While society thinks Easter is over, we Christians know that it has only just begun. We have a church given mandate to celebrate (party) for 50 days, right up to Pentecost Sunday. So, what are you and your faith community doing to maintain the celebration?!
Holy Week has begun. And the good news of 2021 is that we can participate in the Holy Week liturgies in accord with the registration arrangements in parishes. Given that we were unable to have a public celebration of Easter last year, I am wondering what it will be like this year.
In the past couple of years, we have experienced three miscarriages in our family. Beyond the grief of the present moment, this took me back more than thirty years to when one of my brothers and sisters-in-law experienced two miscarriages before having my now grown and larger than life, almost infamous nephews.
At the Vigil Mass at the Cathedral on Saturday night (Jan 30) a young man named Travis celebrated his first communion. I was surprised at how that moment, and our communal acknowledgment of it in the Concluding Rites, lifted my heart and brought a smile to my face.
We will continue to live with the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021 and the immediacy of not knowing and constant change. Therefore, the Diocesan Liturgy Council (DLC) imagines our liturgical life in 2021 as a bridge, spaning the distance between 2020 and the hopes and dreams we may have for 2022.