Did you know that as we come to the end of Lent, which officially ends at dusk on Holy Thursday, we will gather to celebrate One Liturgy? This Liturgy includes: The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday Friday of the Passion of the Lord on Good Friday and Holy Saturday; Easter Vigil
Yes! This is considered one continuous Liturgy and you might note that there is not a closing song on Holy Thursday, there is no Gathering Hymn on Good Friday and we leave in silence, again no closing hymn. Then at the Easter Vigil, we begin, not with a Gathering Hymn, but with the proclamation of the Light that has entered the darkness as we continue the Liturgy that leads us to the glorious celebration of Jesus Risen from the dead.
And have you noticed that we have not spoken, nor sang the word alleluia during the Lenten season? That word is “packed away” during Lent in preparation for its grand re-entry as the faithful rejoice in the Risen Lord. The Easter Vigil is the grandest of all Liturgical celebrations in the Catholic Church. Beginning with the New Light of Christ, the darkness and sin of the world is overcome by the Light and Love of Jesus Christ. God has fully revealed Godself in the Paschal Mystery; the life, death and Resurrection of his Son.
As the Readings begin at the Easter Vigil, we are transported through time to experience God interacting with humanity as we hear of Creation, the Covenant and Promise of God to be with his people, we experience the Passover celebration of our Jewish ancestors and how God chose Moses to lead the people out of Egypt and slavery to a new land and a new life. We hear of Abraham and his deep faith in God as God prevents him from sacrificing his son Isaac; all of this history a foreshadowing or prelude to the ultimate Passover of Jesus Christ from death to New Life. From the beginning of time God has desired to make himself known to the people he created in his own image, a people who somehow needed to learn of God’s great mercy, forgiveness and unconditional love. This is the story of our salvation! This is the story of God’s love for each and every one of us!
We as a people have no other recourse than to open our hearts, hearts drawn to God by his design, and accept the pure gift of salvation. Jesus Lives! We are Saved! God is with us Always!
As we gather to celebrate the Triduum (Three Days), let us give thanks to God. Let us love God by loving one another and treating all of God’s people as Jesus Christ. Draw close to Christ this sacred week.
In prayer and with gratitude,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
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