Bishop's Blog / Focus on the Family & Domestic Church this Easter

By Joseph Strickland
Thursday, April 01, 2021

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A Blessed Triduum to all in East Texas,

I will be joining all of our priests throughot the diocese by offering the liturgies of the Easter Triduum and praying for every domestic church, every household in the Diocese of Tyler. 

I encourage individuals and families to consider how they can make the Holy Days special in their own home. If you can attend all or some of the Triduum liturgies in your parish or mission that is wonderful. Praying at Holy Thursday Mass, at the Good Friday Liturgy and at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday is a blessing for the individual and the whole family of God's people in the diocese. If you can't attend then I encourage you to make holy these sanctified days in your own home.

A few suggestions........

1. Read the Passion Gospel from one of the four Gospels. If reading the whole Passion is too long then break it up among the three days of the Triduum.

2. Ensure that all in your household have gone to Confession in these days at least before Divine Mercy Sunday on April 11.

3. Pray a Rosary together in thanksgiving for the Lord's loving sacrifice and in reparation for our sins and the sins of the world.

4. Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet and give thanks to God for the gift of His Son and His abundant mercy that always calls us to repent of our sins and live the truth of the Gospel more fully.

5. Watch a movie like Resurrection or The Passion of the Christ together.

6. Go to the website and watch the newly released short film This is the Night.

7. Go for a walk, sit in the yard and enjoy the beautiful day or just spend time with the family.

Have a Blessed Triduum and Octave of Easter.

Bishop Joseph Strickland

Joseph Strickland

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland was named the fourth bishop of Tyler in September of 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI. Prior to being named bishop, he served a number of roles in the diocese, including vicar general, judicial vicar, and pastor of the Cathedral parish. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1985.
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