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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

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

Spring

There is nothing like Spring to make me feel alive again. I have been working a lot lately, spending far too much time “behind the screen.” Yesterday, I deliberately unplugged and spend four hours outside, communing with the many varieties of weeds that have overtaken my backyard. The sun was warm on my face and a gentle breeze was blowing. Instead of cursing the hard work it takes to rake up the leaves and debris leftover from the rains of winter, I felt lighthearted and grateful. Maybe it was because I was on a wonderful RCIA retreat on Saturday,with so many uplifting moments, or maybe it was because, to my delight, I discovered my giant bearded iris is blooming again midst the weeds. Whatever the case, I felt, for a brief and shining moment,totally at one with the God who knows me as “beloved.” And all was right with the world.

by DC

Bearers of Light

I have had a most interesting Lent so far. Along with the usual challenge of too much to do have been many moments of  sheer illumination. Since Ash Wednesday, I have been recording a series of short chats with people about what they are doing for Lent and posting them on the parish’s new Seeking Faith Podcast. Somehow, when we get together in a quiet place and talk honestly, the inner glow of each person seems to shine more brightly. We have one of those “holy interruptions” that comes from just being who we really are–bearers of Light to the world.  Take a listen to the latest podcast with a friend, Cathy Roby, who is truly a bearer of light to me and so many others privileged to know her: http://tuesday-nights-at-rcia.madewithopinion.com/a-mother-s-lenten-memory/#

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by DC

Be A Light

Is there any cure for spiritual blindness? There seems to be a lot of it lurking around these days. The story of the Man Born Blind in John’s gospel, proclaimed today all over the world, has some answers for us. Through what could be called “the miracle of the mud,” Jesus grants sight to an astounded stranger. Ironically, some others become even more blind, refusing to believe Jesus can heal. Today, people preparing to receive the Easter sacraments (RCIA) experience the Second Rite of Scrutiny after this gospel is read. As prayers for enlightenment are proclaimed and hands are laid on them,  my heart cries out that I, too, can  simply “be a light” in this shadowy world of self-absorption and confusion.  In truth, I need my own blindness healed. I cannot be strong, be open, or be loving unless I submit to the healing touch of Jesus on the eyes of my own soul. Time for on my knees humility–again.

by DC

Open to the Experience

On this Second Sunday of Lent, Jesus is transfigured before his three close friends, Peter, James and John. Overcome with amazement at his dazzling appearance with Elijah and Moses, they fell down in adoration.  Such transfigured encounters with the Holy One, whether the experience emerges from seeing a breath-taking sunset or gazing at a newborn baby, has the same effect on me. I just want to stay there forever, lost in the beauty of the moment. Then overtaken with joy, I try to somehow capture the moment, post it on Instagram, share it with anyone who will stop and pay attention.  Sometimes all I can say (or think) is summarized in these few words: “it is good to be here.” Being open to the transfigured moments in life can take some effort in our busy world of distractions. I will pray this week that all of us relent to a greater openness as we continue our Lenten journey together.

by DC