Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord: Vigil and during the Day – 15-16 April 2017 Bathing and Dying.
We see proclaimed this Easter night (or, at least, hear it proclaimed Easter Day) the elect going into the font for baptismal washing and baptismal dying (our two main images for Baptism). Washing away the old, dying to past life. Then, coming out brand new. And seeing / hearing this, we are renewed. Again. This year. Renewed again to be on baptismal mission. Renewed again to be missionary disciples.
- What renewal do I need?
- How will the newly baptized, icons of God’s grace, help me be renewed?
- How will I help the newly baptized become faithful with me, with us?
Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 13 April 2017
Washing, Dining, and Remembering. We hear proclaimed again this day the story of washing the feet of others. A task so menial, lords and ladies did not do it. But the Lord Jesus did. No task is beneath his doing – nor ours. We also hear of dining on bread and wine irrevocably changed. This repeatable task is for remembering liturgically Jesus the Christ and his Paschal Mystery in Body and Blood.
- What must I do?
- How will I be at the service of others? Today? Next week?
- How will I “remember” the Christ – and thus remember us all?
Good Friday: The Passion of the Lord – 14 April 2017
Dying. We hear proclaimed today the story of Jesus and his passion and death. It is a partial remembering of his Pascal Mystery. The ending today, with the empty cross, is glimpse of the complete story. Though dying is an end of sorts, it is not the end of this story. Nor is it the end of our stories. We know it. We believe it. Death leads to new life. Empty cross is sign of everlasting life.
- What is it I still need to let die?
- What newness of life do I need, do I seek?
- How does the empty cross lead me in the life I am to live?
Entering. We hear proclaimed again today the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem, his city and place of destiny. He did this with courage and conviction. He did not let waving branches turn his head, change his mind. We do our entering today – into Holy Week. We face, with Jesus the Christ, our own destiny.
- How can I let people’s praise and adulation not “go to my head”?
- How can I face what I must face with courage and conviction?
- How will I be at prayer and reflection these holy days?
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Palm Sunday, April 9 – St. Aloysius Mass, 7:00 am; St. Mary’s Mass, 8:30 am and 11:15 am
Holy Thursday, April 13 – Mass of the Lord’s Supper, St. Mary’s, 7:00 pm
Good Friday, April 14 – St. Mary’s, 5:30 pm
Easter Vigil, April 15 – St. Mary’s, 8:00 pm
Easter Sunday, April 16 – St. Aloysius Mass, 7:00 am, followed by Easter Egg Hunt; St. Mary’s Mass, 8:30 am, followed by Easter Egg Hunt; Mass 11:15 am
Pope Francis’ Via Crucis Prayer: ‘O Cross of Christ’
“We are called to show mercy because mercy has been shown to us.”
– Pope Francis
Corporal Works of Mercy, Steve Erspamer SM, Clip Art of Year B, no. 48 © 1993, Archdiocese of Chicago. All rights reserved.
The Works of Mercy
Corporal Works of Mercy
The corporal (bodily) works of mercy are:
Pope Francis adds:
Spiritual Works of Mercy
Pope Francis adds:
United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, pages 508 and 529
Download the prayer card with the image of Christ the King on the throne, the Gospel of the great divide of sheep and goats, and the list of the Works of Mercy HERE