Alleluia, He is Risen!
Our forty-day Lenten journey has drawn to a close, and we at Saint John’s Seminary, along with the whole Church, have just celebrated the Sacred Paschal Triduum. We have gathered in prayer to celebrate the transforming and creative power of God manifested in Jesus Christ. He is our life and our resurrection. Through him we are saved and made free.
At this year’s Easter Vigil, we heard the exhortation at the beginning of the Liturgy of the Word to listen to the Word of God “with quiet hearts” and to “meditate on how God in times past has saved his people.” Listening to passages from both the Old and the New Testaments, we remembered the history of God’s actions in creation, salvation and renewal. And we especially celebrated the way God’s actions and words find their fulfillment and culmination in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Like Jesus’ disciples at the first Easter, may we always strive to deepen our appreciation of what God has done for us through the death and resurrection of His Son. And may we never hesitate to share the good news of Christ’s victory with others.
Please be assured of the prayers of the entire Saint John’s Seminary community during this beautiful Easter season. You can still find the many ways we observed Lent this year at sjs.edu/LENT, and below you will find some images from the Sacred Triduum here in Brighton. May our Easter and Lenten observances remind us of the renewal God is working in us all – making us aware of our need for conversion and repentance, and more importantly directing our attention towards greater union with his Son, and motivating us toward greater love and concern for our neighbor.