- Jan 17, 2020
The Easter Vigil is loaded with symbolism. It must take place after dark and begins with the lighting of the fire outside and the inside lighting of the Paschal candle, whose light is passed on to individual candles. There are seven Old Testament readings telling the salvation history, sung responses between readings and a sung proclamation called an Exsultet.
A parishioner of an upscale church in Georgetown has found a new home in El Salvador where she finds that the Stations of the Cross are a often a reality rather than a symbolic act on Easter. “Every week is Holy Week here,” because of the suffering, says Margie Legowski.
Students at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa answered the call made by the Church and international organizations to help the communities in Kenya who risk starvation due to the drought that has devastated the region. Through concerts and donations, the students managed to raise money and collect food for the needy.
In Arkansas, an effort to execute seven men in 11 days, before the final batch of a drug used in lethal injections expires, raised objections by Church leaders. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, joined the ranks of those urging the governor of Arkansas to reconsider the executions.
Christian leaders across the United States have been using Holy Week liturgies to draw attention to the social issues affecting the country. Los Angeles Archbishop Joes H. Gomez said Holy Week is meant to remind Catholics what it means to be a Christian in today’s world and how they can bring hope and possibility to an uncertain society.
Can pro-lifers be feminist? Women met for a panel discussion on the issues, hailing from both sides of the abortion debate. Though the panelists did not agree on abortion they ultimately admitted that more must be done to provide appropriate health care for women and that the tags and and labels are mostly hindering that goal.