The Paschal Mystery

The Church leads us to follow Christ in his suffering, death, and Resurrection, in a focused way, during the liturgical days it calls the Triduum.  Following Christ helps us through our own small or sometimes heavy experiences of various kinds of suffering and “death(s)” that we can offer up in union with Christ for the salvation of others. The Church has experienced this in her history as in the case of the protestant reformation in England, when the church underwent great persecution, martyrdom, and seeming death. We will all experience a final suffering and physical death and by God’s grace our resurrection. The Church teaches us that there will be a final suffering, death, and, resurrection of the Church at the end time. How or when it happens is not specified. This helps us keep the perspective of keeping our hearts fixed on Christ and his promise of eternal life and glory. Paragraph 677(as cited below) of the Catholic catechism teaches this vision of the final passion, death, and resurrection of the church. 
677 The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection. 578 The kingdom will be fulfilled, then, not by a historic triumph of the Church through a progressive ascendancy, but only by God's victory over the final unleashing of evil, which will cause his Bride to come down from heaven. 579 God's triumph over the revolt of evil will take the form of the Last Judgement after the final cosmic upheaval of this passing world. 580
 As we celebrate the Triduum  yearly
Your Church calls us to ponder solemnly
Your suffering and  death 
And your resurrection with glorious solemnity 
You suffered the deepest agony 
On the cross and in the garden of Gethsemane
For each one of us individually 
All whoever lived throughout history
You suffered because of your pure love 
For each one of us
So that each of us in justice could be
Forgiven and live with you eternally
You offer your forgiving mercy
Through your church - your body
In your love given sacramentally
That we can hear, touch, taste, and see
Your divine love and mercy
We who know and accept your divine mercy
And with your grace follow you daily
Are being perfected like you
In our weakness, trials, and frailty
You lead  each of us personally
To bring your divine mercy
To all - reflecting your human solidarity
Led by your Holy Spirit your Church proclaims
That she follows you - her dear Lord daily
In your passion, death, and resurrection 
In each of our lives and eucharisticly
And at the end of time 
She will be divinely refined 
In the crucible of her suffering and death
And her glorious resurrection
Glory to the Father and to the Son
And to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning and is now 
And will be forever Amen

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