A Homily for Easter
Text: St. Mark 16:1-8
Grace to you and peace from God our Heavenly Father and Christ Jesus our Risen Lord, the Victorious One who has shattered the bonds of Sin and Death. Amen. Continue reading “Christ is Risen!”
A Homily for the Great Vigil of Easter written by Saint John Chrysostom
Text: John 20:1-18
Are there any who are devout lovers of God?
Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival!
Are there any who are grateful servants? Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord!
Are there any weary with fasting? Let them now receive their wages! Continue reading “This Is the Night!”
Lent is nearly over; Holy Week, having just started, will soon be wrapping up. We are approaching the holiest days of the Christian year: the Paschal Triduum, the Great Three Days. After forty days wandering through the wilderness, and a week in Jerusalem, we have reached the most sacred time: the three-day long period leading up to the Great Vigil of Easter. During this time, we hit our spiritual low point followed almost immediately by our highest; we mark our most solemn fast followed by our most joyous feast.
Over these three days, we gather to worship through prayer, singing, the reading of Scripture, and the celebration of the Sacraments. We gather, depart, and gather again. The three primary services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Vigil just after sundown on Holy Saturday form one complete liturgy. Continue reading “Paschal Triduum: The Great Three Days”