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Sister Julitta begins English and Creole classes!

Sister Julitta has begun her English and Creole classes.

Everyday she meets with Sister Marilyn to learn English.
Twice a week she meets with Madam Omanie for Creole class.

 
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Śmigus-dyngus

Not being a Polish word but a Polish tradition, we celebrated Śmigus-dyngus. Śmigusdyngus is a Roman Catholic celebration held on Easter Monday across Central Europe. … Traditionally, boys throw water over girls and gently spank them with pussy willow branches (in some regions) on Easter Monday, and girls sometimes do the same to boys. Well the nuns did this to Jean Philippe and Sr. Marilyn did it to Sister Inga.

 
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Easter Sunday Agape after our all-night vigil!

 
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The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

By most ancient tradition, this is the night of keeping vigil for the Lord (Ex 12:42), in which, following the Gospel admonition (Lk 12:35-37), the faithful, carrying lighted lamps in their hands, should be like those looking for the Lord when he returns, so that at his coming he may find them awake and have them sit at his table.

This is exactly what we did this holy vigil. We began at 10:15 p.m. with the blessing of the fire.

Let us pray.
O God, who through your Son
bestowed upon the faithful the fire of your glory,
sanctify this new fire, we pray,
and grant that,
by these paschal celebrations,
we may be so inflamed with heavenly desires,
that with minds made pure
we may attain festivities of unending splendor.
Through Christ our Lord.

Therefore, O Lord,
we pray you that this candle,
hallowed to the honor of your name,
may persevere undimmed,
to overcome the darkness of this night.
Receive it as a pleasing fragrance,
and let it mingle with the lights of heaven.
May this flame be found still burning
by the Morning Star:
the one Morning Star who never sets,
Christ your Son,
who, coming back from death’s domain,
has shed his peaceful light on humanity,
and lives and reigns for ever and ever.

Dear brothers and sisters,
now that we have begun our solemn Vigil,
let us listen with quiet hearts to the Word of God.
Let us meditate on how God in times past saved his people
and in these, the last days, has sent us his Son as our Redeemer.
Let us pray that our God may complete this paschal work of salvation
by the fullness of redemption.
The children ask: “Why is this night different than other nights?”
Blessing of Water and Renewal of our Baptismal Promises.
Pour out on us, O Lord, the Spirit of your love,
and in your kindness make those you have nourished
by this paschal Sacrament
one in mind and heart.
He is RISEN!

Go in peace, alleluia, alleluia.

Thanks be to God, alleluia, alleluia.

Our vigil finished at 6:15 a.m.

 
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Holy Saturday preparations…

On Holy Saturday, April 3, preparations for the holy Feast of Easter began early in the morning with coloring eggs, blessing of the Easter food, and practicing music for the great Vigil of Holy Saturday.

Traditional foods were prepared and then blessed by Father Alain.

 
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The Way of the Cross in Jacmel

On Good Friday, April 2, Sisters Marilyn, Izzy and Julitta participated in the annual Way of the Cross that the Cathedral Church organizes for the city of Jacmel. At 6:30 a.m., we were on our way to the place where all the people were to meet. Each Station is decorated beautifully in a unique way. For the people, this is a privilege to be asked to decorate a Station. Hundreds of people participated.

“Let us bear all things thankfully, be it poverty, be it disease, be it anything else whatever: for he alone knows the things expedient for us…. Are we in poverty? Let us give thanks. Are we in sickness? Let us give thanks. Are we falsely accused? Let us give thanks. When we suffer affliction, let us give thanks.… Affliction is a great good. “Narrow is the way,” so that affliction thrusts us into the narrow way. He who is not pressed by affliction cannot enter. For he who afflicts himself in the narrow is he who also enjoys ease, but he that spreads himself out does not enter in and suffers from being, so to say, wedged in.” Saint John Chrysostom

Our kids joined us for the Way of the Cross.
The 5th Station…Simon helps to carry the Cross.
Lord, in your mercy, may we live as you live, die as you die, and triumph as you triumph—may we cling to your cross until your resurrection comes to life fully in us.
 
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Triduum 2021 – Holy Thursday 🍞🍷

For the Triduum this year, we had a different experience here in the Mission. The catechists from the Neocatechumenal Community were with us.

Holy Thursday, in the morning, the Chrism Mass is celebrated with the Bishop in the Cathedral. The Bishop and priests gathered at our Mission for the procession. After the Mass, there was a social for the priests before they returned to their parishes.

As for you, dearest sons and daughters,
pray for your Priests,
that the Lord may pour out his gifts abundantly upon them,
and keep them faithful as ministers of Christ, the High Priest,
so that they may lead you to him,
who is the source of salvation.

We had the opportunity to meet some of our Franciscan brothers, too.

After the Lord had risen from supper,
he poured water into a basin
and began to wash the feet of his disciples:
he left them this example.

Let us love and serve one another!

 
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