Embracing Easter: A living church of 'paschal' Joy

April 14, 2020

Pope Francis holds the monstrance as he delivers his extraordinary blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world) during a prayer service in the portico of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican March 27, 2020. The service was livestreamed in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

HOUSTON — Easter has arrived. Though the coronavirus pandemic has upended the world’s schedule, the life of the Catholic Church continues into this new liturgical season. Catholics, as one family of Easter people, across the Archdiocese are living out their faith in the Gospel message in powerful ways.

Priests celebrate the Holy Mass every day, actively offering the Sacraments like reconciliation when safely possible. Clergy and men and women religious, with the laity, continue to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, or the Divine Office, around the clock.

Catholics are on the front lines of the pandemic as healthcare workers in healing ministries caring for the sick and vulnerable; as first responders, grocery store clerks, workers providing essential city services, and so many more roles of service and support.

Families remain at home, icons of the “domestic Church,” caring for each other, children, elderly and neighbors. Though not physically together, parishioners are united in prayer watching Masses and Liturgies during Holy Week.

The Church might look different right now, but through the lens of faith, it is still united in Christ. Throughout the April 14 issue of the Texas Catholic Herald, stories explore the deep impacts of this historic pandemic, but also sharing the truth, beauty and grace of a Church that remains in motion.