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Lent 2017

Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil: Dead to Sin

Dead to Sin

“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 Saint 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’ life was a deep joy in the love of Christ and the glories of creation.

Pray with Saint Francis

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


Lent 2017