The Lord has truly Risen, Alleluia!
After an absence of two years we were able to welcome guests and visitors back to Glenstal for the celebration of the Easter Triduum. These intense days, when we celebrate the Passion, Death and Resurrection of the Saviour, are the most important days of the year.
We remember all those who celebrated Easter with us down the years and are no longer with us. We particularly remember those who went to their eternal reward during the Covid pandemic and pray for their grieving families. We give thanks that we are now able to celebrate these great mysteries together once more and for all the solidarity and kindness we received over the last two years, particularly from our health care professionals.
We also pray in a very special way this year for our brothers and sisters in Ukraine. We pray for an end to this terrible war. We pray for peace, for justice, for compassion and humanity. We pray that the victory of Christ over sin and death will give strength and courage to all who are suffering, who have lost loved ones, who have been driven from their homes and separated from their families. We pray that the presence of the Risen Lord will soften the hearts of those who make war and that this great offence against God will swiftly come to an end.
May the peace and joy of our Risen Saviour be with all of you and those you love. Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη! Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
Brendan Coffey OSB
Abbot of Glenstal