Palm Sunday

March 28, 2021

Today, we celebrate Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. Today we combine the triumph of Jesus and His suffering, and His death on the Cross. We much prefer the waving of palms and shouting Hosanna to the ordeal of seeing our Lord scourged at the pillar, being mocked with a crown of thorns, carrying His cross to the hill of execution, and His agonizing death. This is the beginning of Holy Week, the holiest of weeks of all the Liturgical year as we relive the Paschal Mystery. As Catholics it is a wonderful opportunity to renew our love and devotion for Jesus who suffered and died to bring us the forgiveness of our sins and the promise of life eternal. We journey with Him from Pilate’s Praetorium, through the narrow streets of Jerusalem, outside the walls to the lonely hill where He is crucified as a criminal, to His Body being placed in the tomb. This week tells us the greatest love story ever told. Let’s make it a priority this week to attend as many of the special liturgies Holy Mother Church provides us to renew our faith. Despite some restrictions due to Covid, our liturgies will give us a sense of who and whose we truly are.

Our regular Lenten weekday Masses will end on Wednesday. On Thursday, Holy Thursday there is no morning Mass. Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at 7:00pm. This year you will notice that one traditional part of the Liturgy will be omitted due to Covid. We will not have the Washing of the Feet as we normally do. After Communion we will go with Jesus into the Garden of Gethsemane where He will begin His Passion. On Friday, Good Friday, there are no morning services. The Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion will be celebrated at 7:00pm. As on Palm/Passion Sunday, the dramatic reading of the Lord’s Passion will be proclaimed with all parishioners participating as part of the crowd. This year, due to Covid, the Veneration of the Cross will be a tad different. Parishioners are to come forward and either bow or genuflect in reverence. We are not permitted to touch or kiss the cross. The Church remains quiet on Saturday, Holy Saturday, in anticipation of the Great Vigil of Easter. There will not be a Mass at 5:00pm. Our Easter Vigil Mass will be at 8:00pm. In this grand celebration we celebrate the victory of Christ over death. Again, a change due to Covid, will not permit the use of candles for the congregation this year. We let the light of Christ Candle, the Easter Candle, to proclaim that Christ is our Light, a light no darkness can extinguish. This Mass is the first Mass of Easter and begins the season of Resurrection and New Life. After 40 days of penitence and calls to conversion, we now celebrate with joy for 50 days, proclaiming Christ Risen from the dead. What a grand a glorious week this is. Please be sure not to miss it and allow the graces sure to flow to make it a special time to renew your faith.

God Bless! Make it a great and holy week!

Please continue praying 3 Hail Marys.

Fr. Pete