The darkness of the tomb, signified by an empty church during the day of Holy Saturday is transformed by the light of the risen Christ at the Easter Vigil (March 26th, 8:00pm). This, the greatest and most solemn of all Masses in the Church year, begins in darkness which is broken by a small fire and the light of one candle. The light is shared from one candle to another and another until the church is glowing with light. The Easter Proclamation makes known the story of our salvation and Christ’s rising from the dead. We hear the story of God’s plan of salvation retold through the scripture passages from Genesis, Exodus, Isaiah, and Ezekiel, St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, and in St. Luke’s account of the resurrection. We will share in the joy of four new parishioners who will complete their sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) and join us at the table of the Lord for the first time, receiving the body and blood of Christ. We are blessed with the waters of baptism, renewing within us the promise of our own resurrection from the dead. Easter Sunday (March 27, 9:00 am and 11:00 am), is a day of celebration for the church throughout the world. Christ has conquered darkness, sin, and death. He is risen and so will we rise with him if we faithfully live the new life we receive and which is renewed for us by our sharing in the Triduum, the three great days of redemption.
Father Paul Shepherd, Pastor
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