This is the week called “Holy” in which we observe, as the ancients said, “The days of Awe.”
Today we begin with Palm Sunday, or as it is now called, the Second Sunday of the Passion. The central piece of this celebration is the commemoration of Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem and the proclamation of the Passion of the Lord according to Matthew. Worshipers take pieces of palm home and display them as a way of saying through out the year “in this house Jesus is King and Lord.”
Thursday, Holy Thursday, is the solemn celebration of the supper of the Lord.
Friday, Good Friday, the Church with reverence recalls the death of the Lord. The Passion of the Lord according to John and the solemn prayers for the needs of the world comprise the Word Service. We are called to physically reverence the wood of the cross. It is not the crucifix that is reverenced, it is the wood of the cross.
Saturday, Holy Saturday is the Great Vigil. We are told the story of God’s work in human history and the promise of the Covenant. We renew our own baptism, that sacrament by which we became incorporated into the Body of Christ. We celebrate the Easter Eucharist in which we proclaim: “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.”
As Easter Sunday dawns the earth is alive and blanketed with the mercy of God, poured out in Jesus His Son.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION (PENANCE)
in the Chapel during Holy Week:
- Saturday, April 1st following the 4:15 pm Mass
- Sunday, April 2nd following the 10:15 am Mass
- Monday, April 3rd at 7:00 pm
- Tuesday, April 4th at 4:30 pm
- Wednesday, April 5th at 7:00 pm
Fr. Steve Adrian