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
Today and this week our Church leads us to the center of God’s forgiving love for us. At the Last Supper, Jesus took bread, blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” Later he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
On the Palm Sunday we should ask ourselves how do we respond to Him? We know that Judas did not accept God’s forgiveness. Peter at first could not but later he did. Pontius Pilate tried to deny responsibility by washing his hands of it..
Today we should enter into the passion and death of Christ. Do not say – I am not interested. I do not want to be bothered…
God loves you. God offers His life for you. Enter. Come to Jesus. Be one with Him. He forgives you. Rejoice! Sing Hosanna in your heart. Be saved!
Please check photos from the Palm Sunday celebration in our parish on the Photo Gallery page.