He Is Risen!
Easter is the feast of the Resurrection of Christ, the oldest and most important Christian celebration. Since the Council of Nicaea (325) Easter has been celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox (beginning of spring). While Christmas, the celebration of the incarnation, has great importance, the victory over death which we celebrate at Easter is of greater importance. Jesus has become our sacrificial lamb, and with his blood symbolically smeared on the doorpost of our hearts, we are saved from the angel of death. But that’s not all, not only are we saved from death we are given new life. He is risen and Alleluia is our song. May we too rise with Him in the next life by following his life of love and service.
As we celebrate Easter differently again this year, there is great reason to hope. Next week we will begin Masses in the Church (at 25% capacity and with restrictions). We will also start weekday Masses next Monday, April 12 (see below for details of new schedule). We have reason to hope because the Domestic Church has also risen and given its rightful place in faith development. Please do not lose this blessing. Make Easter signs and put them in your yard and windows. Let others know that Jesus has risen and we have reason to hope and to rejoice.
Together with our deacons and their wives, pastoral intern and the entire parish staff, we extend to you our prayers for a Happy Easter. We pray that each of you experiences the new and wonderful life our God offers. A big “thank you” to those who had a part in making the Holy Week celebrations so beautiful. And above all, to our incredible God, let us say, THANK YOU. “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad” (Psalm 118:24).