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Feast of Divine Mercy

Apr 28

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As we continue to bask in the glow of the Easter Fire, we return to celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy on this Second Sunday of Easter and the close of the Octave of Easter as well. I will return to each of these, briefly, lower in this column; but first a few words regarding Easter and the Triduum.

It is such a blessed time and what wonderful and unique things that we get to celebrate. Each year, we re-enter into the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection with a series of liturgies that, combined, re-present the heart of the Christian Message. However, these liturgical rites do not happen on their own, many individuals contribute to the beauty and majesty of what it is that we celebrate: musicians, lectors, art and environment, servers and MCs, office staff, fellow clergy, seminarians, buildings and grounds crews, etc. The few days prior to the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, the parish campuses are a bee hive of activity as all the preparations are completed and the buildings never look better than they do this time of year.

If you had a part, even a small part in putting together these unique and wonderful events, I am deeply grateful!

Yet, our celebrations do not end with Easter Sunday. The entire week after Easter until today, we celebrate as if it were still Easter Sunday! (Hence, ‘Octave of Easter,’ for we celebrate for eight days.) The glory of these events are so massive, they cannot be contained in one day! Even then, Easter does not just last for one week, but we have fifty days of basking in the glow of the Easter Candle, lit with the reborn fire at the Vigil.

Recognizing that these mysteries are at the heart of God’s great love story to each of us, Pope St. John Paul II instituted this Sunday, the Second Sunday of Easter, as Divine Mercy Sunday. Reflecting on the revelations made to St. Faustina in Poland, we celebrate what is so eloquently stated in John 3:16: ‘For God so loved the world, that He sent His only Begotten Son, so that those who believe in Him might not perish, but have Eternal Life!’

The Feast of Divine Mercy is the Feast of God’s great love story to you. It is the Feast of God’s great desire to draw us ever closer to Himself so that we can overcome our doubts and become, truly, His son or daughter. It is a beautiful and enriching mystery that we celebrate this weekend!

If you have never prayed the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, I would invite you to pray it today with your families. It is prayed on the same beads of the Holy Rosary and is a great devotional entry into the same mysteries we celebrate liturgically, as well.

Finally, Happy Easter to you all! It is such a joy to be a part of these two wonderful parishes. You all bring such great gifts here and are wonderful leaven for the society around us.

May the Joy of the Risen Lord be with you throughout the coming months!

God Bless,
Fr. Kyle Schnippel


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