NO HOLY THURSDAY SERVICE TODAY
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE ON FRIDAY AT 4:30 P.M.
EASTER MASS ON SUNDAY AT 10:00 A.M.
Today recalls Jesus’ Last Supper among his closest friends–followers and family. We can only imagine the emotions he was experiencing during this meal knowing that his earthly time among his devoted followers, friends and family was coming to an end.
It was within this meal that Jesus first prayed the beautiful prayer included in John’s gospel, chapter 17 that is the basis for our Church’s name, All Are One. What was uppermost in Jesus’ mind was that this beloved group, would be one, in love, with him and for the world–that love would be the basis for all that they did, going forward.
They would be sorely tested with Jesus’ death, but would live through that and with the Spirit, would be empowered to spread all that Jesus taught in love.
This day is traditionally the day that we remember the institution of the Eucharist and the day connected with priestly ordination in our Church. Because of Jesus’ love for humanity, he gave us the Eucharist so that when people gathered, in his name, they could “have him” with them in a special way.
These days — Holy Thursday — Good Friday — and Holy Saturday are solemn days in our Church Year, meant to prepare us for the joy of Easter–where we become, “Easter-Alleluia People–“Friday and Sunday” are of a piece, in our faith – the dying, yes, but the rising too!
We will gather this week on Friday at 4:30 P.M. to remember Jesus’ total gift of himself to show us the way, the truth and the life we are each called to live.
Easter Sunday Mass will be at 10 A.M. There will be no fellowship afterward to enable those who may be traveling to get to their destinations on time.
Peace and love, Alleluia (a bit early).
Readings for Good Friday:
- Isaiah 52: 13 — 53: 12
- Hebrews 4: 14-16; 5: 7-9
- Passion Reading — John 18: 1 — 19: 42
Readings for Easter Sunday:
- Acts 10: 34, 37-43
- 1 Corinthians 5: 6-8
- John 20: 1-18
A blessed Easter to all!