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Pope Francis: Easter Triduum speaks of God’s love and mercy

Pope Francis at his Weekly General Audience. - ANSA

Pope Francis at his Weekly General Audience. - ANSA

23/03/2016 11:05

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis spoke about the upcoming Easter Triduum during his Wednesday General Audience.

Here is the English language summary of his remarks.

Dear Brothers and Sisters:  As we prepare to celebrate the Paschal Triduum in this Holy Year of Mercy, we are invited in a special way to contemplate the revelation of God’s infinite mercy in the events of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection.  Tomorrow, Holy Thursday, Jesus gives himself to us as food and, in the washing of feet, teaches us the need to serve others.  On Good Friday, in the mystery of Christ’s death on the cross, we contemplate that undying divine love which embraces all mankind and summons us in turn to love one another in the power of the Spirit.  Holy Saturday, the day of God’s silence, invites us not only to solidarity with all who are abandoned and alone, but also to trust in that faithful love which turns death into life.  These, then, are days which speak to us powerfully of God’s love and mercy.  In one of her visions, Julian of Norwich hears the Lord say that he rejoices eternally because he was able to suffer for our sake out of love.  Let us prepare then to celebrate the coming days with gratitude for this great mystery of God’s mercy, poured out for us on the cross of our salvation.

Pope Francis then made special greetings to English-speaking pilgrims:

I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, including those from Ireland, Australia, Indonesia, Japan and the United States.  With cordial good wishes for a blessed Easter, I invoke upon you and your fmailies the loving mercy of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  God bless you all!

23/03/2016 11:05