This year we will rely on all the saints and angels to offer worship to God in the Triduum Liturgy; it begins at nightfall on Holy Thursday and culminates in the Great Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night. Our souls live close to this great mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection, actually dwelling within it. Even if our bodies are not in Church to sing our witness to the Risen Christ, our souls will join with all the saints and angel in a beautiful spiritual communion.
The Adoration Chapel will remain open with the Blessed Sacrament exposed until midnight on Thursday. At that time the Blessed Sacrament will be removed from the chapel and from the tabernacle in the main church. Both the chapel and the church will remain open as we join Christians all over the world in the one day when there truly is no Eucharist; we will long for an answer to our prayer and trust God’s power to save us through the death of Jesus on the Cross.
We will live-stream the Easter Vigil beginning at 7:30 pm on Saturday. It will definitely not be the same. I pray God will provide a special blessing for us, awakening Resurrection Faith within us even though we are experiencing this time of separation.
Please know of my ongoing prayer for you. I am grateful to you for the many ways you are loving one another during our “stay at home to save lives” season. One of you shared with a hopeful message the other day: “And the world came together as we all stay apart.” Because of our faith in Christ Jesus we know that this experience of suffering is a true participation in the suffering of Christ. We pray for healing in the hearts, minds, bodies and spirits of all God’s children, especially for those living with COVID-19.
We will continue our prayer walk on Good Friday at 6:00 pm. This time we will process without the Blessed Sacrament as our prayer will be offered while Jesus is in the tomb. We will journey west on Delor, north on Ridgewood, east on Wallace, north on Alfred and continue weaving our way through all the blocks bound by Delor, Ridgewood, Taft and Alfred.
All that remains for us is fasting and prayer; Jesus taught us that some of the most difficult demons can only be cast out by fasting and prayer. Let us count on that. Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.