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The Passion and Glory of Holy Week


A Better Understanding of Easter

By Sister Barbara Jean Donovan

Today we begin the holiest week of the Church calendar. For many, the upheaval in our lives caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our Easter season traditions — Stations of the Cross at church on Good Friday and attending Easter Sunday Mass in our spring finery. Closed church doors and social distancing may change how we worship but do not prevent us from worshipping. We can attend Stations of the Cross virtually and take part in liturgies that are live-streamed online.

The message of Holy Week is particularly relevant at this time. Christ shows us that we can come through dark times of suffering to the light of life and that in life, there is death and in death, there is life. Like Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, we need to put our faith in God that all will turn out right. The many who will be lost before this pandemic has run its course will live on in God’s loving embrace.

Rejoice, we say at Easter and rejoice we should. Holy Week and Easter show us that in the darkness of the cave there is light and that we are loved beyond our comprehension.

May God bless you during this holy season and keep you safe during this difficult time.

Sister Barbara Jean Donovan