We had beautiful liturgies through Holy Week. At the Easter Vigil I thanked many people who were involved. Every time I do that I realize that I am sure to leave someone out and I did. Even as I write this I’m thinking that it could happen again, but it is good for us to have grateful hearts and to express our gratitude.
There is so much work that goes into preparing for this week. That fact struck me as I was watching our volunteer planting flowers in the urns that are at the doors of the church. People were coming up to make sure candles were ready for our procession on Holy Thursday and for the Easter Vigil. Staff prepared the worship aids for the services and volunteers made sure they were stapled and ready to be put out. Our sound man made sure microphones were working. Staff made sure the facilities were clean after each of the services (and after the Easter Vigil that calls for a long night of cleaning).
Our choirs have been preparing for months and did a beautiful job. Servers came to practices, lectors came to rehearsals, and deacons prepared homilies, were part of the practices and made sure the priest didn’t forget anything. Ushers made sure things were handed out and collected. They facilitated the flow of processions. Greeters made people feel welcome. Eucharistic Ministers helped to distribute the Body and Blood of Christ. Our mass coordinators made sure that all of these ministers were there and found substitutes if needed.
The environment team worked behind the scenes and made our church ready for the celebration of these liturgies. Our RCIA team had our Candidates and Elect ready to be fully initiated into our church and made sure everything flowed smoothly.
I have a feeling I am leaving someone out, but I hope it gives you a better idea of what goes on behind the scenes as well as what happens when we celebrate these liturgies. Many people help to make these liturgies a prayerful experience. Key in that group is everyone who is there to celebrate. When everyone fully, actively and consciously participates in the liturgy it makes for a beautiful, prayerful experience. Thanks to all of you.
This week, Wednesday, April 15th, youth from our parish and from St. Matthew’s Parish will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. All are welcome. The service begins at 7:00 p.m.