The Sacred Easter Triduum is always an extraordinary time for us here at the Dominican Liturgical Center. That is when our intense editorial work bears fruit – the biggest Holy Week resource library in the Polish internet. That is also when, more importantly, the sacraments of Christian initiation are being celebrated for our catechumens!
This year it was our joy to participate in the sacramental rebirth of four candidates who have been formed in our RCIA program since September of 2020. Three of them – Quy Dominic, Nesrine Sophia, and Yusuf Jan from the English-speaking group – received their sacraments on Monday within Easter Octave at the Dominican priory. One other catechumen from the Polish-speaking group, Darek, was welcome to the Church by Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski during Easter Vigil at the Wawel Cathedral. These four are now properly called neophytes, newly baptized, and as full members of the Church will continue their spiritual formation until Pentecost.
“What a mystery a person’s faith is, and what a humbling experience it’s been for me to be placed somehow this close to people’s most important journey in life…“, said Fr. Łukasz Miśko OP, the DLC President in charge of this year’s RCIA program.
In the previous days of the Triduum we took part in liturgies at the Dominican Holy Trinity Basilica. On Holy Thursday our Vice President, Fr. Wojciech Sznyk OP, preached at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.
Fr. Łukasz Miśko OP was the celebrant of the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday. He was joined by Fr. Wojciech in chanting the Passion according to St. John, using the traditional Dominican tone.
A few days earlier, on Monday of the Holy Week, we received the profession of faith from Adam, a Protestant who expressed his desire to enter the full communion with the Church of Rome. That day Adam received Confirmation as well as his first Communion at Mass celebrated by the prior of the Kraków Dominican community, Fr. Piotr Ciuba OP.
We are happy to share with you a few pictures from our Easter Monday celebration.