The book of Genesis describes how God worked for six days, creating the heavens and the earth and how on the seventh day He rested. Likewise, Jesus spent His days ministering to the crowds, feeding the hungry, and healing the sick, yet He drew His strength by frequently taking time to be alone with His Father in prayer. Jesus teaches us that in order to be fruitful in ministry, in order to "be" for others we must first receive love and strength from God our Father in prayer. In Eucharistic Adoration we too can take time to be alone with God—to allow Him to fill us with His strength and His love. The love we give to others is only what we have first received from God. In Adoration we receive the grace necessary to be faithful and fruitful for the Kingdom of God.
“The Memorare is a prayer that effectively expressed Mother Teresa’s trust in the power of Mary’s intercession as the mediatrix of all graces,” explained Father Brian Kolodiejchuk of the Missionaries of Charity, who was postulator for Mother Teresa’s sainthood cause. “It flowed from the love and confidence she had in Mary and was a simple way to present her petitions to her.”READ MORE
Q: A Protestant friend came with me to Mass last Sunday and asked about the Holy Water fonts and why we make the sign of the cross with it when we enter and leave the Church. What answer would you give to her?READ MORE
HOLY THURSDAY GOOD FRIDAY HOLY SATURDAY EASTER SUNDAY
These are the highest, holiest days celebrated each year by the Church beginning with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday. It is called the “Easter Triduum” or Paschal Triduum”. We celebrate the great Paschal mystery of Christ’s crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.READ MORE
The word "Tenebrae" comes from Latin, meaning "darkness" or "shadows". This dramatic, moving service dates back to the 4th century when monks and nuns chanted the ancient psalms and lamentations in the darkness of night.
Tenebrae is an extended meditation on the last 3 days of Holy Week. Psalms, readings, chants and motets express heavy grief, the Church's desolation; all is sad and mournful. Somber, yes, but it just might become your favorite church service as it awakens a sense of awe and wonder at the great Mysteries contained within Holy Week and Easter. Candles are extinguished as the evening progresses; you might just hear the shutting of Christ's tomb or the earthquake at the time of the resurrection! But, wait for it...(spoiler alert) We all know the ending. Jesus was victorious over death. His light can overcome any darkness.