Chapter 3, “The Paschal Mystery of Christ as Heart of the Liturgical Year”

“The image of the heart signifies the innermost core or center of an organism, the starting point and terminus of the circulating blood. The heart is the vitalizing center without which life is impossible. As principal organ it supplies all areas of the body, even in their most minute parts, with the blood that is indispensable for life. In the context of our present subject the image of the heart tells us that the liturgical year did not come into existence on a draughtsman’s table nor does it owe its existence to shrewd thinking and careful planning, but rather that it emanates, and derives its growth, from a heart, a center. This heart of the liturgical year is the passion and resurrection of Christ.” ­– page 19 “The Liturgical Year: its history & its meaning after the reform of the liturgy,” Adolf Adam

The next four days are our appointed time when we recall the passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. While I do adore Christmas, especially Christmas Eve, the next four days are far and away more important than Christmas. Without the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the Christmas carols and hymns we all adore wouldn’t exist. Well, if we are honest, the Church wouldn’t exist either.

These Great Three Days when we remember the passion and resurrection should not be thought of as a less impressive Christmas. Instead, we should think of Christmas as a glorious descant for the song that is sung from Maundy Thursday through Easter Sunday. These days allow us to remember our spiritual heart. These days allow us to know that the Life and Love of God wins.

Holy Week Worship Times:

Thursday, April 18, 7 pm
Friday, April 19, 7 pm
Saturday, April 20, 7 pm
Easter Sunrise at Jo Hays Vista, 6:30 am
Easter Sunday, 10:45 am

God continue to be with you,
Yours in Christ, Pastor Paul+