With the Triduum behind us, we live now in the light of Christ. We, as Christians, are called to bring the light of Chirst to our world. The past three days of liturgical celebrations have given us much to be grateful for and much to reflect on. These days always put me on sensory overload — there are so may sights and smells and sounds that I am not able to absorb it all. It will take days, perhaps weeks, to capture the meanng of this experience and how to live it in daily life. THE CHRISM MASS –The celebrations begin with the celebration of the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul by our new Archbishop Charles Chaput. If you have not had an opportunity to attend this Mass, I suggest that you try to be present next year. It is at this Mass the the Archbishop blesses the holy oils used for the Sacraments — the Oil of the Sick, the Oil of Catechumens and the Chrism. The oils are caried to the altar in solemn procession and blessed before the “whole church”. Representatives of the entire Chruch are present — laity, religious, deacons, priests and bishops. At this celebration, we also witness the priests of the archdiocese renew their priestly promises and commitment to the service of God’s people. As lay faithful, we are then asked to support our priests in prayer for their ministry. There was standing room only at this Mass. The beauty of it for me is that everyone who attends really wants to be there. The singing and the responses fill the Cathedral. The people are on fire with their faith and love for the Chruch, the whole church. It is at this celebration that we begin to move out of the sacrifice and “darkness” of Lent and the light becomes visible to us in the faith of the people of God. Please stay tuned as we move forward in our reflections on the Celebration of the Lord’s Supper, the Passion of the Lord and the Easter Vigil, the Mother of all vigils.