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O God, Hear our Prayer
March 30, 2018

Tenebrae: a series of psalms and lamentations and a meditation on the events of salvation running from the Last Supper to the entombment.

The candles of the Tenebrae candelabra are lit and then extinguished in order to denote the almost complete abandonment of Christ by the apostles. Nevertheless, the unrecognized light of Christ is not destroyed, as the 15th candle gives evidence. In the midst of the deepening darkness, the light of this candle still shines.

Easter Egg Fun
March 28, 2018

Benedictines cultivate beauty whenever they can – even in the art of Easter egg decorating. “There was nothing haphazard about the annual event organized by Sister Helen Heher,” said Sister Marilyn Schauble, one of the egg decorators. “Every detail was attended to with care. It was so inviting that you couldn’t help but want to decorate eggs and create something beautiful.”

Eggs are symbolic of new life and for Christians decorated Easter eggs are a sign of Resurrection life and joy. “It was a fun evening,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “As the number of beautifully decorated...

Easter Preparations at the Soup Kitchen
March 28, 2018

Holy Thursday at the soup kitchen has always been celebrated as the great feast that Jesus intended when, during his last supper with his followers, he broke bread and told them to love one another as he loved them. Not only are guests treated to a special five-star meal but they also receive early Easter gifts.

"Receiving Easter candy can bring back positive memories of when one was young," said Sister Rosanne Lindal-Hynes, the women's advocate at Emmaus Ministries. "We have a group of volunteers that each year put together a bag of traditional Easter candy."

Adult guests...

Emmaus Volunteer Profile: Marie Wolf
March 27, 2018

Today I was the sous chef at the soup kitchen. Marie Wolf, a volunteer at the soup kitchen and food pantry for seven years, brought me in and taught me how to prepare a meal for 150 people. We prepared pulled pork, potatoes with butter and garlic, fresh fruit, chili, and chicken and rice soup. I had plenty of questions for Marie. Because of all these questions I had, I decided to do an interview with Marie so others could learn, too, what Marie does when she works with Emmaus' cook, Shirley Whaley, in the kitchen.

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