Oblate Blog: April 18, 2011












Pictured above are those who attended the oblate retreat April 8-10, 2011.

The oblate retreat was directed by Brother Cyprian Langlois, O.S.B. and was well received. The weather was beautiful that weekend so God blessed us for sure. For more photos of the retreat go to: http://kennethosb.smugmug.com/ and scroll down to the album "Oblates 2011."

And now it is Palm Sunday and the beginning of that great week that we call HOLY WEEK. And that week concludes then with those greatest holy days called the THE SACRED TRIDUUM—Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday when we celebrate our salvation. The Latin word Triduum means "three days." The Triduum officially begins with the Holy Thursday evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper and concludes on Easter Sunday evening with vespers.

It celebrates the events of our salvation, the days when God so wonderfully shows His love for us. Giving us on Holy Thursday the Eucharist, His body and blood to eat and drink, as well at the priesthood. On Good Friday Jesus Christ dies for us, for our salvation. All his suffering was for one purpose – for us and for our salvation. On Holy Saturday Jesus is in the tomb and then rises from the dead on Sunday morning. Easter is indeed considered the greatest feast of the year. Christmas only has meaning when we celebrate the Triduum and Easter. That is why God took on our human nature, and of course with the Resurrection Jesus even won victory over death. Death is no longer seen as the end but as a passage to a new life. We received that new life already at our baptism but celebrating this feast each year helps us to realize even more what a gift God has given us. What greater gift is there than victory over sin and death.

I pray you all have a blessed and joyful feast of Easter. May Easter joy touch your heart and fill your life.

You are remembered daily in my prayers and in the celebration of the Eucharist.

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