LENT & EASTER CYBER RETREAT – CLOSING (4/16)
Easter - Holy Matrimony
Overall Petition for the Cyber Retreat
That faithful sharing in the Sacramental Life of the Church may form us all to be a clear witness of the truth of the Gospel and of the power of the Spirit of Jesus to bring light and healing to our world.
Focus on the Sacrament: Easter - Holy Matrimony
Divine Mercy Sunday: The Power of Sacramental Living
Image of St. Joseph for Easter: Husband of Mary
Joseph’s role as Spouse of Mary, Mother of Jesus, is critical to the unfolding of the Mystery of Salvation. By accepting God’s Plan as it was revealed to him, Joseph created a home for the Mother of the Word Incarnate and the Son of God Himself. This role, hidden in so many ways, is a reminder to us that we are able to serve God in whatever role we may find ourselves.
Divine Mercy Sunday: Universal Patron
Having completed his earthly role, Joseph continues to serve the Church as Universal Patron. He intercedes for us and gives us hope of reaching the goal of Life Eternal, with Mary and Jesus and all the Saints in glory.
Petition for Week – That all may be One in the knowledge of the Gift of Salvation offered through the Risen Lord Jesus Christ. May the God of Life have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Questions to consider:
How do the Sacraments form me as a witness to the Gospel?
What new insights do the Sacraments offer me as I seek to know God better?
Where do I experience healing in the Sacraments?
Who is waiting for my invitation to share the Sacramental Life of the Church?
What new commitment is the Lord asking of me through the Sacraments I live?
How do the witness of St. Joseph and model of the Holy Family encourage me to persevere?
What Mystery of the Rosary touches me in a particular way this week?
Easter Week: Easter Sunday - April 16, 2017
Today we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus and we rejoice with all the Neophytes, those newly baptized and received into Full Communion in the Catholic Church. We are invited to renew our own Baptismal Vows and to share the Joy of the Risen Lord with all we meet. Happy Easter!
Year A Readings http://usccb.org/bible/readings/041617.cfm
Pray today for All devout and faithful souls
Pope’s Homily on Palm Sunday:
Pope’s Homilies on Holy Thursday:
Chrism Mass: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/homilies/2017/documents/papa-francesco_20170413_omelia-crisma.html
Mass of the Lord’s Supper: Only in Italian https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/it/homilies/2017/documents/papa-francesco_20170413_omelia-coena-domini.html
Easter Vigil Holy Saturday:
Easter Day Urbi et Orbi Blessing: Only in Italian
Mysteries of the Rosary for Each Day
4/17 Monday: The Joyful Mysteries
The Annunciation, Visitation and Birth of Jesus speak to us of Mary’s response to God’s grace. Mercy is received for the human race in its fullness and she shares it with the world.
Pray today for Those who do not believe in Jesus and those who do not yet know Him
4/18 Tuesday: The Sorrowful Mysteries
The Agony in the Garden, the Scourging at the Pillar and the Crowning with Thorns point to the willingness of Jesus to do His Father’s Will, whatever the cost, and of our rejection of Him through sin.
Pray today for The souls of separated brethren
4/19 Wednesday: The Glorious Mysteries
The Resurrection, the Ascension and the Descent of the Holy Spirit show us the power of God to raise our human nature to a sharing in His Glory.
Pray today for The meek and humble souls and the souls of children
4/20 Thursday: The Luminous Mysteries (The Mysteries of Light)
The Baptism of the Lord, the Wedding Feast of Cana, the Proclamation of the Gospel and the Call to Conversion, the Transfiguration and the Institution of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper show us the way in which Jesus revealed the Sacramental Life He has given to the Church. Divine Life is shared in human experiences.
Pray today for The souls who especially venerate and glorify Jesus' mercy
4/21 Friday: The Sorrowful Mysteries
The Carrying of the Cross and the Crucifixion bring to conclusion Jesus’ full embrace of our human experience. We are invited to imitate Him as we experience our own burdens and sufferings in the earthly journey. Abstinence from meat with the whole Church. Reflect on the holiness to which you are called. Participate in a Lenten Fish Fry and the Stations of the Cross or other devotions for Lent.
Pray today for The souls who are detained in purgatory
4/22 Saturday: The Joyful Mysteries
The Presentation of Jesus and the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple both show the importance of bringing our children into an awareness of their relationship with God.
Pray today for The souls who have become lukewarm
4/23 Sunday: The Glorious Mysteries
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth make known to us that we are already sharers in the Divine Life that will be ours in Eternity. Mary is our Mother in the order of Grace. She prompts us to open our hearts to her Son.
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY Worship with the community and attend the Divine Mercy Devotion in your area or pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
Year A Readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/042317.cfm
Pray for the Neophytes, those newly baptized and received into Full Communion in the Church.
Divine Mercy Sunday - The Power of Sacramental Living
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A BLESSED EASTER TO ALL PARTICIPANTS IN THE CYBER RETREAT!
MAY YOU HAVE A GLORIOUS SEASON OF EASTER AND MAY THE RISEN LORD DRAW YOU EVER CLOSER TO HIMSELF. BLESSINGS IN THE NAME OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY, THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, NOW AND FOREVER!