As they do each year, the words of the Prophet Isaiah (50:4-7) lead us into the days of Holy Week. In this “Third Song of the Servant” we see his acceptance of physical and mental humiliation as the means to achieve the greater good. Yet, even in the intent by others to destroy him, the suffering servant is undeterred and is confident that God will accomplish all that He has called him to do without shame. In this “Song” we see the Lord Jesus, humiliated in his Passion, as the “Suffering Servant.” Our “Prayer over the Offerings” thus prays:
Through the Passion of your Only Begotten Son, O Lord, may our reconciliation with you be near at hand, so that, though we do not merit it by our own deeds, by this sacrifice made once for all, we may feel already the effects of your mercy.
On Monday of this week, joining with all of the parishes of the diocese in a “Day of Reconciliation,” we will have Penance Services at 10:00am and at 7:00pm.
On Wednesday, the Chrism Mass will be celebrated at 6:30pm at Saint James Cathedral in Orlando. The Holy Oils to be used in the administration of the Sacraments will be blessed at this Liturgy.
On Holy Thursday, the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at 7:00pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will conclude at 10:00pm.
On Good Friday there will be Stations of the Cross at Noon. The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion and Death will be at 3:00pm.
At Noon on Holy Saturday there will be a “Blessing of Easter Food” in the Old Church, Saint John Bosco Hall.
The Easter Vigil will begin with the Blessing of the Easter Fire at 8:30pm. We continue to pray for our Elect-Catechumens who will be Baptized, Confirmed and receive Holy Communion for the first time at this Liturgy.
On Easter there will be Masses both in Church and in the Hall for all of the morning celebrations. In addition, there will also be a Mass at 6:00am and a Mass (in Spanish) at 2:00pm. There will not be a 5:00pm Mass on Easter Sunday.
May God’s abundant blessing be upon you in these coming days that “pardon may come, comfort be given, holy faith increase, and everlasting redemption be made secure!”