April 13, 2009

Happy Easter. May the Risen Jesus Reign in your heart and bless you with peace.
Today I am putting in many pictures from Holy Week and Easter.

Holy Week started with Palm Sunday. Many people made their palms into lovely items to keep in their homes throughout the year.

On Tuesday some of our elder Sisters, with the help of some home-schooled Children, decorated the Easter Eggs that were blessed on Easter Sunday morning and then served for breakfast that day.

We had trays of decorated Easter cookies and, of course, Hot Cross Buns served on Good Friday.

Thursday Evening we had our Sedar Meal. This is a reminder of Jesus’ meal with his friends the night before He died. The dining room was beautifully decorated with centerpieces of a small loaf of bread and a glass of wine which was shared by each person at the table. At 7 p.m. we had Eucharist/Mass with the washing of feet followed by adoration until 10 p.m.

Good Friday started with a Silent Walk for Peace through the downtown part of Little Falls. I talked last week about the places where we stopped and prayed. We had twenty-five people on the walk this year. The participants in the walk took turns carrying the big brown cross. (May the time come soon when all parts of the world will know peace.) Shortly after that walk concluded, we had Stations of the Cross, using the stations along the cemetery path—stations that Sister Alice Doll painted many years ago. We had thirty people join us for this. At the same time there were Stations of the Cross being prayed in the Chapel. The 2 o’clock Liturgy was a prayerful time for all who attended.

On Saturday at our house, we colored Easter Eggs and Isa decorated a lamb cake for us.

And what a joy-filled celebration the Easter Vigil Service was. Sister Joel and her helpers had everything arranged perfectly. Father Michael used his Boy Scout skills to arrange the materials for the new fire so it burned perfectly for the blessing of the new fire. I am always touched at how the light from the Easter Candle is used to illumine the whole Chapel in such a short time.

Easter Sunday was sunny and bright. I went to the home of my brother and sister-in-law near West Union and then rode with them to their son’s home in Hutchinson for Easter dinner and a good visit with family. It was great fun watching the little children searching the yard for Easter Eggs. It didn’t take them long to finish that task.

This week the Bloodmobile is here Wednesday, Thursday and Friday… 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. the first two days and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. God bless the generous donors.

Peace and blessings until next week.
Sister Mary Lou

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