Posted by: fvbcdm | April 9, 2012

Easter Monday (9 April 2012)

In the year 1963, my classmates and I were ordained to the priesthood—a moment that we had been anticipating for YEARS!  It took place on Easter Monday which in that year fell on April 15th.   And because of that, I celebrate two anniversaries each year that have to do with our ordination to the priesthood.  One is Easter Monday which is today; the other is April 15, which will come next Sunday.  


As we fifteen men filed into our chapel in the Dominican Priory of Saint Rose in Dubuque, Iowa, that morning, it was a beautiful spring day.  And the glory of nature was made even more joyous by the beauty of the occasion and the excitement in our minds and hearts.  And to add even more joy, the choir was singing what we used to call the “Introit,” now the Entrance Antiphon.  On Easter Mondays, it says, “The Lord has led you into a land flowing with milk and honey, that the law of the Lord may always be on your lips, alleluia!”


So as we continue to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord from the tomb, I invite you to celebrate with the priests of the Church their own vocation to the life which Our Lord gave to his Church and people on that first Holy Thursday night, less than three days before his resurrection. May our priesthood enrich your lives, and may your devotion to the advantages of the priesthood make us more eager to give them to you.  


A very blessed Easter season to you and those you love. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.


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