This Week: Alleluia!
The taste of Easter Eggs begins to dissipate but the joy of our Easter celebrations continues to echo through the Parish and through the community. The children are back to school and all the preparations are in full swing for the upcoming First Communions and Confirmations. But let us not forget what we have lived during this lent and Easter. Our Lenten programme included a scripture course on each Monday evening whereby we examined each Sundays Gospel reading. It was hugely successful and enlightening.
We also had our Laudato Si Saturdays of Lent whereby we tried to put into practice some ideas about how to contribute to the care of the earth as a Christian Duty inspired by the daily quotes from Pope Francis en- cyclical “Laudato Si”. We also had the exposition of some works of art to help us reflect on some of the elements of this time they included “The Return of the Prodigal Son”, “The Betrayal of Christ”, “The Judgement of Christ”. These efforts were accompanied by the burial of the Alleluias, first confessions of the sacramental children, the chocolate Appeal, the Mass of the Breath of Life, Earth Hour, the Musical Introduction to Holy Week and the Reconciliation Liturgy for the whole community. The Holy Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday) were very meaningful liturgies and well prepared and realised. They most certainly fed us, challenged us and comforted us. These included:
The receiving of the Holy Oils from the Pro Cathedral The Mass of the Supper of the Lord and the washing of the feet. Watch and Pray: staying with the Lord in his agony Stations of the Cross from Our Lady’s to Glencullen. The Solemn Celebration of the Passion of the Lord The descent of Christ The Easter Vigil with Baptisms. Easter Masses and the retrieval of the Alleluias. These liturgies, so well prepared by the many ministers and teams, are the high point of the year in the Parish. Everything else is born from these celebrations. The Resurrection garden, the Easter Candle, and the Church decorations (including the bell which now rings after years of silence) all point to the great mystery of our joy.
‘Christ Has truly Risen, Alleluia”