My dear parishioners and friends of our parish community: Lord Jesus Christ Crucified! Have mercy on us and on the whole world!
Dear friends, each year the Catholic Church celebrates the Holiest of Weeks with reverence and awe. We stand before the Lord Jesus Christ, who suffered and died to save us from our sins. We are all overwhelmed by this great act of love that brings new life to all who call out to God in faith.
On this Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, I invite you into the beauty and mystery of this Holy Week. “Dear friends in Christ, for five weeks of Lent we have been preparing, by works of charity and self-sacrifice, for the celebration of our Lord’s paschal mystery. Today we come together to begin this solemn celebration in union with the whole Church throughout the world.
Christ entered in triumph into His own city, to complete His work as our Messiah: to suffer, to die, and to rise again. Let us remember with devotion this entry which began His saving work and follow Him with a lively faith. United with Him in His suffering on the cross, may we share his resurrection and new life (Mass of Palm Sunday).” Please take the blessed palm branches for a place of honor in your home today.
Today, Palm Sunday, we hear St. Matthew’s account of the sacred Passion. The death of Jesus is followed by earthquakes, tombs splitting open, and the raising of the dead. These dramatic events cause those who were keeping watch over Jesus to cry out, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”
As we listen to the proclamation of the Passion of Our Lord, the very center of our Catholic faith, let us pray that we, too, along with the whole world, will be moved to lift our hearts and voices with these same words of faith.
Please, I invite you to take the time, effort, and personal sacrifice to attend all the sacred days of this Holy Week 2008. With the setting of the sun on Holy Thursday night, we begin the Paschal Triduum, of the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. We celebrate this week in the wonders Jesus has worked and continues to work in our lives. Let’s be open to His love.
Our Holy Week of Remembrance has begun!
Let us go forth in peace, praising Jesus our Messiah,
As did the crowds who welcomed Him into Jerusalem!
Devotedly in Christ the Redeemer,