Reflections on the Sunday’s Readings: April 5, 2015

Empty tombThis weekend we celebrate the close of the Sacred Triduum with the feast of the Resurrection of the Lord – Easter! Happy Easter - May you welcome God’s extravagantly abundant gifts of life into your heart and home, bringing fresh beginnings and surprises of joy and beauty! Join us as we celebrate the feast of Easter.

The Solemn Easter Vigil will be celebrated at 5:30 AM

We companion our elect who have been preparing for full initiation by remembering salvation history. lighting the new fire, blessing the water, recalling our own baptism, hearing the story of resurrection and celebrating the gift of the Spirit. By journeying with Christ through suffering and death, we find that love is the ultimate victor, bringing resurrection life. What new seed is coming to life in each of us, and how are we nurturing it? How do we welcome the movement of the Spirit among us? What new life needs to be celebrated?

To deepen the new life begun at Easter, we invite you to continue your Spiritual Practices during this entire Easter Season. Please pick up a white book for your daily prayer and reflection, and check the bulletin and website for the weekly focus, prayer and action.

Sacred Triduum, April 3, 2015 – Good Friday

CrossOur celebration of Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion will be at 7:00 PM in the Worship space. When we’re in despair and our hopes are dashed, death is not the final word…therefore we can find consolation in the cross. We all experience pain, suffering, defeat and loss. When we can’t see through the suffering in our lives and in the world, there’s a humility required to face our despair and powerlessness and allow room for God to work – sometimes in ways we can’t even imagine. It takes a step of faith to accept that God can bring hope and good even in the midst of frightening, terrible violence and loss.

Jesus models a life of compassion, loving service and integrity, with total surrender to God, and then shows us that death is not the ultimate victor. We can recognize the face of Jesus in all who suffer. We can find oneness and solidarity in the suffering and loss we all know, learn compassion, and support each other on the journey through death to life.

  • Is there suffering in my life that I need to hand over to God?
  • Do I recognize the face of Christ in those suffering?
  • How is God inviting me to trust that suffering and death are not the final ends?

Ministry: Worship

Come Celebrate the Stations of the Resurrection

Via LucisWhat: Stations of the Resurrection (Via Lucis)

When: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Where: Worship Space

Stations of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM in church. The Via Lucis (way of light) is a recently published prayer that helps us celebrate the fact that Jesus’ story continues beyond the passion, death and resurrection. Jesus continued to appear to many of his disciples bringing joy and the promise of new life. This message is for us as well.

Ministry: Worship

Eucharistic Ministers: Serving the Body of Christ to the “Body of Christ”

CommunionWhat: Eucharistic Minister Training

When: March 28, 2015 1:00 PM

Where: Worship Center

There are many ways to move from attending church to becoming an active member… Have you ever thought of being an Minister of the Eucharist, where you both offer and acknowledge the presence of Christ for each individual before you?

Ministry: Worship

Sacred Triduum, April 2, 2015: Holy Thursday

Foot WashingThe Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper is the beginning of our Sacred Paschal Triduum. We will celebrate it at 7:00 PM in the Worship space. We need three days to celebrate the Paschal Mystery of Christ’s life, His dying, and His rising. It all begins tonight and will conclude on Easter morning.

It was Passover. A time for remembrance of what God had done in the past. A time to look more carefully at what God was doing that Passover. And it was a time to envision what God would be bringing about in the future. It was on this night, in the Spring of the year, when the Passover lamb, whose blood brought about liberation, was sacrificed and eaten. It was on this night that Jesus and his disciples found themselves in Jerusalem for the great feast.

Jesus was filled with thoughts of remembrance:

Ministry: Worship

Obituary for Betty Strobel

BettyBetty J. Hartley Strobel, 88, of Louisville passed away peacefully Wednesday March 25, 2015 at the HOSPARUS Pavilion of Norton Hospital.

Betty was a member of The Church of the Epiphany, a member of the Buechelites, the 1st  Drum Majorette at Fern Creek High School, attended Murray State College, an associate member of the Bonnycastle Club and a huge supporter of U of L sports.  We will all remember her infinite love of music even after she lost her hearing.

Ministry: Bereavement

Come Give the Gift of Life

Blood MobileWhat: Red Cross Blood Mobile

When: Monday, April 6, 2015 - 2:00 until 7:00 PM

Where: Community Center

The Red Cross Blood Mobile will be at Epiphany on Monday, April 6, 2015 from 2:00 until 7:00 PM. Signups for donors and volunteers will be after the liturgies this weekend and April 4-5 or donors can sign up online. Use the Sponsor Code: anchoragecovlouky.

Ministry: Community Care

Obituary for Clarence James Cabral

Clarence CabralClarence James Cabral, 91, a native of New York City, passed away Wednesday March 18, 2015 at Norton's-Hospice Unit.

He was a retired US Navy Chief and Veteran of World War II. He was a member of Church of the Epiphany, and a loving and devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary Rose Kelly Cabral; and by two of his children, Donald F. Cabral and Christine A. Cabral.

Ministry: Bereavement

2015 Holy Week Prayer Schedule

Holy Week

  • Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, March 28-29, 2015: Participate in the procession and blessing of palm, participate as a liturgical dancer. Call Linda in the office for more information.
  • Stations of the Cross: Pray them outside along the drive from the main entrance, or in the chapel. Booklets are available in the Chapel.
  • Rosary Prayer: Monday, March 30, 2015 - 5:00 PM - Chapel.

The Sacred Paschal Triduum

  • Open Labyrinth walk, April 2-4: Stop by our outdoor labyrinth anytime during the Triduum. Suggestions for your walking prayer focus during this sacred three days will be available for your use.
Ministry: Worship

Reflections on the Sunday’s Readings: March 29, 2015

Palm SundayThis Sunday is Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. Welcoming the deepest mysteries of our faith…Holy Week shows us our faith “in a nutshell.” Jesus takes in everything this world brings, responds only in love, and is willing to let everything go, even his human life, to be true to God and his own identity.

As followers of Jesus, we too are called to this “paschal journey.” Will you follow this same path, wherever it takes you? Are we willing to live as Jesus lived, practice His teachings and values, love as He loved; and even go with Him to the Cross through what appears a disastrous loss – trusting in the power of God’s ultimate love and life?

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