If we are truly friends of Christ we hear, we listen to His voice. It is our faith that leads us into the posture of ‘listening’, trusting that the Divine voice will be speaking His silent word.
Easter Vigil. All is silent, but full of hope.
The last Adam grasps the hand of the first Adam,
And yanks him out of his grave.
The Mother of God wipes away Eve’s tears.
All around the mortal rock of the tomb,
the garden of Eden blossoms. (Bartholomaios I, Ecumenical Patriarch)
Here are some highlights of Easter Celebrations at Redwoods:
Sr. Gertrude sings the Exultet, the Easter Proclamation.
The Triduum is a sacred time. We spend Thursday, Friday and Saturday in a solemn ritual following the Lord as he undergoes his life-giving passion death and resurrection. We begin with the Tenebrae which is a special prayer on Wednesday evening. This service sets the tone for these days with the theme of alternating darkness and light.
Today, Holy Thursday, which opens the Triduum, gives us two important rituals that reflect the heart and meaning of these holy days, these final days building towards Jesus’ death and resurrection. These rituals are Jesus washing the feet of his disciples and Jesus offering his body and blood using the symbols of bread and wine. Whatever angle one looks at these ‘sacraments’, clearly, they are an encounter of love, an encounter of mercy, an encounter of forgiveness, an encounter of a most complete self-gift that embodies God’s unconditional love.
How does the Word of God speak? In what way or ways do we hear the Word of God speaking to us? Is God’s word a silent word, silent though still speaking? What happens if we separate out silence from the word? Do silence and the Word belong together? Clearly, they do.
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