Church of St Francis of Assisi

Church Bulletin 20 April 2014

Weekly Reflection

“Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.

Easter Vigil: Matt 28:1-10

As we enter into Holy Week, let us reflect on the Paschal Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil. These 3 days commemorate the triumph of the love God over death and sin and like the Jews who were freed as slaves from the Pharaoh, we too are freed from the bondage of sin.

It is important for us to try and attend all the Masses during the Paschal Triduum to fully appreciate the redemptive work of God. These 3 days is the greatest feast in the Church and to miss out on any diminishes the significance of God's sacrifice and love.

On Holy Thursday, we commemorate the Lord's Last Supper, the institution of the Sacrament of the Eucharist and Holy Orders and accompany Jesus from the Upper Room to the Garden of Gethsemane. We are called to stay, wait and accompany him at the Altar of Repose till midnight.

On Good Friday, we commemorate the Lord's death and passion. On this day, no Masses are celebrated as the tabernacle has been emptied the night before. No music is played and the liturgical vestments are red, signifying the blood of Jesus. We venerate the Cross by coming forward and kissing it. Communion is distributed at the end of the services.

Liturgically, Easter Vigil belongs to Easter Sunday and so on this day, we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. This day, the elects receive the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation after a year long preparation. We are also called to renew our baptismal promises alongside the newly baptised.

So during this week, do take some time to attend the services and Masses on these 3 days. Easter without the Crucifixion has little meaning.