CLOTHED IN CHRIST!
OCTAVE OF EASTER
RCIA Session, April 5 & 8
Do you remember how Holy Week began, with Jesus riding triumphantly into Jerusalem on a donkey? As we gather for our first RCIA Session after Easter, we will recall all that Jesus did to accomplish our salvation - all that we heard and experienced in our prayers this past week. As we celebrate now the day of our baptism, may we live in Christ, accepting even death, that we may know an even greater LIFE...
"So let us spread before his feet, not garments or soul-less olive branches, which delight the eye for a few hours and then wither, but ourselves, clothed in his grace, or rather, clothed completely in him. We who have been baptized into Christ must ourselves be the garment that we spread before him." -from a sermon by St. Andrew of Crete, Bishop; Office of Readings, Palm Sunday
"You have become a new creation, and have clothed yourself in Christ. See in this garment the outward sign of your Christian dignity. With your family and friends to help you by word and example, bring that dignity unstained into the everlasting life of heaven." -Roman Catholic Rite of Baptism
- FAMILY GATHERING THURSDAY AFTER VIGIL: The first RCIA Session after the Vigil, Thursday April 5, will be "Remembering Holy Week" - a time to pray and share what we experienced. The families with children in RCIA will gather in the Cafeteria and then break into their small family-groups.
PRACTICE THE FAITH: Divine Mercy
- Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet every day from Good Friday through the Second Sunday of Easter, the Solemnity of Divine Mercy. If you would like to sing the Chaplet, see this on YouTube
- Practice mercy and forgiveness in the most radical way that you can in this holiest of all time, the Octave of Easter. Try to imitate, to "put on" the mercy of God in Christ Jesus our Lord!