He is Risen!!!! Truly He is Risen!!!!
Today the gates of Hell are shattered!
Today death is destroyed!
Happy Easter to my parish family. Thank you for your efforts during these last weeks to try and stay connected and participate in Lent and Holy Week while under the Shelter in Place edict. You watched videos… you did devotions and activities as individuals. Many of you made pilgrimages to the parish to adore our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and on the Cross. Many of you reached out and let others know you were thinking about them and praying for them. You called and wrote letters and let others know they are not alone and they are important. You took the time to use the situation and bring goodness and kindness forth. God bless you all for that. My heart is filled with joy.
And while Easter Day should find us gathered on the parish lawn in our Easter Best, hunting eggs and having a lovely tea- we are all home. While we should be marveling at the beauty of the adorned parish overflowing with flowers… while we should be trembling with joy at the sounds bursting forth from the choir… we are all home. But fear not! You are a determined people. This will not spoil Easter Joy. You will find ways to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. You will find ways to make Easter bloom with the beauty of Life overcoming death. To aide you in our celebrations, we have on offer Easter Day mass with a link to the bulletin, a Bible study for the day and the certainty that prayers are offered for you all. The links to these things are below, and again, thank you for your efforts to participate as fully as possible.
For those of you who enjoyed making pilgrimage to the parish, we have a treat in store for you. Randy Jackson and Carolyn Ruth Stancil have put together flowers for the altar and if you come to say a prayer you will be treated with a taste of Easter joy. A tip of the biretta to them for taking the time to adorn the parish altar. The flowers will stay up for a few days (I’m writing this on Saturday morning- with the threat of severe weather on Easter Day I’m guessing we will have to wait until Easter Monday to make pilgrimage).
While I did the worst possible job at sending out a survey (emailing the link to edit the survey really threw a spanner in the works!) I did get enough responses to get an idea of how to proceed until the shelter in place is lifted and we can worship together again. So Easter week look for the daily reflections to continue, with the addition of education videos and prayer office videos, and maybe even a musical offering or two. Please continue to communicate what you need and what you like. It is also extremely helpful to click the like button on videos (that is, if you like them), in that it helps them float in a sea of media. It also gives me an idea of what kind of things are working. You can click the send notifications button to receive notice when new videos are published.
Several of you wanted a Youtube channel for the parish, and we have one.
It is here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjmRr8NxXGEZkaPiUIUiaNA
Enjoy Easter Day in the knowledge that you are held in prayer. Enjoy this day knowing Christ our Lord has destroyed death and we have been granted life. Enjoy this day in the hope that this will be the most unusual Easter you will ever have to celebrate.
May God, in His mercy, bless us one and all. May Christ, in His love for mankind, grant us all grace upon grace, and may the Holy Spirit pour down light and grace and protection upon our houses.
He is Risen!
Almighty God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by thy life-giving Spirit; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Link to bulletin:
The video may be found in these places:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/saintjohnslaurel/
Vimeo Page: https://vimeo.com/user16046171
Link to Bible Study for Easter Day: