So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter. 2 Thessalonians 2:3
Easter Vigil is a time of conversion, many are accepting the Lord as they come forward to receive the anointing of oil and the cup of salvation. The cup is very important during the passover meal. There were four cups used at different times during the passover. They represented the following:
1 The first cupof wine is called the cup of sanctification. It is to commemorate the promise: “I will bring you out.”
2 The second cup is called the cup of plagues – the plagues that came upon Egypt – and it relates to the second promise: “I will free you from being slaves.”
3 The third cupis called the cup of redemption, where God says: “I will redeem you.”
4 The fourth cup is called the cup of completion, where God says: “I will take you as my own people.”
Notice the third cup, “cup of redemption“, that this would be the main representation of Christ who is the redeemer of mankind, that is why St. Paul refers to this cup as the “cup of blessing“.
It is this cup that is central to the Mass and our cup of salvation.
By receiving this cup, we renew the Covenant with the Lord and truly, our cup overflows.
Also notice the 4th cup, during the Last Supper, remember that Jesus did not offer the traditional 4th cup, but he saved it until the cross.
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