This past Holy Week was amazing and humbling seeing the amount of people that we had at all of our Holy Week Liturgies and Easter Masses. That was the theme for all of Holy Week, full churches with very little room left in the pews as we worship Christ as the Family of Our Lady of Light.
I know everything isn’t about number of people, at the same time we all love seeing our churches full with standing room only and having to put out more chairs for people that keep walking in to attend Mass.
I heard one word continually remarked of the Triduum liturgies and stations of the Cross and that word was …beautiful.
Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil are all one liturgy as we keep watch on Holy Thursday, the bittersweet veneration of the Cross as we know His passion and sacrifice, and then remember Christ as the light in the darkness as we enter the Easter Vigil.
The combined stations of the cross, with the combined choirs, had over 400 people at it. The choirs sang beautifully together as we remembered our Lord’s passion at 3:00 on Good Friday. Many said there were very few dry eyes in the pews.
Easter Sunday was beautiful as it is the day we celebrate our Lord’s resurrection. What is amazing is that we have the approximate number of attendance from both campuses for the Easter Sunday Masses. We had approximately 5000 people at our Easter Sunday Masses.
I think this shows us the potential that we have in this family of Our Lady of Light to be a strong presence of Christ in the community we serve. Full churches with people worshipping with great fervor and joy. We can share this joy of Christ as we participate in our community.
If you aren’t doing anything Sunday from 1-3. The Bellbrook Ministerial Association has a booth in the Sugar Maple Festival at Bellbrock Park. Our Lady of Light Family will be in that booth from 1-3 on Sunday.
We take one day at a time asking our Blessed Mother to be our refuge and guide as we walk this path together.
Our Lady of Light…pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts….forever!