Wishing you and your loved ones perseverance in finishing the Lenten fast and joy in partaking of the Easter celebrations.
We have entered the high point of our liturgical year.
The Easter Triduum begins Friday, April 19, 2019.
We are in Holy Week; Easter Week is upon us.
We visited with our Lord in his moment of triumph – Palm Sunday; walk alongside him and his apostles in his preparation for the Easter Passover; agonize with him during his passion in Gethsemane, before the Sanhedrin, in the praetorium, on his journey to and crucifixion on Golgotha, sharing in his agony as Saint Paul so poignantly remarks in his letter to the Colossians:
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, (Col 1:24)
The Lord has Risen
Finally, we rejoice with Mary Magdala, Peter and John, the disciples on the road to Emmaus, the apostles, and countless others of ages long gone, today, and until the end of time.
Victory over death is accomplished. Reconciliation with our heavenly Father is achieved.
Triumphantly we sing the Te Deum:
Your are God: we praise you;
You are the Lord: we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
Father of majesty unbounded,
Your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
And the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You Christ, are the king of glory,
The eternal Son of the Father.
When you became man to set us free
You did not spurn the Virgin’s womb.
You overcame the sting of death,
And opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come, and be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help your people,
Bought with the price of your own blood,
And bring us with your saints
To glory everlasting.
Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Easter Season,
Brian Jenkins, Outreach Coordinator