We have recently felt the roller coaster of emotions that accompany Holy Week. We experience anticipation and penance as we spend our 40 days in Lent. We experience the ache of sadness as we recall Christ’s suffering and death. And then we exult and exclaim with joy “Christ is Risen,
Alleluia, Alleluia” as we celebrate Christ’s resurrection and victory over sin. Our experience during the liturgies of Holy Week should bring us, each year, to a deeper understanding of Christ’s
sacrifice for us. It is due to these liturgies that we are reminded why the Eucharist is the “source and summit” of our Christian life.
These liturgies do not come together overnight, and so it’s an excellent time to spend a moment in thanksgiving for all of the hard work and preparation that went into Holy Week. While there is
literally not enough space to thank everyone personally in this reflection, I do want to spend a
moment to highlight a few persons. Thanks to Father Nong, Janet, Gerri, Claire and Frank, Mary Anne, Clem, our wonderful choirs, altar and adult servers, readers, extra-ordinary ministers of holy communion, greeters, collectors and counters, facilitators, decorators, those who had their feet washed, those who assisted with setup, the Liturgical Committee members, and all those whose prayers and or presence made these liturgies a success.
We now transition into the 50 days of the Easter season, or Eastertide. The entire 50 days are
celebrated as one feast day, which St. Athanasius referred to as “the Great Sunday”. While we did not have any adults receive Christian initiation locally, it is still a time for us to pray especially for all those who have been initiated into the Church around the world. It is also a time for us to focus on strengthening our community of faith. As Saint John Chrysostom stated over 1600 years ago:
“Come you all: enter into the joy of your Lord. You the first and you the last, receive alike your
reward, you rich and you poor, dance together; you sober and you weaklings, celebrate the day; you who have kept the fast and you who have not, rejoice today.”
Let us spend the next 50 days, concluding with Pentecost Sunday, rejoicing in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is risen, Alleluia, Alleluia!