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Easter Season

April 1, 2018

JMJ

Blessed Easter!

Easter, like Christmas, is not the celebration of a day.
At its height, it’s an entire week.
For eight days (the octave of Easter), the Church celebrates every day as a Solemnity:
a week of Sundays.
The season continues for a total of fifty days–longer than the season of Lent!
Here are some ways to make the most of it.

Share the joy–invite friends and family to celebrate with you!

God bless your celebration!

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Easter Sunday

April 1, 2018

JMJ

Blessed Resurrection Sunday!

Readings:
Acts 10: 34, 37-43 (St. Peter proclaims Jesus’ death and resurrection)
Psalm 118: 1-2, 16-17, 22-23 “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad”
Colossians 3:1-4 (set your heart on things above)
OR I Corinthians 5:6-8 (celebrate, not with corruption, but with sincerity and truth)
Sequence:

Christians, to the Paschal Victim
Offer your thankful praises!
A Lamb the sheep redeems: Christ,
Who only is sinless,
Reconciles sinners to the Father.
Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous:
The Prince of life, Who died, reigns immortal.
Speak, Mary, declaring
What you saw wayfaring.
“The tomb of Christ, Who is living,
The glory of Jesus’ resurrection;
Bright angels attesting,
The shroud and napkin resting.
Yes, Christ my hope is arisen”
To Galilee He goes before you.”
Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining.
Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!
Amen. Alleluia.

+John 20:1-9 (At Mary Magdalene’s word, Peter and John run to the empty tomb)

Lift up your head!

Christ has been raised!

So you must raise
your eyes,
your life
to Him
on high!

Leave earth
behind.
It cannot bind
your newly
resurrected
soul!

Have I made Jesus’ resurrection my own?
To what/Whom to I give my attention?

Holy Saturday

March 31, 2018

JMJ

Blessed Holy Saturday!

“… in the saying, “God rested on the seventh day,” [Exodus 20:11]
he signified by a great mystery the Lord and our Savior Jesus Christ Himself,
who spoke and said, “My Father is at work until now, and I am at work as well” [John 5:17].
For the Lord Jesus is, of course, God.
For He is the Word of God, and you have heard that
“in the beginning was the Word” [John 1:1]; and not any word whatsoever,
but “the Word was God, and all things were made by Him” [John 1:3].
He was perhaps signified as about to rest on the seventh day from all His works.
For, read the Gospel, and see what great works Jesus wrought.
He wrought our salvation on the cross,
that all things foretold by the prophets might be fulfilled in Him.
He was crowned with thorns; He hung on the tree; said, “I thirst” [John 19:28]
received vinegar on a sponge, that it might be fulfilled which was said,
“And in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.”(Psalm 69:22)
And when all His works were completed, on the sixth day of the week,
He bowed His head and gave up the ghost,
and on the Sabbath-day He rested in the tomb from all His works.”
-St. Augustine, “Tractates on the Gospel According to St. John”, Tractate 17, 15

What is happening?
Today there is a great silence over the earth,
a great silence, and stillness,
a great silence because the King sleeps
-Ancient Homily from Holy Saturday

 



Easter Vigil

 

Readings:
Genesis 1:1-2:2 (Creation)
Psalm 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12-14, 24, 35 “Lord, send out Your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth”
or Psalm 33:4-7, 12-13, 20-22 “The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord”
Genesis 22:1-18 (Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac–foreshadowing of Jesus’ crucifixion)
Psalm16:5, 8-11 “Keep me safe O God; You are my hope”
Exodus 14:15-15:1 (the parting of the Red Sea–foreshadowing of Baptism)
Exodus 15:1-6, 17-18 “Let us sing to the Lord; He has covered Himself in glory”
Isaiah 54:5-14 (God, our Bridegroom, will take us back, and love us)
Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13 “I will praise You, Lord, for You have rescued me”
Isaiah 55:1-11 (God offers us food and water without cost from His abundance)
Isaiah 12:2-6 “You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation”
Baruch 3:9-15, 32-4:4 (we are in need because we have forsaken God, the Source of everything)
Psalm 19:8-11 “Lord, You have the words of everlasting life”
Ezekiel 36:16-28 (God will forgive and renew us for His own sake)
Psalm 42:3, 5; 43:3, 4 “Like a deer that long for running streams, my soul longs for You, my God”
or Is 12:2-6 “You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation”
or Psalm 51:12-15, 18-19 “Create a clean heart in me, O God”
Romans 6:3-11 (because we have been baptized into Jesus’ death, death has no more power over us)
Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 “Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!”
+Mark 16:1-7 (the women meet an angel at the empty tomb)

He loved me into being,
knowing
I would
choose
my own demise.

He staged a rescue!
split the sea,
destroyed
my enemies,
and died
with me.

He pleads
as from our tomb
He climbs,
that I might
follow
Him
to Paradise.

Do I return love for Love?
Will I let Jesus leave the tomb without me?

Good Friday

March 30, 2018

JMJ

Blessed Good Friday,

Today begins the novena of Divine Mercy.

Also, there is a plenary indulgence available for the asking
for devoutly assisting at the adoration of the Cross in today’s solemn liturgical action,
with the usual conditions of Confession, Communion,
prayer for Pope Francis’ intentions
and no attachment to sin.

We pick up where we left off last night…

Readings:
Isaiah 52:13- 53:12 (He Himself was wounded for our sins)
Psalm 31:2,6,12-13,15-17, 25 “Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit”
Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9 (our High Priest sympathizes with our weakness)
+John 18:1-19:42 (the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ)

He must do it
for me
but He won’t do it
without
me.

His great hands
enfolding mine
redeem the damage
I have caused.

He steadies me
to bear the nails
that build
His form
in me.

How docile am I in God’s hands?
How has my share in His crucifixion changed my life?

Holy Thursday

March 29, 2018

JMJ

Blessed Holy Thursday!

We begin at noon, at the cathedral, as our bishop, our successor to the apostles,
gathers his brother priests to celebrate the Chrism Mass.
At this Mass, chrism, the perfumed oil
which is used to signify the indelible gift of the Holy Spirit
in the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders,
will be consecrated.
As Christ (literally, “the anointed one”) was anointed priest, prophet and king
(see Exodus 29: 1-9, I Kings 19:16, Samuel 10:1 & 16:1-13, Acts 10:38),
so are Christians–with chrism.
The Oil of Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick will be blessed at this Mass,
and priests will renew their commitment to the ordained priesthood
which Christ instituted on this day when He commanded His first bishops,

Do this in remembrance of Me
~Luke 22:19

Chrism Mass

Readings for the Mid-day Chrism Mass:
Isaiah 61:1-9 (The Lord anointed me to bring glad tidings to the lowly)
Psalm 89:21-22, 25-27 “Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord”
Revelation 1:5-8 (Christ has made us into a Kingdom, priests for His God and Father)
+Luke 4:16-21 (The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me)

Our priests
are thrice-anointed
with the consecrating oil
that sets apart
the men
commissioned
to fulfill
the ancient
promises
of healing,
liberation,
hope,
and joy.

Have I allowed God to deliver me through the hands of His anointed?
Have I put my gifts at the service of God’s priests?

 


 

The Sacred Triduum

At long last we enter the Sacred Triduum,
literally “three days”
that form a single celebration of the Passion, Death and Resurrection
of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We see, we hear, we smell, we taste, we touch
–we are immersed–
in the mysteries of our salvation.
There are significant intermissions in this one celebration, so that we can go home and rest,
but the celebration we begin tonight will not end until Easter Sunday.
This is the culmination, the highest point, of the entire year.

Come, let us worship…

 

Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Readings:
Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 (the first Passover)
Psalm 116:12-13, 15-18 “Our blessing-cup is a communion with the blood of Christ”
I Corinthians 11:23-26 (the institution of the Eucharist)
+John 13:1-15 (Jesus washes His disciples’ feet)

Do I allow
the Lord
to wash
my feet,
when He
approaches me
with Love
beyond
my power
to comprehend?

Or do I
pull away
in safe
propriety?

Note:
There is a plenary indulgence available for the asking
for praying the “Tantum Ergo” (Down in Adoration Falling)
during reposition after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper tonight,
with the usual conditions of Confession, Communion,
prayer for Pope Francis’ intentions
and no attachment to sin.

Wednesday of Holy Week

March 28, 2018

JMJ

Blessed Spy Wednesday!

Spy Wednesday is a popular term, not a liturgical one,
yet it describes Judas’ new position among the disciples.
Today he becomes a spy among the Twelve, an informer for the enemy,
waiting for the opportune moment to hand over his Lord to condemnation and death.

Readings:
Isaiah 50:4-9 (My face I did not shield from buffets and spitting)
Psalm 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34 “Lord, in Your great love, answer me.”
+Matthew 26:14-25 (Woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed)

I cannot call Him
Lord,
He
Who no longer
has my ear.
I will not
hear
the Word
designed
to rouse me
from my crime.

Am I receptive to God’s attempts to save me from myself?
Am I defending my way or God’s?

Tuesday of Holy Week

March 27, 2018

JMJ

Blessed Tuesday!

Readings:
Isaiah 49:1-6 (God has prepared His servant for a mission to the whole world)
Psalm 71:1-6, 17 “I will sing of Your salvation”
+John 13: 21-33, 36-38 (Jesus predicts Judas’ betrayal & Peter’s denial)

He knows
my failure
before I
fall
into it
and knows
how I will
benefit
or not
(by my own choice)
from lessons
learned
or squandered,
so
He does not
hold me back
but sends me forth
to die
and rise.

Do I have the courage to fail my way to success?
Do I love others in the midst of their failures as Jesus loves me in mine?

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