Holy Thursday and Good Fridays are days off for EWTN staff so that we may participate in Triduum and Easter weekend liturgies. I’ll be in and out but check in to this page and to my Facebook page (facebook.com/joan.lewis.10420) in coming days.
VATICAN INSIDER EXPLORES THE HOLY SHROUD OF TURIN
On Vatican Insider this Easter weekend, in what is normally the interview segment, I offer Part II of a Special I’ve prepared called “Who is the Man of the Shroud?” This is a reference, of course, to the celebrated Shroud housed in Turin, Italy that bears the image of a crucified man and has been venerated for centuries as Christ’s burial cloth.
I look at the history of this linen cloth, its provenance and travels and how it arrived in Turin from the Holy Land. I speak of the first photographic image of this cloth, a reverse negative, and I look at all the scientific studies done over a century to study the fabric and the image on it and to date it. Is it from the time of Jesus? Is Jesus the Man of the Shroud?
ALERT: On Holy Saturday the Shroud of Turin will be exposed for veneration on social media and websites according to Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia of Turin. He will preside over a liturgy that will be live-streamed from the chapel of the Turin cathedral where the Shroud is kept in a climate-controlled vault. The shroud was previously displayed over the Internet on Holy Saturday 2020 during Italy’s national lockdown. That event is scheduled to last one hour and will start at 5 pm, Italy time (11 am East Coast, US).
You can follow that on EWTN television. Vaticannews will offer live streaming on its news portal.
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PAPAL CATECHESIS ON HOLY TRIDUUM, EASTER SUNDAY
At today’s live-streamed general audience, Pope Francis focused his catechesis on Holy Week, the central days of the Liturgical year.
He said, “tomorrow, we begin the Easter Triduum and our celebration of the saving mystery of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. On Holy Thursday, in the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, we commemorate Christ’s washing the disciples’ feet, his new commandment of love, and his institution of the Eucharist as the abiding memorial of the sacrifice of his body and blood for the salvation of all.
“On Good Friday,” continued the Holy Father, “we celebrate Jesus’ redemptive sufferings and death through the solemn reading of the Passion, the Universal Prayer offered for the needs of the Church and the world, and the veneration of the wood of the cross. In this way, we bring before the crucified Lord our suffering brothers and sisters, and all victims of war, violence and injustice.
Francis explained that, “on Holy Saturday, a day of profound silence, we join Mary in her sorrow at her Son’s death, and her trusting expectation of the fulfilment of God’s promises.
“At the Easter Vigil,” concluded the Pope, “the light of the paschal candle and solemn chant of the Alleluia joyfully announce Christ’s victory over sin and death. In this time of pandemic, may our celebration of the paschal mystery proclaim the cross of Christ as a light shining in the darkness and an enduring sign of hope in God’s promise of new life.”
VACCINES ADMINISTERED IN VATICAN TO POOR, HOMELESS
If you recall, last Friday, March 26, Vaticannews reported that, “as the world continues to adopt measures to combat the ongoing health emergency, the Office of Papal Charities, in response to Pope Francis’s numerous appeals that no one be excluded from receiving the Covid-19 vaccines, is taking action to accompany the most vulnerable. Thus, during Holy Week, 1200 of the poorest and most marginalized people will have the opportunity of getting vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine – the same vaccine administered to the Pope and the employees of the Holy See.
“The vaccines will be administered in a specially designed facility inside the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican. The medical doctors and health workers involved in the process include volunteers who work in the “Madre di Misericordia” mobile health clinic located under the Bernini colonnade, employees of the Vatican’s Directorate of Health and Hygiene, as well as volunteers from the Medicina Solidale Institute and Rome’s Spallanzani Hospital.”
Today, the Holy See Press Office said, “This afternoon the first dose of the vaccine was administered to a group of more than 100 people housed in the dormitory of the Missionaries of Charity of San Gregorio al Celio and residing in other Roman structures. Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, papal almoner, was present to welcome them in the Paul VI Hall. In the next few days, other groups of people will receive the vaccination, accompanied by volunteers from the Community of Sant’Egidio, the Roman Caritas, the Missionaries of Charity and other associations.”