Palm branches and voices singing God’s praises, a Supper in bread and wine are transformed, silver pieces and a betraying kiss, crowing roosters and abandonments, condemnations and jeering crowds, a passer-by named Simon, and 2 criminals on crosses beside him find their place in the Passion proclaimed this day. A promise of Paradise awaits those who follow in faith and trust in God’s power to save that is manifest in the Lord Jesus Christ!
O God of eternal glory, you anointed Jesus you Son and servant to bear our sins, to encourage the weary, to raise up and restore the fallen. Keep before our eyes the splendor of the Paschal Mystery of Christ, and, by our sharing in the passion and resurrection, seal our lives with the victorious sign of his obedience and exaltation.
Holy Week begins today. My most ardent hope for each member of our parish family this week would be to break the routine of our normal activity and set aside the time to do those things which are spiritually enriching for us all. Spend some time in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament during the early days of this week. Plan on participating in the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and the Service of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday. Instead of (or in addition to!) Mass on Easter Sunday morning, participate in the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday joyfully knowing that it is the longest and most beautiful Liturgy of the Year! Pray for the Elect who will be Baptized, Confirmed and receive First Communion at the Vigil. Holy Week is not just another week, it is an extraordinary week! It will take some planning to make Holy Week an extraordinary experience for you and your family!
May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!