“Liturgical celebration is a re-entrance of the Church into the event, and this means not merely its ‘idea,’ but its living and concrete reality.” —Fr. Alexander Schmemann
Are you ready not simply to remember, or call to mind, but to enter the events that brought us so great a redemption? Because the Risen Christ is truly with us in our worship, he brings these saving experiences with him by the Spirit. Every person brings their experiences with them to worship but this Person, the Holy One who inhabits our praises, is the sinless, wondrous God-Man.
I urge you in love to take part in as many of these services as you are able, that your joy at Easter might be complete and that you might, once again, participate in the Lord’s active, sacrificial charity toward us at the Last Supper, on the Cross, and beyond.
When these days come around each year, they are ever-new for us, not because the events themselves change but because we do. Each new year, as we come to Holy Week—as we encounter the unchanging reality of this sacred week—we are different. As we grow deeper in the imitation of Jesus Christ, we see and hear things we missed before.
Do not abandon Jesus at any point of his journey but stay close, as John and the women did. You will then be his blessed witnesses.
The peace of Christ rule your hearts and minds, and may you know, this very day, the inexhaustible Love of the Father.