During the past two years, we have lived out a prolonged Lent in the world and within the Church—a time of dryness and aridity, distance and isolation not only from each other, our parish community, but also (and even more importantly) the Sacraments, the source of our spiritual nourishment and strength.
This week we will shift from a time of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving into the most solemn and important three days of the liturgical year: the Sacred Triduum.
Unlike the past two years, this year’s celebrations will be different because all Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted. We will have the immense joy of being able to celebrate the great mysteries of our faith together freely and as a community in our parish church. For this reason, we would like to cordially invite you not only to come and worship, but to also welcome and encourage your loved ones, family, friends, and neighbors to join us in person! Also, to mark this special time, we have invited Fr. Mark Augustine to share his reflections on the Paschal Mysteries and accompany us on our journey with Christ throughout this Holy Week. (Please see the parish bulletin or website for the schedule).
In giving us His very own Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Eucharist on Holy Thursday; offering His very Self as a sacrifice and expiation for our sins on the Cross on Good Friday; and miraculously rising from the dead to open Heaven on Easter Sunday, Our Lord spared nothing. He gave absolutely everything of His sacred humanity and divinity for our eternal good. Let us, likewise, love Him in return by doing absolutely everything necessary to attend and to enter fully into the Paschal Triduum as a community and in person at our local parishes. For, this opportunity is both a gift and a reminder that, even in the desert of our souls and world, God sends His consolations and graces and the beautiful desert flowers of Jesus Christ’s resurrection and victory over sin and death bloom.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Arthur Marat, Fr. Dominic Vinh Ha, Fr. Daniel J. Brady, and Fr. Mark Augustine
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