The Lord's descent into the underworld and the Resurrection [From an ancient homily for Holy Saturday]
Jesus has gone to search for our first parent… he has gone to free from sorrow the captives Adam and Eve, he who is both God and the son of Eve. He took Adam by the hand and raised him up, saying: “…I am your God, who for your sake have become your son… See on my face the spittle I received in order to restore to you the life I once breathed into you. See there the marks of the blows I received in order to refashion your warped nature in my image. On my back see the marks of the scourging I endured to remove the burden of sin that weighs upon your back. See my hands, nailed firmly to a tree, for you who once wickedly stretched out your hand to a tree.
I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side for you who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side has healed the pain in yours. My sleep will rouse you from your sleep in hell. The sword that pierced me has sheathed the sword that was turned against you.
Rise, let us leave this place. The enemy led you out of the earthly paradise. I will not restore you to that paradise, but I will enthrone you in heaven. I forbade you the tree that was only a symbol of life, but see, I who am life itself am now one with you. The kingdom of heaven has been prepared for you from all eternity…
EASTER SUNDAY THE LORD IS RISEN! ALLELUIA!
Our joy has been made complete. The tomb is empty. Christ has returned in the glory of the Resurrection. We try to fully participate in the Church’s Easter celebrations. And if we understand the meaning of Easter we will continue to rejoice in it Sunday after Sunday after Sunday… forever. Dare we return to the tomb of half-hearted Christian living? Part of the mystery of Easter is the many ways in which the tomb of death is empty.
A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped make our Holy Week celebration so special: Those who cleared, prepared and decorated our Church so beautifully, those who put together all the resources and equipment we needed, including the school playground, all involved in the music ministry, the huge number of readers, the extraordinary ministers of the Holy Eucharist, welcoming ministers, offertory collectors, the hard-working altar servers and most especially all of you who came along toparticipate in our journey through Easter. Thanks again.
EASTER COLLECTION:Today’s collection by tradition is your personal gift to the Parish Priest. Many Thanks.
Congratulations to all those involved with the RCIA this Easter and especially those who celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.
Welcome to – Justin, Maria, Nicholas, Janice, Caspar who will be baptised
Blessings on Justin, Maria, Nicholas, Diana who will be confirmed and receive the Eucharist. Many thanks to the sponsors, godparents and families who have been so supportive. We keep the whole group in our prayers. We are grateful to the RCIA catechists for their hard works and commitment.
On Divine Mercy Sunday[28th April at 3 pm]:
We shall have a special Mass with Divine Mercy prayers and Divine Mercy Chaplet.
Pray for the sick:
Let us pray for the sick including Mariam Philomin, Fabian Chen, Fidelis D’Mello, Charlie Hyam, Rose Calver, Clifford Aristide, Agatha Lewis and Ann Whittington. To include anyone’s name, kindly contact Lesley Allen.