That Time the Triduum Triumphed

It was 2014. We were set to move out of our home two weeks after Easter, and, as my procrastinating self would have it, I’d yet to pack anything other than books. I decided that we’d spend the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday) purging and packing, and this process would yield to an Easter Sunday with far less clutter – an excellent metaphor for the New Life we were entering with our new house. You know what they say about plans and making God laugh. On Good Friday, I decided to make falafel for supper – a tradition I’d started the year before, and we loved so much that we’ve kept it up. Because it’s a rather involved process, I didn’t get the kitchen cleaned until rather late, and I fell into bed exhausted.
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Gaudete! Rejoice!

REJOICE! Gaudete!

 

From the Introit, or Entrance Antiphon, for today’s Mass, we hear St. Paul exhort the Philippians: “Rejoice in the LORD always; again I say, rejoice.  Indeed the LORD is near!”

Indeed He is!  In case you needed are reminder, there are 11 days left until Christmas Day.  Is your Christmas tree up yet?  Is your baking finished?  Are your presents wrapped?  {Don’t worry.  None of that is complete over here, either.  The tree goes up today, I have a bajillion gifts en route from Amazon, and my baking has been limited to one batch of brownies.}  More importantly – how are you cultivating an atmosphere of joy for your family, friends and coworkers?

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