As we prepare for Holy Week and the Sacred Paschal Triduum, we might want to keep in mind the imagery of the processions during the liturgies.
In "The Processions of Holy Week: A Journey with the Paschal Mystery," Vicki Klima writes of the Church's invitation each year to grapple with what Jesus' life, death, and Resurrection mean in our lives. As pastoral ministers prepare for the processions of Holy Week, they need to be aware of how the faithful will move with solemnity, process and sing together, and see and hear the words and actions of the liturgy.
On Easter, voices are lifted in the Easter Sequence as we sing of the reconciliation and new life Christ has won for us. The liturgical minister who leads the assembly in this hymn may want to contemplate their experience of God's mercy and healing, Rev. Ronald Patrick Raab, CSC, tells us in "Rejoicing in the Hope and Life That the Paschal Victim Shares."
The Sacred Paschal Triduum and Easter Time may be the busiest times of the year for the art and environment committee. These members ready the worship space during each of the days of our high holy days and then ensure that a joyous atmosphere is maintained through Pentecost. Rev. J. Philip Horrigan explains that arrangements may need to be refreshed but that there is no reason to overhaul the decor for the celebration of Pentecost. In "Keeping Easter Decor Fresh," he explains that red patterned fabric can be mixed with the white and gold of Easter, strips of red fabric can be added to banners and swags, and red flowers can be interspersed with the many hues of the spring floral arrangements.
The article "Preaching that Draws the Parish to See with Eyes of Faith," by Rev. Stephen S. Wilbricht, CSC, will engage homilists who desire to guide the assembly deeper into the Easter mysteries.
Christian initiation team members will want to read "Forming Children in Faith" to learn more about adapting the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults for children and about the National Gathering on Christian Initiation with that theme. In the article, Rita Burns Senseman explains that the worshipping community teaches children the Catholic Christian way of life.
To ready children to attend the Easter Vigil, catechists will want to pass out the reproducible article "The Litany: Calling on the Saints to Intercede for Us," by Kathryn Ball-Boruff. The author writes that is is particularly appropriate prior to the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism to seek the help of those who have gone before us.
"Three Days to Discover Our Identity in Christ," by Kathy Kuczka, will help your parishioners understand why the faithful gather throughout the Triduum to journey with Christ, the elect, and one another. Besides inserting this article in your bulletin, you may want to post it on your website and on your social media accounts.
May you experience God's grace as you prepare for our holiest days.
Bishop Joseph N. Perry
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
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