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Monday, April 12, 2010

In due time, another look at Holy Week

Holy Week is still reverberating and this is a good thing. The solemnities of the Last Supper, the Passion and the Resurrection are richly demonstrated in the Masses of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Paschal Vigil on Holy Saturday and those on Easter Day.

The Paschal Vigil, or Easter Vigil, is indeed the richest of the liturgies with the blessing of the new fire, procession and exsultet, blessing of the baptismal water, litany, reading of the Prophecies, and culmination in the Easter Mass. There is plenty to soak in and time is not a consideration.

An hidden treasure of Holy Week is the reading of the Gospel Passion Narratives at the Daily Mass. Here again time is set aside.

It may not be a bad thing that much of the treasures of Holy Week are hidden to much of the world as this is a good time for growth to take place, like with the Parable of the Sower, "other [seed] fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit." And, again in the words of Jesus, "Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit." This growth is not always visible to the eye, nor should it always be. Although they come to us in due time, eternal things are not based on time.

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