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May today there be peace within.
THERESE of Divine Peace
Liturgies on SATURDAY at
WALKING WITH JESUS
Beginning with the palms and hosannas on Palm Sunday (Saturday, Apr 12 at 5), we quickly move into the Passion according to the gospel of Matthew. The juxtaposition is stark and startling, setting the stage for Holy Week’s ups and downs and ups again.
On Thursday at sundown, our High Holy Days begin. In order to experience as fully as possible the heights and the depths of these three days—the history and the theology, the roots and the branches of our Christian faith—we must be there from start to finish.
We meet in the Upper Room on Holy Thursday (Apr 17 at 6) to celebrate Seder, including Jewish prayers and our own Passover meal; and then that Last Supper according to the gospel of John, when we rediscover the true calling of ministry is washing feet. Ending the night with the haunting Tantum Ergo, we return on Friday (Apr 18 at 7) for Passion according to the gospel of John, the mournful veneration of the Cross and the carefully preserved leftovers from the night before because we know there can be no celebration of new life without the death of what came before.
Then the holiest day of the Christian year—the Vigil of Easter that begins at sundown on Saturday (Apr 19 at 8). We light the new fire that sparks our memories of stardust, recount our salvation history, ring our bells and joyfully sing our Glorias, and welcome once again a cleansing rebirth in baptismal waters as we recreate the sacred meal in the presence of our ever-living brother Jesus.
Christ is risen, Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia!
10 – Mary H
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