Easter: Archdiocese celebrates the resurrection of Jesus
April 25, 2017
HOUSTON — The Easter Triduum is the most important part of the Church year. From Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday, Catholics around the world commemorate the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Holy Week in the Archdiocese began on April 11 when Catholics from across the Archdiocese joined Daniel Cardinal DiNardo to celebrate the annual Chrism Mass at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
During the Mass, Cardinal DiNardo blessed and consecrated oils that were taken by priests to their parishes for the celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick and ordination, as well as at minor rites with catechumens and for the dedication of new churches and altars. Approximately 100 priests from the Archdiocese came to celebrate the blessing and consecration of 50 gallons of oil.
On Holy Thursday, priests washed the feet of parishioners to remember Jesus’s act of love. Jesus also gave the Eucharist on this night.
Good Friday is a day of fasting and remembrance of the passion and crucifixion of Jesus. While Mass is not celebrated, the faithful gather in adoration of the cross and celebrate a special Liturgy. The faithful dress in red to symbolize the passion and blood of Jesus.
The Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday celebrates the story of salvation. Churches turn off all their lights, symbolizing the stillness before Christ’s resurrection, also represented by a candle lit in the darkness. On this day churches also welcome new Catholics to the waters of Baptism and the table of the Eucharist.
Easter Sunday is a day of rejoicing! Christ has risen! The 50-day celebration begins with a renewal of baptismal promises.