Today we begin the holiest week in the Church Year. This is a special week to remember all that Jesus did to save us. The week begins by His humble entrance into the holy city of Jerusalem. We remember how the people shouted, “Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” The palms we receive help us remember the victorious entrance into Jerusalem and to invite Jesus to enter more deeply into our lives. Our long gospel today assists our remembering the sad days of Jesus betrayal and death. Later this week we can participate in these events individually.
Holy Thursday is a special night to remember the Lord’s Supper and His humble act of service when He washed His apostle’s feet. We also remember the institution of the Holy Eucharist, our special celebration of the Lord’s presence with us always. We then journey from the Church to Gara Hall in order to spend time with Jesus, remembering how He said to his apostles, “Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test.” This place of repose, which represents the garden of Gethsemane, will remain open after Mass until 11 p.m.
On Good Friday we remember the death of Jesus and honor the instrument of our salvation when we reverence the holy cross. This is a solemn day, and its sadness is only relieved by the assurance of Easter.
On Holy Saturday we celebrate the Easter Vigil, the supreme Mass of the Church year. At this Mass and all Easter Sunday Masses, we remember and celebrate Jesus’ victory over sin and death.
Please make time to join us for these special celebrations and to remember all that Jesus did to save us. In addition we have our Parish Reconciliation Service this Tuesday, March 16. May the loving arms of Jesus enfold you and the victory of the cross bring you renewed hope. Peace.