Spirit & Verse is a monthly column of original poem-prayers composed by Cameron Bellm, a Seattle-based writer and mother of two whose “Prayer for a Pandemic” went viral, bringing solace and comfort to many struggling during COVID-19.
Bring in your dead. Bring in your flattened. Bring in your hopeless cases and your lost causes.
In the U.S., it is easy for us to overlook the fact that Sunday is the first day of the week. We tend to think of it as the end of the weekend, the last little reprieve before the work week begins again on Monday. But there is no mistaking it in Israel. A few …
Virtual presentations for the Easter Triduum will present new opportunities for engaging the Holy Week rituals. Holy Week has its origin in the dramatic liturgies of the ancient Jerusalem Church: procession with palms; washing of feet; the passion narratives; veneration of the cross; the Easter Vigil with its focus on light in darkness, and rebirth …
April 12, 2020 — Like the rest of us, Fr. Scott Santarosa, SJ, Provincial of Jesuits West, is isolating at home this Easter Sunday with his Jesuit brothers at their community in Portland.
Pope Francis released an Easter Sunday letter to individuals working to help those at the margins, calling them an “invisible army fighting in the most dangerous trenches.” Noting that the impact of a global pandemic has been more acute for those without steady income and recognizing that “market solutions do not reach the peripheries, and State protection is hardly visible,” he suggests the time may be right for new thinking.
During Easter 2020, more than ever, we long for a hope-filled sunrise on the horizon of the current pandemic that has enveloped the world. Still, the deepest hope of the resurrection has forever been that Christ dwells in us at all times and in all circumstances, no matter what is happening around us.
Below are a series of guides to help communities and individuals around the world to celebrate, with the help of video conferencing tools, liturgies of the Word for the days of the Easter Triduum in the face of the limitations imposed by the current pandemic.
Easter Conversation with Fr. Scott Santarosa
Jeffrey Burwell, SJ reflects on his time this past Easter with a First Nation in Lac Brochet, Manitoba. His experiences of the Triduum in the far north reveal with clarity that the liturgies of Easter reflect a truth about God’s people.