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To Love, Proclaim, and Serve God through

Amar, Proclamar y Servir a Dios a través de

  • life-giving liturgical worship
  • joyful community
  • empowering others

We live our mission through worship, in which lay adults, children and youth participate alongside our clergy.  Traditional, life-giving Eucharistic liturgy and fine music are hallmarks of worship at our parish, and we have weekly services in both English and Spanish.  We create a joyful community with a harvest of fellowship activities and events for all ages.  We empower and serve others through vital ministries, particularly around feeding the hungry.  Please explore our website to get to know us or, better yet, come visit!

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From the Associate Rector: May Your Death Be My Life

Good Friday. Today, we place ourselves with Mary, Mother of Jesus, and a few of the disciples at the foot of the cross. We fix our eyes on the One who was pierced, asking him to help us to enter into the mystery of his life and death. Today, our duty is to be his companions – to remain at his feet with an attitude of listening and contemplation.

Place yourself at the foot of the tree of life. Use your imagination to contemplate Jesus on the cross. See how he makes all things new. Use your spiritual senses to experience the happenings on Calvary. Let Jesus engage all your senses.

Behold Jesus on the cross. Glimpse at the people around Jesus. Look at their expressions as they look at him.

Feel the cold wind blowing on Golgotha. Venerate Jesus on the cross by placing your hand on it. Let it stir your heart.

Smell the wood of the cross. Draw in the scent of the earth on top of ‘the Place of a skull’. The earth might smell a bit peaty or saline. Stay with that smell for a moment. The wind is blowing. A storm is on the way. What does the wind smell like before the rain?

Listen to the people around you. Listen to the soldiers’ jests and to the chief priests’ mockeries. Attend to the cries of the people around the cross. Take notice of the last words of Jesus.

Above all, stay with Jesus. Ask the Lord to help you enter into the mystery of his life and death. Today, our only duty is to be his companions – to remain at his feet with an attitude of listening and contemplation.

May this holy listening and attentive contemplation of Jesus on the Cross by aided by this prayer/poem by the Jesuit, Saint Peter Faber:

Oh, Jesus Christ, may your death be my life
and in your dying may I learn how to live.
May your struggles be my rest,
your human weakness my courage,
your passion my delight,
your sadness my joy,
In your humiliation may I be exalted.
In a word, may I find all my blessings in your trials.
Amen.

You can also listen to this prayer in song via a YouTube video by clicking here.

 

– Father Santi Rodriguez