Greetings in the Risen Christ,
Forty days ago, we started our liturgical season of Lent. During this time, our sacrifices, prayers, fasting, and works of charity have led us to this special moment, Easter! Today, we begin the celebration of Easter, and will continue celebrating it for fifty days until Pentecost Sunday, May 15th.
We are a community which understands that the Passion of Christ, His death on the cross, is a transitional time of deep prayer and meditation which leads us to the joys of the Risen Christ. As a faithful community, we celebrate life in Christ, our friendship, closeness and communion with Him.
The joy of Easter is reflected in the prayers, music, readings, the Paschal candle, white in our liturgy, etc. All of these invite us not to be sad, rather to be glad, because our faith is in the Risen Christ. Our gladness is even bigger when we come together as a community, as a parish family, to celebrate our faith.
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad” (Psalm 118). Happy Easter and praise be to the Risen Christ, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Rev. Johnson Lopez
Father Lopez is Pastor of Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Rochelle, IL.