Wishing You a Blessed and Holy Easter
Nazareth Retreat Center,
Sister Sharon and Sister Carol
Reflections for the Triduum and Easter Season
This week we celebrate a sacred time, the time of the Triduum, including Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and we culminate our celebration with Easter Sunday.
The beautiful picture* above reminds us that this is a time for family, for community, for friends to be with one another, often around a sacred table, at church for Holy Thursday liturgy, a liturgy full of symbolism and instruction.Good Friday we gather as one, once again, but this time around the cross. During the Good Friday liturgy we remember. We remember the extent of God’s unconditional love for us. We remember the call to integrity no matter the cost. We remember the call to fidelity even if we fail at times, as did Peter and the other disciples. We are called to stand witness as the women at the cross to the message and life of Jesus…God’s unconditional love and the call to the covenant relationship, the Gospel message. Holy Saturday can be reflected in the dark blue background of this image, a quiet time of reflection, a time of wondering and a time of trusting in God’s fidelity to us, even when all seems dark. And finally we come to Easter Sunday; the glory of that day brings us once again to the fire of life, once again enkindled in us through the resurrected Christ.
We are reminded that this journey of the Paschal Mystery all happens within creation. We come to know God Incarnate in the person of Jesus the Christ in the midst of creation, the cosmos, the sun, the moon, the earth and people, one another. The Triduum is not a time apart but a time immersed in community, a time when together we remember who we are, here these days, grounded in this life where God is so present. In gratitude, we together break bread, wash one another’s feet, reverence the sacrifice of the cross, walk and wait through silence until finally the Exaltet cries out…
”Rejoice Heavenly Powers…..Rejoice O Earth in shining splendor. Most blessed of all nights, chosen by God to see Christ rising from the dead! Of this night scripture says: “The night will be clear as day: it will become my light, my joy.”The power of this holy night dispels all evil, washes guilt away, restores lost innocence, brings mourners joy; it casts out hatred, brings us peace, and humbles earthly pride.”
May your journey through the Triduum and onto the Easter Joy bring you enduring peace, strengthen your love for one another and for all creation. May you be renewed in your trust in God’s unconditional love. May you find joy and peace in your heart and with your family, friends and community. May the brightness of the Easter Candle and the Easter season continue to transform your darkness into light and life.
The Moto Cross by Mary Southard, CSJ