On this Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion we begin the Church’s holiest of weeks. It is the most solemn festival that marks the very center of our faith life. Within this Holy Week is the celebration of the
Paschal Triduum which includes the commemoration of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, Jesus’ crucifixion and death on Good Friday and Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Vigil and Sunday.
Holy Week offers a unique opportunity to pay attention to what’s most important. With reverence and awe we stand before the Lord Jesus, who suffered and died to save us from our sins. There are a number of signs and symbols that we observe to make this supreme act of redemption more vivid such as blessing and procession of palms, dramatic reading of the passion narrative, washing of feet, solemn adoration till midnight, veneration of the cross, blessing of fire and lighting of candles, initiation sacraments, renewal of baptismal promises, return of the Gloria and Alleluia with the ringing of bells.
What we commemorate and relive during this week is not just Jesus’ dying and rising, but our own dying to sin and rising in Him. We are overwhelmed by this great act of love that brings new life to all who believe. Jesus is calling us to be with him, to make him our first priority. The routine and concerns of our daily lives and the distractions of the world can wait. To focus on Jesus in our midst, to be in his presence and to give time to attend to him is such a precious gift we cannot afford to miss. Let us pray for the grace to make this week truly holy and meaningful.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE...
*Please join me in thanking Fr. Philip Chircop, SJ, for helping us prepare spiritually for the Holy Week with his enlightening and inspiring talks in the Parish Lenten Mission.
*We also thank the priest confessors who have come to assist us during the Penance and Reconciliation service – Fr. Dennis Koshko, Fr. Lane Akiona, SSCC, Fr. Ed Popish, SSCC, Fr. Bertram Lock, SSCC, Fr. Frankie de los Reyes, SSS, Fr. Syd Fernandes and Fr. Philip Chircop, SJ.
*On Monday, April 14, is my 34th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood. It is with joy and gratitude that I commemorate this event quietly within the Holy Week. Please join me in thanking and praising Jesus the Eternal High Priest for the gift of the priesthood and for giving me the opportunity to do ministry in the wonderful Parish of Sts. Peter and Paul. I wish to impart to one and all my humble priestly blessing.
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