Happy Easter!!!!

It has been a beautiful Triduum!
Got to sing the Exsultet for the first time and love it… turns out I was able to wake up half the sleeping congregation. lol
We had 7 neophites tonight come into the Church which is super AWESOME!!!! And we have even more coming in the next two weeks (a total of 19, I think).

It has been a wonderful blessing to be able to serve in a small way at Our Lady of Good Counsel this Triduum and Easter! I am thrilled to be where I am in my vocational discernment and I couldn’t be more please with where it is taking me. The joy Christ has laid in my heart is rekindled every Easter and continually tells me to push further in and go deeper into God’s calling.

What a blessed Easter this has turned out to be. Now it is time to sleep in until 9am and tomorrow (well sorta today) go see my postulant bud, Chris, go serve at the Basilica at the Immaculate Conception for Easter with Cardinal Wuerl.

HAPPY EASTER TO ALL OUR YOU AND MAY THE BLESSINGS OF THE NEWLY RISEN CHRIST KINDLE IN YOUR HEARTS A FLAME OF UNDYING LOVE AND JOY!

hercrossroads:

this silence will soon turn to rejoicing.

hercrossroads:

this silence will soon turn to rejoicing.

simplyorthodox:

Orthodox Christian moments from Holy Friday

art-is-art-is-art:

Dusk, Piotr Stachiewicz

art-is-art-is-art:

Dusk, Piotr Stachiewicz

laclefdescoeurs:

Dead Christ, 1901, Pedro Américo

laclefdescoeurs:

Dead Christ, 1901, Pedro Américo

badwolfcomplex:

The Site of the Holy Sepulchre (Catholicism: Original Series Soundtrack)

purgatorialsociety:

Iglesia del Santo Sepulcro, Jerusalén

purgatorialsociety:

Iglesia del Santo Sepulcro, Jerusalén

allaboutmary:

The Holy Saturday procession of the Madonna of Desolation in Conasa di Puglia, Italy.
The procession takes place in the early hours of the morning and is formed by the town’s women, who cover their heads with black veils as a sign of mourning. As they walk through the streets they pray the rosary and sing songs about Mary’s grief over her dead Son.

allaboutmary:

The Holy Saturday procession of the Madonna of Desolation in Conasa di Puglia, Italy.

The procession takes place in the early hours of the morning and is formed by the town’s women, who cover their heads with black veils as a sign of mourning. As they walk through the streets they pray the rosary and sing songs about Mary’s grief over her dead Son.

catholicsoul:

O happy tomb! It received within itself the Creator, as one asleep, and it was made a divine treasury of life, for our salvation who sing: O God our Deliverer, blessed art Thou.  
The Life of all submits to be laid in the tomb, according to the law of the dead, and He makes it a source of awakening, for our salvation who sing: O God our Deliverer, blessed art Thou.

catholicsoul:

O happy tomb! It received within itself the Creator, as one asleep, and it was made a divine treasury of life, for our salvation who sing: O God our Deliverer, blessed art Thou.  

The Life of all submits to be laid in the tomb, according to the law of the dead, and He makes it a source of awakening, for our salvation who sing: O God our Deliverer, blessed art Thou.

I wonder what it would have been like. To see your Son breathe His last breath. I cannot imagine the anguish you felt. How could you have known what we know now that as they pulled the nails out of him and laid Him on your lap, that He had just vanquished the chains of sin.How could you have known that as you and the other women anointed the cold pale body of Jesus with fine oils and spices, that He was breaking the bonds and tearing down the gates of the Underworld, leading the throngs of holy men and women into Heaven.How could you have known that as you sat there in front of the sealed tomb… sitting there in silence, that this isn’t the end. In mourning you waited. Silence being your consoling mantle for but a moment.O’ Mary, if only you could have known what we know now. The joy of what tomorrow will bring! For it is not over dearest Mother. It has only just begun.

I wonder what it would have been like. To see your Son breathe His last breath. I cannot imagine the anguish you felt. 

How could you have known what we know now that as they pulled the nails out of him and laid Him on your lap, that He had just vanquished the chains of sin.

How could you have known that as you and the other women anointed the cold pale body of Jesus with fine oils and spices, that He was breaking the bonds and tearing down the gates of the Underworld, leading the throngs of holy men and women into Heaven.

How could you have known that as you sat there in front of the sealed tomb… sitting there in silence, that this isn’t the end. In mourning you waited. Silence being your consoling mantle for but a moment.

O’ Mary, if only you could have known what we know now. The joy of what tomorrow will bring! For it is not over dearest Mother. It has only just begun.

theraccolta:

Relics of the True Cross

Crux fidelis, inter omnes Arbor una nobilis! Nulla silva talem profert, Fronde, flore, germine, Dulce lignum, dulces clavos, Dulce pondus sustinet.

Faithful Cross! above all other, One and only noble Tree! None in foliage, none in blossom, None in fruit thy peer may be; Sweetest wood and sweetest iron, Sweetest weight is hung on thee.

The Hourly Events of the Passion
7pm: Jesus washes the feet of the Apostles.
8pm: Last Supper and institution of the Holy Eucharist.
9pm: Jesus preaches his last discourse of love and makes His prayer for the union of His disciples
10pm: Prayer in Gethsemani. The Agony.
11pm: Jesus is arrested and brought to Jesusalem.
12am: Before Annas and Caiphas. First trial before the Sanhedrin.
1am: The denial of Peter. Jesus is imprisoned until morning.
5am: Jesus is struck and insulted in prison
6am: Jesus placed before false witnesses; affirms His Divinity. He is condemned as a blasphemer - worthy of death.
7am: Jesus in the Pretorium. He declares to Pontius Pilate that He is a King.
8am: Jesus in the palace of Herod. He is treated like a fool and is despised.
9am: Barabbas is preferred over Jesus. The scourging.
10am: Jesus is crowned with thorns and is condemned to death.
11am: Jesus carries His Cross to Calvary.
12pm: Jesus is stripped of His garments and nailed to the Cross which is raised and set in place.
1pm: Jesus forgives His enemies and opens the Gates of Paradise to the Good Thief.
2pm: Jesus leaves His Mother to be our Mother.
3pm: Jesus dies on the Cross.
4pm: The Heart of Jesus is pierced by a spear.
5pm: Jesus is put in the arms of His Mother, and is buried.
6pm: The desolation and solitude of the Mother of God.
allofthegrero:

The Anatomical And Physiological Details Of Death By Crucifixion:By Dr. C. Truman DavisA Physician Analyzes the Crucifixion.From New Wine Magazine, April 1982.Originally published in Arizona Medicine,March 1965, Arizona Medical Association.Crucifixion was invented by the Persians in 300 BC, and perfected by the Romans in 100 BC.1,It is the most painful death ever invented by man and is where we get our term “excruciating.”2,It was reserved primarily for the most vicious of male criminals.Jesus refused the anaesthetic wine which was offered to Him by the Roman soldiers because of His promise in Matthew 26: 29, “But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”3,Jesus was stripped naked and His clothing divided by the Roman guards. This was in fulfilment of Psalm 22:18, “They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.”4,The Crucifixion of Jesus guaranteed a horrific, slow, painful death.Having been nailed the Cross, Jesus now had an impossible anatomical position to maintain.5,Jesus’ knees were flexed at about 45 degrees, and He was forced to bear His weight with the muscles of His thigh, which is not an anatomical position which is possible to maintain for more than a few minutes without severe cramp in the muscles of the thigh and calf.6,Jesus’ weight was borne on His feet, with nails driven through them.As the strength of the muscles of Jesus’ lower limbs tired, the weight of His body had to be transferred to His wrists, His arms, and His shoulders.7,Within a few minutes of being placed on the Cross, Jesus’ shoulders were dislocated.Minutes later Jesus’ elbows and wrists became dislocated.8,The result of these upper limb dislocations is that His arms were 9 inches longer than normal, as clearly shown on the Shroud.9,In addition prophecy was fulfilled in Psalm 22:14, “I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint.”10,After Jesus’ wrists, elbows, and shoulders were dislocated, the weight of His body on his upper limbs caused traction forces on the Pectoralis Major muscles of His chest wall.11,These traction forces caused His rib cage to be pulled upwards and outwards, in a most unnatural state. His chest wall was permanently in a position of maximal respiratory inspiration. In order to exhale, Jesus was physiologically required to force His body.12,In order to breathe out, Jesus had to push down on the nails in His feet to raise His body, and allow His rib cage to move downwards and inwards to expire air from His lungs.13,His lungs were in a resting position of constant maximum inspiration.Crucifixion is a medical catastrophe.14,The problem was that Jesus could not easily push down on the nails in His feet because the muscles of His legs, bent at 45 degrees, were extremely fatigued, in severe cramp, and in an anatomically compromised position.15,Unlike all Hollywood movies about the Crucifixion, the victim was extremely active.The crucified victim was physiologically forced to move up and down the cross, a distance of about 12 inches, in order to breathe.16,The process of respiration caused excruciating pain, mixed with the absolute terror of asphyxiation.17,As the six hours of the Crucifixion wore on, Jesus was less and less able to bear His weight on His legs, as His thigh and calf muscles became increasingly exhausted.There was increasing dislocation of His wrists, elbows and shoulders, and further elevation of His chest wall, making His breathing more and more difficultWithin minutes of crucifixion Jesus became severely dyspnoeic (short of breath).18,His movements up and down the Cross to breathe caused excruciating pain in His wrist, His feet, and His dislocated elbows and shoulders.19,The movements became less frequent as Jesus became increasingly exhausted, but the terror of imminent death by asphyxiation forced Him to continue in His efforts to breathe.20,Jesus’ lower limb muscles developed excruciating cramp from the effort of pushing down on His legs, to raise His body, so that He could breathe out, in their anatomically compromised position.21,The pain from His two shattered median nerves in His wrists exploded with every movement.22,Jesus was covered in blood and sweat.23,The blood was a result of the Scourging that nearly killed Him, and the sweat as a result of His violent involuntary attempts to effort to expire air from His lungs.Throughout all this He was completely naked, and the leaders of the Jews, the crowds, and the thieves on both sides of Him were jeering, swearing and laughing at Him.In addition, Jesus’ own mother was watching.24,Physiologically, Jesus’ body was undergoing a series of catastrophic and terminal events.25,Because Jesus could not maintain adequate ventilation of His lungs, He was now in a state of hypoventilation (inadequate ventilation).26,His blood oxygen level began to fall, and He developed Hypoxia (low blood oxygen).In addition, because of His restricted respiratory movements, His blood carbon dioxide (CO2) level began to rise, a condition known as Hypercapnia.27,This rising CO2 level stimulated His heart to beat faster in order to increase the delivery of oxygen, and the removal of CO228,The Respiratory Centre in Jesus’ brain sent urgent messages to his lungs to breathe faster, and Jesus began to pant.29,Jesus’ physiological reflexes demanded that He took deeper breaths, and He involuntarily moved up and down the Cross much faster, despite the excruciating pain.The agonising movements spontaneously started several times a minute, to the delight of the crowd who jeered Him, the Roman soldiers, and the Sanhedrin.30,However, due to the nailing of Jesus to the Cross and His increasing exhaustion, He was unable to provide more oxygen to His oxygen starved body.31,The twin forces of Hypoxia (too little oxygen) and Hypercapnia (too much CO2) caused His heart to beat faster and faster, and Jesus developed Tachycardia.32,Jesus’ heart beat faster and faster, and His pulse rate was probably about 220 beats/ minute, the maximum normally sustainable.33,Jesus had drunk nothing for 15 hours, since 6 pm the previous evening.Jesus had endured a scourging which nearly killed Him.34,He was bleeding from all over His body following the Scourging, the crown of thorns, the nails in His wrists and feet, and the lacerations following His beatings and falls.35,Jesus was already very dehydrated, and His blood pressure fell alarmingly.36,His blood pressure was probably about 80/50.37,He was in First Degree Shock, with Hypovolaemia (low blood volume), Tachycardia (excessively fast Heart Rate), Tachypnoea (excessively fast Respiratory Rate), and Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).38,By about noon Jesus’ heart probably began to fail.39,Jesus’ lungs probably began to fill up with Pulmonary Oedema.40,This only served to exacerbate His breathing, which was already severely compromised.41,Jesus was in Heart Failure and Respiratory Failure.42,Jesus said, “I thirst” because His body was crying out for fluids.43,Jesus was in desperate need of an intravenous infusion of blood and plasma to save His life44,Jesus could not breathe properly and was slowly suffocating to death.45,At this stage Jesus probably developed a Haemopericardium.46,Plasma and blood gathered in the space around His heart, called the Pericardium.47,This fluid around His heart caused Cardiac Tamponade (fluid around His heart, which prevented Jesus’ heart from beating properly).48,Because of the increasing physiological demands on Jesus’ heart, and the advanced state of Haemopericardium, Jesus probably eventually sustained Cardiac Rupture. His heart literally burst. This was probably the cause of His death.49,To slow the process of death the soldiers put a small wooden seat on the Cross, which would allow Jesus the “privilege” of bearing His weight on his sacrum.50,The effect of this was that it could take up to nine days to die on a Cross.51,When the Romans wanted to expedite death they would simply break the legs of the victim, causing the victim to suffocate in a matter of minutes. This was called Crucifragrum.52,At three o’clock in the afternoon Jesus said, “Tetelastai,” meaning, “It is finished.”At that moment, He gave up His Spirit, and He died.53,When the soldiers came to Jesus to break His legs, He was already dead. Not a bone of His body was broken, in fulfilment of prophecy (above).54,Jesus died after six hours of the most excruciating and terrifying torture ever invented.55,Jesus died so that ordinary people like you and me could go to Heaven.All He Asks You is to Love Him, Your Lord, Your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’!!

allofthegrero:

The Anatomical And Physiological Details Of Death By Crucifixion:
By Dr. C. Truman Davis
A Physician Analyzes the Crucifixion.
From New Wine Magazine, April 1982.
Originally published in Arizona Medicine,
March 1965, Arizona Medical Association.

Crucifixion was invented by the Persians in 300 BC, and perfected by the Romans in 100 BC.

1,It is the most painful death ever invented by man and is where we get our term “excruciating.”

2,It was reserved primarily for the most vicious of male criminals.
Jesus refused the anaesthetic wine which was offered to Him by the Roman soldiers because of His promise in Matthew 26: 29, “But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”

3,Jesus was stripped naked and His clothing divided by the Roman guards. This was in fulfilment of Psalm 22:18, “They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.”

4,The Crucifixion of Jesus guaranteed a horrific, slow, painful death.
Having been nailed the Cross, Jesus now had an impossible anatomical position to maintain.

5,Jesus’ knees were flexed at about 45 degrees, and He was forced to bear His weight with the muscles of His thigh, which is not an anatomical position which is possible to maintain for more than a few minutes without severe cramp in the muscles of the thigh and calf.

6,Jesus’ weight was borne on His feet, with nails driven through them.
As the strength of the muscles of Jesus’ lower limbs tired, the weight of His body had to be transferred to His wrists, His arms, and His shoulders.

7,Within a few minutes of being placed on the Cross, Jesus’ shoulders were dislocated.
Minutes later Jesus’ elbows and wrists became dislocated.

8,The result of these upper limb dislocations is that His arms were 9 inches longer than normal, as clearly shown on the Shroud.

9,In addition prophecy was fulfilled in Psalm 22:14, “I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint.”

10,After Jesus’ wrists, elbows, and shoulders were dislocated, the weight of His body on his upper limbs caused traction forces on the Pectoralis Major muscles of His chest wall.

11,These traction forces caused His rib cage to be pulled upwards and outwards, in a most unnatural state. His chest wall was permanently in a position of maximal respiratory inspiration. In order to exhale, Jesus was physiologically required to force His body.

12,In order to breathe out, Jesus had to push down on the nails in His feet to raise His body, and allow His rib cage to move downwards and inwards to expire air from His lungs.

13,His lungs were in a resting position of constant maximum inspiration.
Crucifixion is a medical catastrophe.

14,The problem was that Jesus could not easily push down on the nails in His feet because the muscles of His legs, bent at 45 degrees, were extremely fatigued, in severe cramp, and in an anatomically compromised position.

15,Unlike all Hollywood movies about the Crucifixion, the victim was extremely active.
The crucified victim was physiologically forced to move up and down the cross, a distance of about 12 inches, in order to breathe.

16,The process of respiration caused excruciating pain, mixed with the absolute terror of asphyxiation.

17,As the six hours of the Crucifixion wore on, Jesus was less and less able to bear His weight on His legs, as His thigh and calf muscles became increasingly exhausted.
There was increasing dislocation of His wrists, elbows and shoulders, and further elevation of His chest wall, making His breathing more and more difficult
Within minutes of crucifixion Jesus became severely dyspnoeic (short of breath).

18,His movements up and down the Cross to breathe caused excruciating pain in His wrist, His feet, and His dislocated elbows and shoulders.

19,The movements became less frequent as Jesus became increasingly exhausted, but the terror of imminent death by asphyxiation forced Him to continue in His efforts to breathe.

20,Jesus’ lower limb muscles developed excruciating cramp from the effort of pushing down on His legs, to raise His body, so that He could breathe out, in their anatomically compromised position.

21,The pain from His two shattered median nerves in His wrists exploded with every movement.

22,Jesus was covered in blood and sweat.

23,The blood was a result of the Scourging that nearly killed Him, and the sweat as a result of His violent involuntary attempts to effort to expire air from His lungs.
Throughout all this He was completely naked, and the leaders of the Jews, the crowds, and the thieves on both sides of Him were jeering, swearing and laughing at Him.
In addition, Jesus’ own mother was watching.

24,Physiologically, Jesus’ body was undergoing a series of catastrophic and terminal events.

25,Because Jesus could not maintain adequate ventilation of His lungs, He was now in a state of hypoventilation (inadequate ventilation).

26,His blood oxygen level began to fall, and He developed Hypoxia (low blood oxygen).
In addition, because of His restricted respiratory movements, His blood carbon dioxide (CO2) level began to rise, a condition known as Hypercapnia.

27,This rising CO2 level stimulated His heart to beat faster in order to increase the delivery of oxygen, and the removal of CO2

28,The Respiratory Centre in Jesus’ brain sent urgent messages to his lungs to breathe faster, and Jesus began to pant.

29,Jesus’ physiological reflexes demanded that He took deeper breaths, and He involuntarily moved up and down the Cross much faster, despite the excruciating pain.
The agonising movements spontaneously started several times a minute, to the delight of the crowd who jeered Him, the Roman soldiers, and the Sanhedrin.

30,However, due to the nailing of Jesus to the Cross and His increasing exhaustion, He was unable to provide more oxygen to His oxygen starved body.

31,The twin forces of Hypoxia (too little oxygen) and Hypercapnia (too much CO2) caused His heart to beat faster and faster, and Jesus developed Tachycardia.

32,Jesus’ heart beat faster and faster, and His pulse rate was probably about 220 beats/ minute, the maximum normally sustainable.

33,Jesus had drunk nothing for 15 hours, since 6 pm the previous evening.
Jesus had endured a scourging which nearly killed Him.

34,He was bleeding from all over His body following the Scourging, the crown of thorns, the nails in His wrists and feet, and the lacerations following His beatings and falls.

35,Jesus was already very dehydrated, and His blood pressure fell alarmingly.

36,His blood pressure was probably about 80/50.

37,He was in First Degree Shock, with Hypovolaemia (low blood volume), Tachycardia (excessively fast Heart Rate), Tachypnoea (excessively fast Respiratory Rate), and Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).

38,By about noon Jesus’ heart probably began to fail.

39,Jesus’ lungs probably began to fill up with Pulmonary Oedema.

40,This only served to exacerbate His breathing, which was already severely compromised.

41,Jesus was in Heart Failure and Respiratory Failure.

42,Jesus said, “I thirst” because His body was crying out for fluids.

43,Jesus was in desperate need of an intravenous infusion of blood and plasma to save His life

44,Jesus could not breathe properly and was slowly suffocating to death.

45,At this stage Jesus probably developed a Haemopericardium.

46,Plasma and blood gathered in the space around His heart, called the Pericardium.

47,This fluid around His heart caused Cardiac Tamponade (fluid around His heart, which prevented Jesus’ heart from beating properly).

48,Because of the increasing physiological demands on Jesus’ heart, and the advanced state of Haemopericardium, Jesus probably eventually sustained Cardiac Rupture. His heart literally burst. This was probably the cause of His death.

49,To slow the process of death the soldiers put a small wooden seat on the Cross, which would allow Jesus the “privilege” of bearing His weight on his sacrum.

50,The effect of this was that it could take up to nine days to die on a Cross.

51,When the Romans wanted to expedite death they would simply break the legs of the victim, causing the victim to suffocate in a matter of minutes. This was called Crucifragrum.

52,At three o’clock in the afternoon Jesus said, “Tetelastai,” meaning, “It is finished.”
At that moment, He gave up His Spirit, and He died.

53,When the soldiers came to Jesus to break His legs, He was already dead. Not a bone of His body was broken, in fulfilment of prophecy (above).

54,Jesus died after six hours of the most excruciating and terrifying torture ever invented.

55,Jesus died so that ordinary people like you and me could go to Heaven.

All He Asks You is to Love Him, Your Lord, Your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’!!