Tomorrow morning at the 9 A.M. Mass, please join the Holy Cross School children and parishioners of Holy Cross as we welcome area First Responders to join in our celebration of prayer and Eucharist.
be our protection
against the wickedness and snares of the devil;
may God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God,
cast into hell
Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.
An honor guard of First Communicants and Newly Confirmed helped honor Mary by crowning our indoor statue and singing a hymn in her honor at the conclusion of the 12 noon mass on Sunday.
Thank you to the children and their parents who took the time to dress in their First Communion finery and looked so prayerful and excited to participate.
The journey begins when Christians leave their homes and beds . They leave , indeed , their life in this present and concrete world , and whether they have to drive fifteen miles or walk a few blocks , a sacramental act is already taking place , an act which is the very condition of everything else that is to happen . For they are now on their way to constitute the Church , or to be more exact , to be transformed into the Church of God... And now they have been called to " come together in one place , " to bring their lives , their very " world " with them and to be more than what they were : a new community with a new life .
We are already far beyond the categories of common worship and prayer . The purpose of this " coming together " is not simply to add a religious dimension to the natural community , to make it " better " - more responsible , more Christian . The purpose is to fulfill the Church , and that means to make present the One in whom all things are at their end , and all things are at their beginning . The liturgy begins then as a real separation from the world .
...In church today, we so often find we meet only the same old world, not Christ and His Kingdom. We do not realize that we never get anywhere because we never leave any place behind us.
Schmemann, Alexander. For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy (Kindle Locations 298-300). Kindle Edition.
It was good news to hear that the blue stone steps should be finished by tomorrow afternoon. The weather surely has been cooperating this week!