In the spring, the Church celebrates what is known in Latin as the Triduum: the three days of passion we call Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. The time spans Jesus’ life and death to the expectation of resurrection. Now, in the turning of the year towards winter comes the dark Triduum. The three days of All Hallows Eve (Hallowe’en), All Saints Day, and All Souls Day are also based in our Christian hope of resurrection.
In various cultures and ways, we are aware of the thin veil between this world and the next. We celebrate the saints among us and before us. And we pause to remember those souls who are now at rest. Perhaps it is appropriate that this weekend too, the clocks move an hour back and our days shift shorter in a tangible demonstration of why we need God’s light in the darkness.
Prayer is a powerful means of keeping hope. This coming Wednesday at our Happy ½ Hour from 4-4:30 pm by Zoom, join me for a discussion of how we pray for each other through our community at St. Martin’s. I will be on retreat this week from Tuesday to Thursday, but joining you virtually by the miracle of technology, God willing. Let us commit to praying in the light of Christ for our beautiful and broken world.