Alleluia! He is Risen!

During this past Easter weekend, it was gratifying and fitting to join so many celebrating our Savior’s triumph over death and sin. His continuing promise to each of us is that death is overcome, and we are freed from sin through his death and resurrection. Between our two churches in Precious Blood Parish, we estimate that over seven thousand faithful joined in worship. What a powerful statement that so many would gather to proclaim in one voice, “He is Risen!”.

Our celebration of the Triduum, the sacred three days leading to Easter, was well attended and especially spiritual. Saint Mary Church was the site for The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday, Saint Agnes Church was the site of the Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion on Friday, and the Solemn Easter Vigil was at Saint Mary Church. Many of you remarked about the reverence and uplifting nature of these services. Having packed Churches is a great sign of a healthy parish, and we certainly are healthy. A special thanks to Frank Zilinyi and the choir for the excellent music at all the Triduum services, and to Deacon Bob Magnuson for those prepared in RCIA who entered the Church this Easter.

A special thanks to all those “behind the scenes” person at both Churches who do so much in decorating, cleaning, and preparation for Holy Week and Easter. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

I hope all of us can redouble our efforts to continue to welcome everyone in our community to join us each week to worship the Risen Lord. May the blessings of this Easter season continue for each of you and may each of us be more determined to bring the Risen Lord with us to all we meet.

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