Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Our worship life, especially during Holy Week, shapes us into Easter people—people who can imagine the buds of new flowers on a “dead” plumeria tree, people who can smell the verdant garden that will come with the rainy season, people who can sense hope, new life, and adventure where the secular world sees only an ending. We are the people who can catch the fragrance of Easter Resurrection even in the burial spices of Good Friday.
Resurrection is woven into the fabric of reality… but we can easily miss it. It’s too easy—and often very painful—to stop short of Resurrection and remain at the cross, or at the tomb, of our lives. What can we do to cultivate a “Resurrection correction” to our view of ourselves, one another, and our world?
One of the best ways to cultivate this healthy and hopeful view of reality is by participating in the great liturgies of our Christian life: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter. In these services—really one long service stretched over three days, called the Triduum or the Great Three Days—we touch the depths of Jesus’ story and of our own story. These services are like medicine for the sick soul… and who of us could not use a little more medicine?
As we pray for the Ukraine and wonder about our own safety, as we struggle with loss and illness, we know that without the corrective lenses of Resurrection the world can seem a dark and desperate place. Yet we experience in these services the great transition from darkness to light, from slavery to freedom, from anxiety and depression to joy; we experience Resurrection and can then place that pattern onto every happening in our lives.
So come and invest in your wellbeing by joining your St. Catherine’s family on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and The Great Vigil of Easter. Come and tune into the “Resurrection correction” that can make all the difference in our lives and in our service to the world. These services are gifts filled with grace; why not do something good for yourself and enter into this great Mystery?
Fr. James +
Sunday 8:00 AM
Sunday 9:00 AM
HOLY EUCHARIST WITH MUSIC
Sunday 10:00 AM
Sunday 10:00 AM