The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

Today’s readings Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!¡Cristo ha resucitado!  ¡Él ha resucitado!  ¡Aleluya! If anyone’s counting, this has been a very long Mass so far.  And I don’t mean just the blessing of the fire and the candle, the singing of the Exsultet, and the rather extended Liturgy of the Word that… Continue reading The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord

"Christ's gift of giving up his life is so valuable that it outweighs every offense committed from the dawn of time until the end of the world." (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston) With FAITH ALIVE! No. 11, STORIES, March 11, 2013.

Today’s readings Last night, I talked about the New Testament theme of kenosis, which is the idea of self-emptying, of pouring oneself out.  Last night, we talked about that in terms of the call to service: that Jesus himself got up from table, tied a towel around himself and took the lowest position, washing the… Continue reading Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord

Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel gives us a very interesting start to the Sacred Paschal Triduum.  This three-day-long-feast begins with a meal, which makes sense.  But it’s a meal interrupted by a very important teaching.  I think it’s fair to say that Jesus never did anything without also trying to teach something important in the process. … Continue reading Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion: The Way of the Cross

Today’s readings I saw a little comic on Facebook yesterday that had two panels. The top panel was entitled “your way” and showed a stick figure on a bicycle traveling a straight road to the finish line. Smooth sailing, or bicycling, whatever. The bottom panel wasn’t so simple. The same bicyclist had to travel a… Continue reading Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion: The Way of the Cross

Holy Thursday: The Scandal of the Cross

Today’s readings I love what Jesus says to Peter after Peter initially refuses to have his feet washed. “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will understand later.” I kind of feel like that’s what could be said about the entirety of our faith. What we are taught very rarely makes… Continue reading Holy Thursday: The Scandal of the Cross

The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

Today’s readings We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered. During this Triduum journey, I have been reflecting in my homilies on the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. I’ve talked about the fact that this is… Continue reading The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

Good Friday: Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

Today’s readings We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered. Last night, I talked about the cross, and how, while brutal and inconvenient and ugly, it is the way to salvation for all of us. We see… Continue reading Good Friday: Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Today’s readings We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered. The Church sees this evening’s Mass as the beginning of a three-day Liturgy that embodies our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection. These three days are the Paschal… Continue reading Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday: The Reproaches

The Reproaches, known in Latin as the Improperia, are suggested to be chanted during the Veneration of the Cross during the solemn liturgy of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday.  They’re not often done, unfortunately, but I think they are worth our reflection.  They come partly from the book of the Prophet Micah, who laments the… Continue reading Good Friday: The Reproaches

Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Today’s readings We should glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered. That is the proper entrance antiphon, also known as the introit, for this Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper.  It is taken from Paul’s letter to the… Continue reading Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper