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Lent with St. Francis: Dead to Sin

Apr 3, 2021
Lent with St. Francis: Dead to Sin

Easter Triduum: Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil

The Vigil offers a choice of eight readings from the Old Testament, with psalm responses.

Exodus 14:15—15:1 must always be used.
Romans 6:3–11;
Psalm 118:1–2, 16–17, 22–23
Gospel: Year A: Matthew 28:1–10;
Year B: Mark 16:1–7;
Year C: Luke 24:1–12

“So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” —Romans 6:11

Francis described his life before his conversion as “When I was in sin.” St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, a part of which is always read at the Easter Vigil, reminds us that we died with Christ in our baptism and so will rise with him in the resurrection. We have journeyed through this Lent with St. Francis, reflecting with him on the cross of Christ, the Gospel call to poverty, care for the poor, the dangers and temptations that can beset us even when we’re striving to live a good and holy life.

As we come now to the celebration of Easter, we recall that one of the hallmarks of Francis’s life was a deep joy in the love of Christ and the glories of creation:

[St. Francis] was offered a present of a sheep at the Portiuncula and he accepted it gladly in his love of innocence and simplicity, two virtues which the image of a sheep naturally recalls. He exhorted the animal to give God praise and avoid offending the friars, and the sheep was careful to follow his instruction, just as if it realized the affection he had for it.

If it was entering the church and heard the friars singing in the choir, it would go down on one knee spontaneously and bleat before the altar of our lady, the Mother of the Lamb, as if it were trying to greet her. At the elevation during Mass, it would bow profoundly on bended knees and reproach those who were not so devout by its very reverence, while giving the faithful an example of respect for the Blessed Sacrament.


Most high, all-powerful, all good, Lord!
No mortal lips are worthy to pronounce your name.

Faith and Family


Submitted by Dr Eileen Quin… (not verified) on Sat, 04/03/2021 - 08:10 AM


'"The throne formed by cherubim awaits you, its bearers swift and eager. The bridal chamber is adorned, the banquet is ready, the eternal dwelling places are prepared, the treasure houses of all good things lie open. The kingdom of heaven has been prepared for you from all eternity." From the Office of Readings today, we know that we are one with Christ in the Eucharist offered to us on Holy Thursday. Being at one with Him in the Passion and finally spending time today in quiet prayer waiting for the Resurrection. May we offer the graces of the Triduum to all we come in contact with. Let our peace be offered to the whole world.

Submitted by Joanna Thalheimer (not verified) on Sat, 04/03/2021 - 05:22 PM


I have looked forward to opening my Franscian Lenten readings and reflections. It has made me stop and know that I am going to talk to God and then listen to what he is speaking to me. Thank You

Submitted by Karen (not verified) on Sat, 04/03/2021 - 11:56 PM


I’m very grateful for the Lenten reflections reminding us of Christ’s sacrifice.

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