Cardinal wraps up Holy Week with Easter Sunday Mass in packed cathedral – Essex News Daily
NEWARK, NJ — For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began two years ago, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, Archbishop of Newark, celebrated Easter Sunday Mass in front of a cathedral basilica filled with the Sacred Heart in Newark on April 17.
Tobin told adherents that Easter is a great time to reaffirm their faith, just as Jesus’ first disciples did upon discovering Jesus’ empty tomb, a symbol for Christians of Jesus’ resurrection.
“Mary Magdala and her two seeking companions did not see what they wanted…but they came to believe while always yearning for more,” Tobin said during his homily. “Their Easters are so much like ours – they have seen days of light, growth and still seek all that we desire and hope for. Enjoy not seeing, not being convinced, but believing. In short, have fun entering into the beliefs of the first friends of Jesus as they lived his resurrection without seeing.
Easter Sunday Mass marked the end of Holy Week, the holiest time of the year for the Catholic Church. It was also the start of the Easter season, which lasts seven weeks and culminates on Pentecost Sunday, the day Christians believe the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus’ apostles and other followers.
Photos courtesy of Julio Eduardo Herrera/Archdiocese of Newark