At Easter Masses, Cardinal Wuerl reflects on the Joy of the Resurrection

April 08, 2012

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, celebrated Easter Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle marking the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

The solemn and reflective Paschal Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday) that commemorates the suffering and death of Jesus Christ on the cross is a reminder to all Christians that His Resurrection at Easter is all the more reason for joy and excitement.

“The Church uses “alleluia” simply to express the overwhelming, incomprehensible testimony of the faith that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead,” said Cardinal Wuerl in his Easter Sunday homily at St. Matthew’s Cathedral. “The finality of death makes it difficult for us to grasp what we hold in faith, that Jesus did come back from the dead. He conquered death.”

“….The Resurrection is meant for you and me. This is the joy we find in our faith. In fact, so overwhelming is this joy and beyond our poor powers to express it, that for the entire week following Easter Sunday, the Church simply celebrates with full solemnity Easter over and over and over in each of the Masses simply concluding with, ‘Alleluia, Alleluia’”.

At the beginning of Lent, the more than 1,100 adults, teens and children who were being baptized or confirmed in the Catholic faith gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and were presented to Cardinal Wuerl at the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion. At that time, Cardinal Wuerl told those gathered that this year, the Lenten journey for the Catechumens and the Elect would mark a special and unique place in their faith journey, “so that this Easter, we might all celebrate as God’s people, gathered in God’s home, the mystery of the passion, death and resurrection of Christ…that for us means our pledge of new life in Christ and eternal life in glory.” Among the more than 1,100 gathered at the Shrine from across the archdiocese were the 25 Catechumens and Elect from St. Matthew’s Cathedral, whom Cardinal Wuerl baptized or confirmed into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil Mass.

Following Mass at St. Matthew’s, the Cardinal celebrated the Noon Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, which was carried live on EWTN and on The Catholic Channel on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 600,000 Catholics, 140 parishes and 98 Catholic schools, located in Washington, DC, and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

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