Resurrexit sicut dixit! Alleluia! May the grace of the resurrection of our Lord fill your hearts this joyous season! As might be imagined, the Sacred Triduum is a most beautiful and very full time for the Sisters. Living as we do at the service of the Sacred Liturgy, there was scarcely a breather between Palm Sunday and the present moment for side duties (such as blogging), but now that we are basking in the glow of the Easter season, there may be time to share a little about our Holy Week and Easter, beginning with a few highlights.
“…All the mysteries were lived by Jesus for us, in order to grant us to be, some day, with him where He is by right – in the glory of His Father. Yes, each of us can say with St. Paul: Christ ‘loved me and have Himself up for me.’ And His immolation on the cross was not only the crowning point of the mysteries of His earthly life. It was for me, because He loved me, that He accomplished everything.” - Blessed Columba Marmion
This past Thursday, we gathered with a full Cathedral of faithful to join our Bishop and priests for the annual Chrism Mass.
Dearest Friends in Christ,
Ave Regina Caelorum! Hail, Queen of Heaven!
This newsletter will reach you and your families just as we are about to celebrate the most sacred and grace-filled days of the Liturgical Year. The days of Holy Week and Easter call each of us to be united to Christ in the Paschal Mystery through the Sacred Liturgy. There
is no better way to do this than to keep company with Mary – to strive to see each of Jesus’ redemptive acts through her eyes while pondering them with her in our hearts.
At the gateway of Holy Week stands Palm Sunday. Holy Mother Church celebrates with triumphant joy Christ's Kingship, and simultaneously calls to mind the mystery of His reign on the Cross. From her we receive the blessed palms, carrying them in procession as a proclamation of our readiness to die and for Christ, that dying with Him we may also rise with Him. Concerning this mystery, Fr. Pius Parsch writes: "We cannot separate the Cross from the resurrection; they belong together. They belong together, too, in the life of the Christian, a life of grace which consists in conforming to “the likeness of Christ’s death and resurrection”.
Our Lady standing under the Cross from the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows in September
Friday in Passiontide is dedicated to remembering the suffering endured by our Blessed Mother for our Redemption. Concerning her role in Redemption, Dom Gueranger writes,
On the First Saturday of April, Our Lady of Grace Sodality celebrated the consecration of one of the Sodalists.
Everything around us urges us to mourn. The images of the saints, the very crucifix on our altar, are veiled from our sight. The Church is oppressed with grief. During the first four weeks of Lent, she compassionated her Jesus fasting in the desert; His coming sufferings and crucifixion and death are what now fill her with anguish. We read in to-day’s Gospel, that the Jews threaten to stone the Son of God as a blasphemer: but His hour is not yet come. He is obliged to flee and hide Himself.
CAN we love someone we do not even know? Can we love deeply someone we know only vaguely? Why is Jesus, the adorable, eternal and incarnate Wisdom loved so little if not because he is either too little known or not known at all? - St. Louis Marie de Montfort
APRIL, the first full month of the joyful season of spring, is devoted to the honor of Jesus present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
“Live joyfully; our Lord looks down upon you, and looks upon you with love...” - St. Francis de Sales