[1] The term Elect are those chosen by the Bishop at the beginning of Lent to be incorporated into the life of Jesus’ saving death, victorious Resurrection and glorious Ascension to His Father through the Easter Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Most Holy Eucharist.

[2] The term Faithful are those who have been fully initiated into the Body of Christ through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Most Holy Eucharist.

[3] The word Paschal is the English translation of the Hebrew word pesch — “Passover.”

[4] The word Mystery, so important in Catholic Theology, originates in the Greek root verb muo. Translated literally, muo was used often in antiquity ‘to close or shut the mouth’ thus listen. Closing or shutting the mouth also conveyed a sense of fasting. Thus aspects of Catholic Christian living that are described as Mystery or Mysteries is or are NOT primary about being unknown but about living the particular sacred reality by listening and fasting.

[5] Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, sacrosanctum Concilium, nos