This past Holy Week and Easter - A Reflection

Liturgies were held at the doors of the Sanctuary on Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday and Good Friday. We were blessed to have a strong accompaniment from the many varieties of birds who make their homes in the surrounding trees.  They joyfully joined in the hymns and mass parts led by our music director, Lizzy.  One parishioner said that during the homilies, the birds remained silent for awhile before restarting their song (perhaps I went on too long).  The beauty of the Mountain Preserve was all around us.  Rabbits and squirrels would pass by as I looked out to the parishioners socially-distanced in front of the altar.

Stations of the Cross on Good Friday were particularly poignant held along the long walk up to the hill on which stands the Sanctuary, a fitting prelude to the veneration of the cross.  

Then came the Vigil of Easter.  The fire which we blessed and from which the paschal candle was lit reminded us that the dark night was about to erupt with long-silenced Glorias and Alleluiahs once we finally processed into the Sanctuary and mass had begun.  As the candle was seated and incensed, and the Exsultet reminded us of why we willingly make the journey through Lent to reach this one night, I breathed a sigh of thanks to our God, our Creator, who brings us all good things, and who sent us our Risen Lord!

Rev. Kate Lehman, OSB

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Shadow Rock UCC
Education Building Chapel
12861 N. 8th Avenue

Phoenix, AZ 85029



St. Teresa of Ávila is united with many other authentic Catholic faith communities as a member of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC).  The ECC is a "community of communities" that share a common theology and liturgical tradition with the Roman Catholic Church, but do not participate in its canon law.

The "ECC Difference" can be seen in the inclusion of all baptized Christians at the Eucharistic table, respect for and recognition that the Spirit is at work in those of other religions, ordination of women and married individuals, offering of the sacrament of marriage to committed LGBT couples and those remarrying after divorce, invitation to follow conscience regarding birth control, and active/equal involvement of the laity in the governance of the Communion.

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