Sunday, March 20, 2016

Easter Message and Photos

Posts from Easter 2015

One very special message shared by Father Ray Kelly in 2015 was about the Holy Week where he explains this very sacred tradition in the Catholic Church. We found some posts and some photos of the church decorations, as well as the following delightful Easter Prayer:
Sun, moon & stars, the light of God;
Trees, flowers & foliage, the colour of God'
Rocks, mountains & stones, the faithfulness of God;
Water, ice & snow, the wellspring of God;
God is close to us, around us, within us, between us,
In the ordinary of nature, 
In the ordinary of love,
In the ordinary of contemplation is God
The Garden awaits you!

Father Ray's message for Easter

 'Lent is officially over for another year. It ended last night as we began the celebrations of the Easter Triduum, the three days of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
Last night we celebrated the Mass of the Lord's Supper, in which we recall what Jesus said and did on the night before he died at the Last Supper Passover Meal. We recall and celebrate this event because Jesus asked us to do when he said 'Do This In Memory Of Me'.
Today is Good Friday, when we relive the story of Jesus' Passion according to St John. Then on Holy Saturday we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord, using the symbol of Light. The Liturgies for these three days are the most powerful of all the liturgies we celebrate in the Church. I find it a very prayerful and wonderful time celebrating these three days.
I remember that last year Easter was over two weeks later. Oh yes I remember it so well, as the world got hold of a YouTube clip of me singing Leonard Cohen’s classic song ‘Hallelujah’ at the wedding of Chris & Leah O Kane. Easter Sunday will be their first wedding anniversary, so I hope they have a wonderful celebration!
So wherever you are, I hope that Spring is springing into your life, and may these Holy Days bring you lots of peace, joy and happiness.
Happy Easter everyone'. 
Father Ray.

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