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Easter Sunday

April 21, 2019

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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)

I must declare
what I have seen
and heard
to those
who cannot see,

that they, too,
may believe

and CELEBRATE!

Does the leaven of my life proclaim Jesus’ Resurrection?

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Holy Saturday

April 20, 2019

AMDG

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

“The Harrowing of hell”

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As we approach the glorious season of Easter
–all FIFTY DAYS of it!–
here are some ways to bring home the joy.

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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 drink 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?)

The darkness
has been
separated.

It
and Light
are clearly
now
distinct.

There is no mingling.

The call’s
gone forth.
The path
is clear.

I’m free
to make
my exodus
tonight!

How do I use my freedom?
Do I want moral clarity?

Good Friday

April 19, 2019

AMDG

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)

The One
from Whom
I turn my face,

condemned,
abandoned,
spat upon,

retains
His royal mien

and reigns
supreme.


Do I recognize the Crucified Lord in the downtrodden?
Do I stick with Jesus in His suffering?

Holy Thursday

April 18, 2019

AMDG

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)

Man was
designed
to mediate
between
the world
of matter
and the
spiritual realm.

We’re part
of both.

That’s the role
of a priest.

Do I take seriously the responsibilities of my Baptismal priesthood?
Do I reinforce the ministerial priesthood?

 

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, 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…

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)

I need
to wash the feet
of my betrayer.

That’s what Jesus did.

No choice
of man
could alter
His identity.

That’s where
His power lies.

He’s made
that power
mine.

Do I make use of the power God gives me to love my enemies?
Do I let the choices of others rob me of who I most deeply want to be?

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

April 17, 2019

AMDG

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 have
turned back;
I have rebelled.

The silver
burns;
I’m desperate
to hide
my guilt.

But there’s
no hiding
anything
from God.

Do I compound my guilt by trying to hide it?
Do I trust God to redeem me?

Tuesday of Holy Week

April 16, 2019

AMDG

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 called me
before I was born.

He knew
the good
and evil
I would do.

He chose me
anyway.

But I must
correspond
with His designs.

How do I use my free will?
Am I committed to living up to the mission for which God has chosen me, faults and all?

Monday of Holy Week

April 15, 2019

AMDG

Blessed Holy Monday!

Readings:
Isaiah 42:1-7 (the Messiah comes to rescue, not destroy)
Psalm 27:1-3, 13-14 “The Lord is my light and my salvation”
+John 12:1-11 (Mary anoints Jesus’ feet)

I will uphold
the servant
whose perfume
pervades
the world

with wordless love.

Do I begrudge costly expressions of love for God?
Do I permit a Judas to rob me of the freedom to express my love for Jesus?

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