The Teresian Association in Italy had a special celebration of the Easter Triduum and Easter Sunday with participants of different nationalities. It took place at Vescovio Shrine in the province of Rieti.

The Easter Triduum in Vescovio is a beloved tradition for the Teresian Family in Italy. This activity was moved to Sicily some years ago, but this year we wanted to recall its origins on the occasion of the Centenary of the pontifical approval of the Association.

With the aim of celebrating, contemplating and sharing the paschal mystery, the programme included guided reflection on the liturgy of each day, space for prayer, sharing in large groups, times to rehearse the songs and opportunities to enjoy the natural environment.

It was a real family, intercultural and intergenerational experience. We had the participation of two Chinese families from Ireland, people from the Philippines and Congo living in Rome and students like Milagros, from Argentina, who is in Rome for an exchange and living in the Teresian Association University Residence.

Witness accounts

Gaetano Vasta, organist and director of the Vescovio choir, was pleased to have the group joining in with them. He said that “there is always something new to learn and we are enriched by the Spirit... all of us are different with different origins and coming from different countries. Sometimes communication is not so easy because of language, but we are all going in the same direction and we all have our humble contribution to offer.”

Gigliola told us that Holy Week is a particularly special time in Vescovio. She is a catechist who remembers occasions in the past when the TA group in Italy was very involved. She said that “this year was really special. It was enriched by activities that supported and added to the regular Holy Week celebrations. It was beautiful.”

The Easter Triduum in Vescovio “helped me to better understand how celebrations in community strengthen our faith and help us to journey with the Risen Lord,” says Patrizia from Rome.

For Francesca, also from Rome, the experience of the Via Lucis was moving, because “it helped us to contemplate the beauty of creation, symbol of the Paschal mystery in death and in life.”

“Elisa from Congo who is living in Rome said that “the Easter experience was a great opportunity to leave everything and to be with Jesus at the moment of his suffering. We could meditate on the mystery of his love for us. He suffered for love. We must share this love so that others will come to know Jesus and Mary.”

The shrine in Vescovio is a place for meditation and prayer. “I live far from Rome, so it was nice to experience Easter in communion, like the first Christians,” said Paola Onnis from Perugia.

“I can only say thank you for the opportunity to have experienced this Easter in such an amicable atmosphere. To be in this wonderful company and feel such love is really priceless.” Milagros, a student from Argentina.

“From the moment we arrived, we were enveloped in a sense of community and spirituality that made the Triduum celebrations not only meaningful, but also incredibly family-friendly. My sons Jody and Lucas especially enjoyed it. It allowed them to feel part of the traditions and history being commemorated. It was a joy to see their faith being nurtured in such a vibrant environment,” said Kelly, a Dublin resident from China.

Wrap-up in Romepasqua Vescovio gruppo

We concluded the celebration in Rome with Pope Francis. We attended the blessing and Regina Coeli in St Peter's Square with thousands of pilgrims, and then we all had pranzo at the TA Rome headquarters.



TA Italy.
TA Translation Team.








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