Wednesday greetings from frigid Chicago.
Last night I attended a liturgy committee meeting at my parish. We are preparing the celebrations for the Season of Lent and the Triduum. We don't have any catechumens in our parish currently. We talked about this fact at our meeting. I commented that our celebration of Lent and the Triduum without anyone preparing for baptism diminishes us as a parish. This will be only the second time in the last twenty-four years that I have been in a parish without anyone being baptized at the Easter Vigil.
I remember well the full and rich celebration of the Triduum when I attended Saint John's Seminary in Boston many, many years ago. At my first Triduum at my first full-time job as director of liturgy and music at Saint Mary Magdalen Parish in Altamonte Springs, Florida, there were eleven adults baptized and thirty-six adults welcomed into the full communion of the Catholic Church. It wasn't until I experienced that very first adult baptism at the Vigil that I realized that something indeed had been missing from all my previous celebrations of the Triduum. Walking with the elect through the scrutinies of the Lenten Season and accompanying them with prayer and song to the font enriches the experience of this sacred time. Not only do we witness the power of the Lord in the lives of the elect, they serve as a reminder to us all that Lent is about preparing to renew our own baptism promises at Easter.
So, I will deeply miss this experience durnig Lent and the Triduum this year. Have you had a similar experience?
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.