The First Day of Passover

On This Date…

Today is the first day of the Jewish Passover (it began at sundown last evening). Passover will end at sundown on Tuesday, April 18. Passover seders occur on the evenings of April 10 and 11. The main food is matzah, unleavened bread. During the seder there will be the retelling of the events of the Exodus from Egypt under the leadership of Moses, freeing the Israelites from slavery.

Christians will re-live the Exodus on Holy Thursday, April 13. We shall hear at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, “This day shall be a memorial feast for you, which all your generations shall celebrate”. Jews and Christians alike are united in these special holy days.

– Father McLaughlin

Blessed Passover

Today’s Word:

“The Lord has made his salvation known … has revealed his kindness and his faithfulness toward the House of Israel” (Psalm 98:2-3)


On This Date…

On April 23, 1616 William Shakespeare died at age 52; he is buried near the main altar of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-Upon-Avon where he had been baptized. The home in which he was born still stands, preserved and open to visitors.

On April 23, 2016, today, the Jewish Community celebrates the first day of Passover (beginning last evening at sundown), an eight-day feast that will conclude on April 30th; families gather to share the seder meal on the first and second nights of Passover, recalling how God led the people out of slavery in Egypt under the leadership of Moses. The cups of red wine recall the lamb’s blood on their doorposts saving them from the angel of death; the unleavened bread recalls their quick departure, before the bread could rise.

Today at Mass we prayed, “The Lord has made his salvation known … has revealed his kindness and his faithfulness toward the House of Israel”. Blessed Passover to all.

– Father McLaughlin

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This Is The Day The Lord Has Made

Today’s Word:

“This is the day the Lord has made” (Psalm 118:24)


On This Date…

On April 11, 1120, at the beginning of Holy Week, Saint Norbert returned to Premontre, France with thirteen novices and, for the first time, began to live community life.

On April 11, 1126, Easter Sunday, Saint Norbert celebrated Mass in Wurzburg, Germany, and, after receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus, breathed upon the eyes of a blind woman and cured her of her blindness. Later that same day there was a meeting in Magdeburg, Germany to discuss the election of a new archbishop; Saint Norbert was elected and served as Archbishop of Magdeburg from 1126 until his death in 1134.

On this 8th Day of Passover and 7th Day of Easter we say with the psalmist, “This is the day the Lord has made” as it was also in 1120 and 1126.

– Father McLaughlin

 

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