Triduum Day 3: Holy Saturday

After the startling events of Good Friday, Holy Saturday dawns quietly on the third day of the Triduum. It’s a day to remain in the tomb and await the biggest event in the Christian calendar – celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. However, for some special people, called “Elect” and “Candidates” in the RCIA process, anticipation  occupies all of their thoughts on Holy Saturday. Tonight, they will be initiated into the Catholic Church at the great Easter Vigil, the most dramatic and joyful event of the year.  Like Jesus, they are ready to rise from the tomb of their past lives and be created anew. During the Vigil, we are all reminded of this shared destiny. The tomb, then, becomes a birthing place. Through Jesus, death no longer has power over us!

We invite you to come and join us as we celebrate the Great Easter Vigil beginning at 8:00 p.m. This is a three hour liturgy that includes the reception of the sacraments of initiation. If you cannot be there or are confined, we invite you to watch our live broadcast by going to http://stedward.com/stedcast/ (This  liturgy will also be archived on our YouTube channel for later viewing).

by DC

Triduum Day 2: Good Friday

We enter today into the most solemn day of the Triduum – the commemoration of the death of Jesus on the cross of Calvary. We call these short but history-changing hours, the “Passion” of Jesus. The word comes from the Latin,”passio” which means passive. Up until this point, Jesus’ public life was just the opposite – He actively gave his life away by healing, miracle-working and preaching. Then, at the appointed time, he passively, but intentionally, laid down his life. No one took it from him. Rather, in a selfless and unparalleled act of love, Jesus offered his very death as a gift for all humanity.

We invite you to join with our community as we commemorate the events of Good Friday in two different liturgies: the traditional Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 12:00 noon  and/or Lamentations at 7:00 p.m., a modern reflection on Good Friday. If you cannot be there or know someone who is confined, watch our live  or archived broadcast by going to:;http://stedward.com/stedcast/

by DC

Triduum Day 1: Holy Thursday

Today the universal Church enters into the Easter Triduum – three days when we shift our focus to the most important events in the life of Christ and thus in our lives too. We come face-to-face this first day with the great “mandatum,” or  mandate of love and servant leadership given by Jesus at the Last Supper. What a shock it must have been for the apostles when Jesus interrupted the Passover dinner (something they were very familiar with) to wash their feet. Peter protested at first, not understanding the symbolism of the servile act.  Clearly, the statement was made – unless we are willing to serve others in a very graphic way, kneeling at their feet, we don’t get what it really means to follow Jesus.

Join with the St. Edward the Confessor community as we experience the Washing of the Feet, and celebrate the Institution of the Eucharist at the Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 P.M.   If you cannot be present tonight or know someone who is confined, we invite you to watch our live or archived broadcast:  http://stedward.com/stedcast/

by DC

The Gift

There’s a story about a grandfather who started a journal for his granddaughter. He wrote about all their activities together. He wrote about the good times and some hard times. The young girl grew up to be a beautiful person in so many ways and her grandfather-captured moments that were poignant, raw, delicate and heartwarming. When the women turned twenty-one, and her grandfather was growing old, he gave her the journal as a birthday gift. The women was flabbergasted when she unwrapped the present and started to read about her life as seen from the eyes of her dying grandfather. What a witness to a life God gifted to the world. The young women could not fathom the deep-rooted thoughts, the countless memories and the picture of her in the arms of a man she came to admire. She would cherish this gift more than the stars in the sky or the grains of salt in the sea. She was a women embraced by the heart of another. What a gift. What a witness.

by Diego

Witness to Love

Throughout the gospels Jesus shows me the ABC’s of love. He unfalteringly exhibits this love through acts of healing, forgiveness and acceptance. The woman at the well, the story of the Good Samaritan, the woman caught in adultery, the healing of the Centurion’s servant, the thief on the cross, the lost sheep; everywhere and always Jesus reveals his mercy. His love is never contingent on a person’s religious practice, ethnicity, country of origin or “worthiness”.  His is a love without concern for borders, religion, race, language or politics.  So for me, I’m going to follow Christ, no matter how unpopular or odious it may be to the powers of this world. I will be a witness of love for the poor, the homeless, the stranger, the marginalized, the demonized, the forgotten, the imprisoned, the sinful and the difficult to love among us. God says it. My Catholic faith teaches it. I believe it. “Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:8

by Andrew

Witness to the Paschal Mystery

The year 2017 began for me with an unexpected event. My mother took seriously ill and then had a heart attack. The doctor’s prognosis was that because she was advanced in years, she was at the end of life and that she would not recover. This news precipitated my going East to help her and my Dad as much as I could. Even though  I was very much saddened at the thought of losing my Mom. a dear friend reminded me that I was being witness to the Paschal Mystery in my own life. Her words were a great comfort to me as I was able to be part of my mother’s final preparations and watch her continuing to pray daily. Even at the very  moment her earthly life ended she  had her rosaries in hand. My gift of faith came from my parents and I pray that I can continue to be a witness for the Lord until I am called home.

by JAM

Be A Witness

Today is Palm or Passion Sunday, marking the beginning of  Holy Week. Lent is almost over but not before we bear witness, in a very real way, to what happened before the resurrection, namely the Last Supper, the betrayal and crucifixion of Jesus. The gospel readings today (two of them) bring us face-to-face with the reality of being a Christian. First, we wave palm branches as we hear the story of how Jesus rides into Jerusalem and is greeted like a celebrity. Then, the exultation  turns into anguish with the reading of the Passion narrative. stirring up a myriad of feelings. I always wonder what kind of witness I would have been. Would I have wept with the women? Or jeered with the mob? Would I have yelled “crucify him!” or denied I knew him? Perhaps I would have remained silent out of fear for my life. I hope and pray that when the time comes to be a witness, the Christ in me will rise easily, transmitting his self-sacrificing love to a world in need.

by DC

Feeling Free

I am most alive when I feel free. I feel free when I am singing or doing something creative because I love them. It is harder for me sometimes to feel alive in my relationships with others. I am in process of focusing on the essential goodness of others instead of focusing on their guilt, i.e. where they have wronged me, or their “otherness.” When I pay attention to a negative quality I project on them, I feel separated and bound up in my inner negative diatribe. I do not feel alive and free. Our thoughts simply crucify us and the other or save us both.  When I focus on the essential goodness in others, I am being present for the divine spark of the Holy in them. I am free to love and be loved. The crucified Lord lives in each of us if we open ourselves up to seeing the world and each other through His eyes. I am free, and filled with love when I see the world through God’s eyes. Only then can I be fully alive! Please enjoy,“Fully Alive in Your Spirit!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkqsKp-2sYw

by Gracie