Praying The Easter Triduum
We are inviting you to join us as we pray the Great Three Days or the Easter Triduum. Each day we will offer an excerpt from our Liturgical Readings and we will invite you to engage in some practical reflection to help you deepen your relationship with God. Given that this is the greatest feast of our year we suggest that you take a good portion of time as a way of entering more deeply into this Sacred Mystery.
April 16 – Easter Sunday – Acts 10:34-43
34 Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. 37That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’
In this text from the Acts of the Apostles we hear Peter speak of the work that belongs to the followers of Jesus; it is a work of proclamation. Peter sees that he and his companions must now speak of what they have come to know; Jesus Christ is Lord of all, he was crucified and he is now risen, he is the judge of the living and the dead, and he is the one whom the prophets spoke about. This is good news.
As we enter into silence we recognize that the Spirit of God, the Spirit of the Risen Jesus runs through us and rests within us. We too, like Peter, are called to be witnesses of Christ’s life, death and resurrection. As we rejoice today in the celebration of Christ’s new life we rejoice also that we share in the gift of new life. Every morning we awake to find God at work within us and around us. As we sit in silence we savor the wonder of life. As we go forth from our prayer we look to identify and celebrate the work of God.
April 15 – Holy Saturday – Genesis 1:26-29
26 Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind* in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth,* and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’
27 So God created humankind* in his image,
in the image of God he created them;*
male and female he created them.
28God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.’ 29
In this text from Genesis we hear a portion of the story of creation. In this excerpt we hear one of the stories of God creating the human person – in God’s own image which is both male and female. That we, both men and women are created in the image of God is an amazing thing. At one time the translation seemed to suggest that only men were created in the image of God and therefore the use of the pronoun ‘He’ for God was acceptable. Now realizing that God created us male and female in God’s image it is no longer permissible to speak of God as ‘He’ without also using the pronoun ‘She’!
As we enter into silence we are aware that our language and understanding of God is inadequate. We need to expand our image of God. For now we sit with the knowledge that God has made us, we belong to God and every person we meet carries within their being the ‘Divine’ image. We ponder the greatness of our God, who creates life, who sustains life and who transforms death into life. Our God is an awesome God indeed and we are in the image of God.
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Happy Easter. Today is the third day of the Easter Triduum and we focus on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Today (Easter Sunday) we bring to a close the Great Three Days and we continue the Easter Season which will extend until the celebration of Pentecost. Throughout the Easter season we explore the various encounters between the Risen Jesus, the disciples and those early followers of Jesus who struggle to make sense out of what they have seen and heard. While it is not easy for them, nor for us we see that like them we are engaged in a life-time prayer of learning, of proclamation, praise, adoration, celebration and outreach. Our participation in the liturgies of Easter are perhaps the most significant rituals of our earthly life as we learn to give flesh to the God who walks among us.
In the sacred Constitution on the Divine Liturgy we are invited to engage in full, conscious and active participation in our public prayer; our liturgies. This work of prayer, of giving thanks, praise and glory to our God is our work; the work of every baptized person. In this work we are drawn together as God's People and the gift of salvation seeps into our words and our actions; our flesh and spirit. Not only are we drawn together, we are also drawn into the mystery of God. In God we find our fulfillment and our completion. This journey into God continues throughout our whole life and is completed as we pass from this life into eternal life. Let us walk this path together, supporting each other and nourishing ourselves with the sacred Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As you join us in silent, contemplative prayer, may you experience the promise and the power of Christ’s compelling love. This is our prayer as we engage in our daily activities.
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