April 3, 2016 – A View from the Rectory Window


On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples said to Jesus,

“Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?”

He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him the Teacher says,

“In your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples. Make the preparations for us there.”

The disciples did as Jesus had ordered, and prepared the Passover.

(Matthew 26: 17-19 and Mark 14:12-16).

I thank all who helped prepare our Easter liturgies. Some of them are obvious to everyone because they are in the sanctuary, in the choir, welcoming you at the door, proclaiming the word, serving at the altar; sharing the Sacrament with you. Others work quietly, ahead of time, preparing the liturgy, in and outside the sacristy, in and outside our churches; cleaning; scheduling liturgical ministers; arranging flowers and the environment for worship; counting palm branches and tapers; ironing, polishing, vacuuming, sweeping and dusting; hanging banners; cleaning out pews as you leave for the people coming in for the next liturgy; and in general, worrying about things you’d never dream need to be worried about — but that you’d notice right away if someone hadn’t worried about them!

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark they came to the tomb . . .” (Jn 20:1)

If you had a chance to see last week’s View, then you may recall a question I pondered; namely, “What will Easter sunrise Mass bring?” For those who braved it, now we know. It was cold, with little sun and lots of wind. As I looked to those who joined me, I realized that at that moment, there is no place I would have rather been than with those who left their homes, ‘while it was still dark’, to seek Jesus. I can say, with the same certainty, that there is no place I would have rather celebrated Easter than with you. I thank you all.

Fr. Pete

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2015 SC Blessing of the Food (4)   Judee Fleming Hoke

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