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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

A Blessed Holy Week

I have not been able to blog most recently due to my being terribly busy but hopefully I will be able to get back to it soon. I have been preaching a series this Holy Week on the identity of the Servant, the mission of the Servant and the vindication of the Servant, to set within our hearts the reality of our sharing in all three of these by our union with Christ. Identifying the Servant within these three emphasis from the OT Readings from Isaiah has been quite profitable to me and has been received well by those who have heard them. Having been out of the regular pulpit ministry of teaching for 9 months, due to my postgrad work here in Durham, and now having this opportunity during Holy Week to preach three nights in a row, has made me miss the priestly ministry all the more. I especially miss all the preparations for Easter and the excitement of the week, though it was and still is always tiring, but always worth every ounce of preparation when we arrive at the first Eucharist on Easter morning.

I want to wish all of my readers a very blessed Holy Week and a glorious Triduum and a Blessed Easter Celebration!

"These "Three Days" are at the heart of the Paschal Mystery; they remind us of death and rebirth and are the most important days of celebration in the Catholic Church throughout the world. We walk in joyful celebration along the road from betrayal and suffering, to death and resurrection with Jesus Christ who walked that way first - for us.

Lent exists so that we can prepare ourselves for the Easter Triduum. In the afternoon of Holy Thursday, Lent quietly comes to an end, almost unnoticed.

The Triduum liturgies are rich with experiences that we have at no other time during the Church year: the washing of feet, the veneration of the cross, the service of light, the singing of the Exultet, the baptism of the elect, the reception of candidates into full membership in the Catholic Church. During these three days, we focus on one event - the Passover of the Lord, our Easter.

We come together with all Christians to pray and keep vigil. We gather as the people of God to remember the saving act of Jesus, the miracle of his resurrection and to celebrate our faith and identity as Christians. Because Christ was willing to die for our sins and was raised from the dead, death is no longer the end of life for us. It is the beginning of a new life in Him."

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