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Easter Monday

 
God, give us eyes to see
the beauty of the Spring,
And to behold Your majesty
in every living thing –
And may we see in lacy leaves
and every budding flower
The Hand that rules the universe
with gentleness and power –
And may this Easter grandeur
that Spring lavishly imparts
Awaken faded flowers of faith
lying dormant in our hearts,
And give us ears to hear, dear God,
the Springtime song of birds
With messages more meaningful
than man’s often empty words
Telling harried human beings
who are lost in dark despair –
‘Be like us and do not worry
for God has you in His care.’
- Helen Steiner Rice
 

 

Easter Sunday

 
He is risen! On this Easter Sunday as we celebrate the resurrection of our Saviour, pray that we receive the good news of Easter and find new life in Christ.
 
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?’” (John 11:25-26)
 

Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday commemorates the day that Jesus Christ lay in the tomb after his death.  On this day, the earth waits in stillness for the Resurrection of the Lord.

Prayer:


Risen, living Christ,
we embrace your gift of resurrection power.
We open our whole being to your invitation to
join you in moving from deadness into fullness of life.
We respond, “Yes!”
to your call to live.
 
Jesus, spirit, companion, friend,
you embrace the whole world with human/divine love and caring.
You ask each of us to show our love for you
by tending and feeding your world and its people.
Enable us to recognize the people and places
to whom we are being sent.
Enable us to offer love.
 
Open us to fresh expressions
of your loving of us,
so that we can be more whole and more accepting of ourselves
and out of that acceptance
move toward others with trusting hearts.
 
Turn us from mourning into dancing.
Loosen our sackcloth.
Gird us with gladness.
 
Christ Spirit,
you go before us and call us into the future.
Encourage our community
as we form and re-form ourselves as your Body.
Just as the revelations of Easter
energized the first disciples,
so we would be energized to dream new visions
and be open to new risks
and to the unknown.
 
We join your embrace of the whole world
with our prayers.
 
Written by Sonya Dyer, in Sonya Dyer’s Prayerbook, posted on the Seekers Church website

 

Good Friday 

Good Friday commemorates the Passion of  Jesus Christ. It begins with his arrest, trial and immense suffering and ends with his crucifixion on the cross.  The suffering and death of Jesus, marks the culmination of God’s plan to save his people from their sins.
 
“Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures” (1 Cor 15:3)
 
The events of Good Friday are observed in the Stations of the Cross, a 14-step devotion prayed by Catholics throughout Lent and especially on Good Friday. 
 
For praying the Stations of the Cross, we would like to offer a version adapted for this moment in time from Unity Health Toronto: Stations of the Cross - Meditating with Our Mission and Values

Prayer:

 
Merciful God, 
In the pattern of Jesus, your Beloved Son,
As we enter this graced time of Holy Week, may our daily offering of prayer and reflection on the paschal mystery transform us for selfless love of our neighbour.
 
Unite us with the Crucified One, as we pray especially for All who will die from the pandemic in the weeks ahead. 
 
Bring comfort to their loved ones who keep vigil for them and protect all who care for them.
 
May the mystery of Jesus’ passion death and resurrection bring us assurance of God’s unfailing presence and triumphant love.
 
Amen
 
 
— Sister Deborah Troillett, SistersofMercy.org

Holy Thursday

On Holy Thursday, Jesus gave the supreme expression of his offering of himself at a meal shared with the twelve Apostles.  

 

On the eve of his Passion, while still free, Jesus transformed  this last supper into the memorial of his voluntary offering himself to the Father for the salvation of men: “This is my body which is given for you.” This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” 

From Catechism of the Catholic Church #610

Prayer:

Gracious God, you have heard the cries of your suffering people. You have sent Jesus to us to be our Redeemer and brother. Open our eyes to see the immensity of your love for us and the wonder of what you have done for us. Give us the courage to be your hands and heart for those who are in pain. Give us the wisdom to speak out for justice and righteousness. May your will be done in us today and always. Amen. 

Prayer from SistersofMercy.org

 


Easter 2020

Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the most important date on the Christian calendar and the one celebrated with the greatest joy. 

Generally, Christians attend church services throughout the Easter period. However, this year, with physical distancing orders in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, churches across the globe are closed and many are taking to small immediate family gatherings or using technology to bring family and friends together to celebrate from afar. 

Daily Mass and Easter Liturgies:

Each morning at 7:30 a.m., Cardinal Collins, Archdiocese of Toronto, will be livestreaming the celebration of Mass, the Rosary and the Angelus for the day. 

He will also be celebrating all of the Easter liturgies, which we all love so much, live from the Cathedral. Joining him at these Easter celebrations will be all the priests who live with him and serve at the Cathedral. You can access these events live, or watch them at your own convenience, by visiting the Archdiocesan website at www.archtoronto.org.

Other Spiritual Resources:

There are many other spiritual resources that you can find on television or online. These include: 

All of these provided excellent Catholic resources to feed us at this time when we are unable to visit our parish church and celebrate the Eucharist with our faith community.

Wishing you a blessed Easter from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto

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