Regina Caeli:  Queen of Heaven, Rejoice, Alleluia

May 7, 2020

Easter blessings!  Regina Caeli:  Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia.  The Son whom you merited to bear, alleluia, has risen as he said, alleluia.  Pray for us to God, alleluia.  **Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia!  ****For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia!  

When the virus caused the closing of our churches, we were approaching the Third Sunday of Lent.  Now with May 10 (and Mother’s Day) we are entering the Fifth Week of Easter.  So much has happened since we last saw each other.  We were fortunate to finish our Lenten Mission giving us so much to reflect on during those last weeks of Lent.  We have Father Jim to thank for keeping us up-to-date and able to participate, even if remotely, in Sunday and daily Mass, the Triduum, Easter, the Divine Mercy Novena, and the May Crowning of our Blessed Virgin Mary.  Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Triduum were all a bit strange but even in our isolation we were able to participate.  Notice that the “behind-the-scenes” people changed the colors in the church to match the liturgical seasons.  So many liturgical and sacramental celebrations have been put on hold but will happen as soon as safe to do so. 

May is the month of Mary and should be a time to pray even harder for an end to this pandemic and the health and spiritual wellbeing of all of us.  A few observations:  Note the Easter Candle is in the Sanctuary and will remain there until Pentecost when it will return to the Baptismal Font.  The Statue of Mother Mary is also in the Sanctuary where she will remain until May 31.  The banners are the Eucharistic banners and will also remain up until Pentecost.  There are flowers back in the church reminding us of life.  Father Jim is wearing white as prescribed by the Easter Season. 

In all of this safe distancing, our young people are still being prepared to receive Baptism, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation.  Our adults are also still being prepared for Baptism, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation.  Continue to pray for them and support them as they patiently wait for the day they can come into the church and receive their sacraments.  Continue to pray for the day we can all come back.

Blessings, Gay Snell