Dear Friends in Christ,
The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia! Happy Easter to all of the faithful of Our Lady of Hope parish! To our visitors, welcome to our spiritual home! It is a great joy to celebrate the triumph of Jesus Christ over sin and death. Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI said in a homily on the Easter Vigil, 2006, “Thus we can sing full of joy, together with the Church, in the words of the Exsultet: ‘Sing, choirs of angels … rejoice, O earth!’ The Resurrection is a cosmic event, which includes heaven and earth and links them together. In the words of the Exsultet once again, we can proclaim: ‘Christ … who came back from the dead and shed his peaceful light on all mankind, your Son who lives and reigns forever and ever.’ Amen!” Our sanctuary is awash with the fragrance of flowers which reminds us of the sweet smell of our prayers and devotion before the Risen Savior. We no longer need fear sin and death, for if we immerse ourselves in Jesus Christ, we can conquer the awful horror of death and can be released from our sinfulness. I wish you and yours every blessing during this blessed season. It would be wonderful to see you at the Divine Mercy Service next Sunday. To those who may be returning to Holy Mass this weekend, know that you are loved and missed. These doors are opened wide to you which represent the openness of the mercy of God. ¡Feliz Pascua por los más queridos amigos! Les deseo a ustedes y a sus familias el gozo de Jesucristo, resucitado de entre los muertos. Están en mi corazón durante estos días benditos. ¡Que Nuestra Señora, la Santisima Virgin los proteja! Maligayang Pasko ng Pagkabuhay! Wesołego Alleluja! Feliz Páscoa! Cásca sona! Buona Pasqua! Sretan Uskrs! Frohe Ostern!
God bless you,