This year’s Easter Vigil was a real logistical ordeal for presiders.
Pope Francis’s example and change to the rubrics of the Holy Thursday liturgy is having an effect in India.
Preparing a homily: “The guards were shaken with fear…and became like dead men.”
It is 10:00pm. Here in Kabuga, Rwanda, the Easter Vigil has ended. The people rise from their pews, gather their belongings and begin heading toward the exit. The retinue of liturgical ministers has disappeared into the sacristy. Suddenly, a man runs up the steps of the sanctuary and lights his taper candle with the Paschal flame.
There is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness.
I believe we need to expand the repertoire of prayers. The Roman Missal (n 13, Friday of the Passion of the Lord) foresees the possibility. I think it is time that we petition our diocesan bishops for prayers that address these “situations of grave public need.”
One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over. On the first day […]