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Keep Celebrating!!

March 27, 2016

JMJ

Blessed Easter Season!

Since we have fifty days to celebrate God’s victory over sin and death,
we’ll need special ways to keep the graces flowing.
You can find some ideas here.

Enjoy!

Easter Sunday

March 27, 2016

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)

StPeterJohnTomb
He was not seen
by everyone
and even those He’d chosen
didn’t understand
the clues
He left behind.

They were still tied
to what they knew,
to things of earth;
old leaven
must be cast away,
lest the new harvest’s dough
be wholly spoiled.

All must be new!

Have I staked my joy
on God’s transcendent Truth?

Holy Saturday

March 26, 2016

JMJ

Blessed Holy Saturday!

Today
the Church is, as it were, at the Lord’s tomb,
meditating on His Passion and death,
and on His descent into hell,
and awaiting His Resurrection with prayer and fasting
~Paschalis Solemnitatis, paragraph 73

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Easter Vigil

Note: a plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who,
at the celebration of the Easter Vigil (or on the anniversary of their own Baptism)
renew their baptismal vows in any legitimately approved formula,
with the usual conditions of Confession, Communion, prayer for Pope Francis’ intentions
and no attachment to sin.

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!”
+Luke 24:1-12 (Why do you seek the living among the dead?)

‘Twas He
Who set
the stars in place
Who calls them each
by name,
Who formed
and loved
the human race
as only Wisdom
can.

JesusMaryResurrection
‘Tis He
Who takes me
by the hand
and bids me
to be brave
as through the jaws
of death
we go

to splendor
in the grave.

Do I entrust myself
to the One Who’s conquered death?

Good Friday

March 25, 2016

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)
JesusCross
It looked as though
they had control,

first Judas,
then the elders,
finally Pilate,
as they handed Jesus over,
over, over…
but they could not
shake His soul!

It was the Lord,
in full possession
of Himself,

Who gave the Word
to hand His Spirit
to the Father:
the fulfillment
of His Life.

Who is in control of my life?

Holy Thursday

March 24, 2016

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)
JesusHealing
My privilege
is to bring joy
and healing,
favor,
liberty,
to those who’ve been
downtrodden.

That’s the blessing
I prefer.

Whose benefit do I seek in using the gifts God’s given me?

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The Sacred Triduum

Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

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, hear, smell, taste, 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…

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)PassoverStainedGlass
+John 13:1-15 (Jesus washes His disciples’ feet)

As twilight falls
we gather,
to fulfill
the Lord’s command
to re-enact
our rescue
from sure death.

But now
He leads usLastSupperStainedGlass
into death,
to share
the bitter cup
that makes us clean
forevermore.

Do I welcome my share in Jesus’ Passion?

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 23, 2016

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)

Judas
‘Twas Judas
got the money;
Christ,
the Cross.

Both ended
on a tree.

Christ
saved the world,
while Judas
suffered loss.

What advantage would it be
if I gained the whole world
–or even just avoided suffering–
but lost my soul?

Tuesday of Holy Week

March 22, 2016

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)

I am
His favored weapon,
polished,
sharpened,
and concealed
to wield
in fighting
for the world.

And even though
I fault and fail,
the Master swordsman
will prevail
.

Do I protest when God draws me in His battle for the world’s salvation?

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