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The Easter Triduum and Mercy Sunday (04/17/2011)
From: Mary Zimmerman


As the season of Lent comes to an end we soon embark upon Holy Week. Doesn’t it seem like we just celebrated Christmas, the birth of Jesus? We so quickly have passed from our focus on His first bed, the crib, to His bed upon a wooden cross. Hopefully we have prepared ourselves during the penitential season of Lent to be more fully able to receive the graces during the Triduum, the most holy and solemn part of the church year.

Holy Thursday we come together in memory and celebration of the institution of the first holy Mass, when Jesus ate supper with His apostles (the first priests), broke bread, saying “this is my body,” blessed wine, “this is my blood, take these my friends, eat and drink...” That hour the Catholic Church started 2000 years ago.

Good Friday. In a way it seems a bit out of line to call this day good, actually it was just that for mankind. That was our means of redemption. God again opened the gates of heaven. They were closed after our first parents Adam and Eve fell for the lies of Satan. That is just his nature to continue to tempt people with his lies. He is known as the father of lies.

I think through His tears of blood He looks down upon us and again prays, “Father forgive them, they really don’t know what they do.” Mankind, let us look upon the crucifix, allow our eyes to gaze lovingly upon the suffering face of Jesus with these words upon our lips. I love you, and sorrow in our hearts. Basically that’s all He needs to restore our broken relationship.

Holy Saturday into Easter Sunday we hear the song echo in our hearts, Roll Away the Stone, for God it was the tomb. For us with God’s help it is to roll away the stones that keep Jesus out of hearts. On Easter Sunday the tomb loses its hold on Jesus as we trust it will on our mortal bodies as well, reuniting with our souls for all eternity.

Mercy Sunday. Jesus showed the depth of His mercy in these three special days but He said wait, there’s more. He knew at some time He had to give the world a renewed hope. He chose to do this through a Polish nun, Sister Faustina, in the 1930s. He so designated the Sunday after Easter as always to be Mercy Sunday, a day when the floodgates of His mercy would open wide to engulf sinners into the abode of His great mercy. Many have already heard, some have not, the good news of this time we especially celebrate God’s greatest attribute, His divine mercy.

This coming Mercy Sunday will be the 18th time we are celebrating God’s great mercy in this special way of praying, singing and adoring our dear Lord.

Movie to be shown at 2 p.m. in the Cathedral gathering space, then prayer, etc. starting at 3 p.m. Special music by Carla Burton at 4 p.m. Outdoor procession of the Blessed Sacrament, closing with 7 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 360 Main St. For more information please call or write me: Mary Zimmerman, 318 Orrin St., Winona, MN 55987, phone 452-2570.



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