The Lord is Risen,
Christians, to the Paschal Victim
Offer your thankful praises!
Speak Mary, declaring
What you saw, wayfaring.
Yes, Christ my hope is arisen!
Christ indeed from death is risen,
Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!
Taken from Victimae paschali laudes
Sunday - April 1, 2012
Thank you Denise and the RCIA of St. Joseph's Parish
for providing each year the beautifully hand painted Paschal
This year the theme of the candle was "Journey".
We invite you to take a journey with us through this most special
Holy Week and Easter Triduum as celebrated here at the Monastery.
Happy Easter to All!
All glory, laud and honor
To thee, Redeemer King
whom the lips of children|
sweet hosannas ring.|
Holy Thursday - April 5, 2012
As we entered Holy Week and prepared
to enter more deeply into our Lord's Passion, it was a great
honor to receive on Palm Sunday two very special guests, Neil
and Aaron Martinuzzi. Injured in a diving accident Aaron, Neil's
son, has become paralyzed. Through much prayer and hard work
Aaron is now able to move his right arm.
We continue to pray for Aaron's
healing especially through the intercession of Fr. Tolton. Please
join us in prayer for Aaron's healing and full recovery.
Chrism Mass, Blessed
Sacrament Cathedral, Detroit, MI
At the Chrism Mass the priests
renew their commitment to Priestly Service; and the Holy Oils
are blessed. During the Blessing of the Oil of the Sick we were
reminded that we pray for healing not to avoid suffering but
to endure suffering with all strength and grace as provided for
us by Christ.
Good Friday of Our Lord's Passion - April 6, 2012
of Our Lord's Supper
Fr. Shafique in his homily told
us how washing of the feet in ancient Palestine was a real outpouring
of hospitality. The primary mode of transport was by foot. When
a guest arrived at his destination worn out from his long journey,
a washing of the feet provided rest, relaxation and restoration.
In the Eucharist, Jesus provides for us just that as we journey
through this difficult life. Also, in order for us to wash the
feet of others we must first be washed by Jesus.
Outdoor Praying of the Stations of the Cross
Veneration of the Cross
We worship you, Lord,
we venerate your Cross,
we praise your Resurrection.
Through the Cross you brought joy to the world.
The Resurrection of Our Lord - April 8, 2012
Easter Vigil Mass
Father reminded us of the last words
spoken by Jesus on the Cross. "It is Finished".
Finished is translated from the Greek word which means the debt
is paid in full. By His death our debt of sin has been paid in
full. It exists no more. Let our response be one of "Amen"
This is the night when the pillar of fire destroyed the darkness of sin!
- from the Exsultet
After spending two days in darkness
and silence, we who have participated in these holy events look
forward to the coming of light that is Our Risen Lord. In this
Service of Light, the Church reminds us that Christ is our Light
shining forth in all the darkness of this world.
Father Blesses the new fire which
represents Christ's Resurrection.
With the Paschal candle lit from
the flame of the new fire we experience the glory and splendor
of Our Lord's risen presence among us and with our candles lit
from His we experience the joyful sharing in His triumph as we
process into the Church and proclaim.
of the Word
With our hearts and minds illuminated
by Christ, our new found light, Salvation History is proclaimed
through seven readings of the Old Testament - from Creation to
the Exodus to the Prophets - and we are able to see in all of
these God's Revelation to His people of His Anointed One, the
of Water and Celebration of Baptism
The Church teaches that by our
baptism each of us has entered the great mystery of Easter. Christ's
death to sin and rising to new life became our death to sin and
rising to new life.
Mass in Sacred Heart Cemetery
On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while
it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
The Gospel of John
Fr. Shafique brings to the Monastery
this special Pakistinian tradition of Easter morning Mass celebrated
in the cemetery with candles lit on all the graves. A most effective
celebration of new Life in Christ!
A special thank you to Fr.
Shafique for his hard work and dedication to bring to our Monastery
the most sacred Liturgies of the Easter Triduum in all its fullness.
We thank you our friends for taking the time to allow us to share
with you this most special journey of the Paschal Mystery.|