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Easter Vigil Mass - Saturday 19 April

EASTER VIGIL MASS CELEBRATED BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART AT SAINT PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL, MELBOURNE, ON SATURDAY, 19TH APRIL 2014 AT 8.00 P.M.

“Christ is Risen, Alleluia!”

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Tonight we have moved from darkness to light, we have reflected on the journey of God’s holy people from Adam to Abraham to Moses to the Prophets to Isaiah and now to Jesus.  We who walked in darkness come now to see a great light because this powerful Lenten season engages us once more with the love of Jesus Christ.

For these past forty days we have been seeking a deeper relationship with the Lord, with more prayer or self-denial, intended to bring us closer to him.  We can be quite sure that when we draw near to Jesus he draws near to us.

So if God has done something in your life this Lent, do not be afraid.  If he has spoken to you or caused you to ponder over your life, or listened to his word or a hymn or prayer that you have used, do not be afraid.  If he has brought up old hurts and patterns of struggle, do not be afraid to ask the Holy Spirit to bring you in the direction of Jesus.

As Jesus stepped out of the tomb Easter is a new beginning.  It is an invitation to come to a new way of life, where Jesus will show you the path in the midst of contradictory spirits.  So give your ideas and your plans to him.  Surrender to him so that you can have life.  He is near to you right now and he will meet you just as he met Mary Magdalen.  So we pray to Jesus:  “Jesus, I cast aside all fear in your presence.  Take my hand Lord and lead me to the joy of new life.”

As I offer this Mass, I do so in deep gratitude for all who have helped us to pray so well this week, knowing that I carry your lives, those you love, your goodness to the Eucharist where we will meet with the risen Jesus who transforms life, gives it meaning and leads it to full and permanent hope.

 
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