Today is the sixth and last Sunday of Lent and beginning of Holy Week. This Sunday, called a Palm Sunday, is of the highest rank. In common law it fixes the commencement of Easter duty. The ceremonies of the day are the benediction of the palms, the procession (at some Masses) in remembrance of Christ’s triumphant entrance to Jerusalem and reading of the Passion. According to the Gospel – the Hebrew children spread their garments in the way and cried out saying, "Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord." During the procession, the clergy and the people, carrying the blessed palms, march around the church. Continue reading Palm Sunday
Today we are in the middle of a paradox. On the one hand, we are filled with joy. As Jesus enters Jerusalem, throngs of people rejoice. The promised Savior has finally come! The Messiah is here! Redemption is at hand! But then, on the other hand, we turn towards the sorrowful narrative of our Lord’s rejection, suffering, and death – with his passion. Palm Sunday is also Passion Sunday.It is a solemn, silent moment.
How can a day of triumph be filled with both joy and sorrow? Because what seems to be Christ’s defeat is actually his victory, the victory of everlasting love. "A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13). Continue reading Palm Sunday