Happy Easter Everybody! This Triduum is always such a joy! It is especially beautiful here at our Cathedral parish, with our wonderful bishop celebrating all the special liturgies, our angelic choir singing Gregorian chant in the loft (Visit the blog of one of our talented choir ladies here: http://nettiesworld.com/), and the best and most reverent altar boys in the diocese (Two of them being my brothers.)!
On Holy Thursday we gathered for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, our last Mass until Easter! It was so BEAUTIFUL! Then we processed in great grandeur to our fellowship hall where we reposed our Eucharistic Lord and adored Him a while. How sad to be without the Blessed Sacrament for so long!
The story of the Divine Pelican: http://www.catholiceducation.org/en/culture/catholic-contributions/the-symbolism-of-the-pelican.html
Eucharistic miracle video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbg_dhI4XCs&feature=youtu.be
On Good Friday we read the Passion “skit” reading together as a Church during the Communion Service. (I never feel quite that comfortable with the congregation reading the part of the chorus shouting “Crucify Him!”, but it is indeed true that we are the reason He suffered what He did. We shout that every time we sin.) The church was so empty! No Holy Water, no bishop’s ring, no statues, no perpetual adoration chapel, no sanctuary decorations, and no Eucharist!
Good Friday conversion story: https://americaneedsfatima.org/Family-Series/the-little-barrel.html?utm_source=sm-anf&utm_content=E.15040_Split3
The Passion of the Christ “My Deliverer” music video (Moves me to tears!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDr4OM72LJ4
On Holy Saturday: nothing, absolutely nothing. That’s exactly it. There is nothing without Jesus. We simply wait with Our Lady of Solitude at the tomb for the Easter we know is coming, sharing in her faith.
Donate to the building of Our Lady of Solitude Monastery: http://desertnuns.com/about-us/dreams-to-reality
OLOS Monastery’s stained glass windows video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=83Tz69b–No
And then the beautiful Easter Vigil! More than half the church had to be reserved for all 920 converts! The sanctuary decorations were back, the bishop’s ring was back, the Holy Water was back, the Perpetual Adoration Chapel was back, the statues were back, and best of all the Eucharist was back! I was so glad when the sanctuary lamp was lit! So happy to have a reason to genuflect again! Easter is here! Jesus is back! Alleluia!
Litany for Easter: http://www.prayerbook.com/Litanies/litaeast.htm
“My Jesus I Love Thee” music video (one of my favorite hymns): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmglHQddxA4
Have an awesome Easter! God bless you!