Greetings in Christ!
May God bless our Palm Sunday with great love and give us a steady commitment to enter into this Holy Week with purpose.
Palm Sunday is the day that kicks off the Holiest Week of the Year. We commemorate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. We call it Palm Sunday because we receive Palm branches which are then blessed and used in our procession into the Church. We recall Jesus entry into Jerusalem and walk with him in his triumph.
For us, its the start of the week where we walk with Jesus on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. This whole week, we ask for the grace to remain constantly conscious of who Jesus is and what He has done out of love for us.
One thing I always recommend is that each family in our parish commit to lighting a candle and placing it in a very obvious place in our house all week. Each time we see it, we remember that this is not just another week: its a special, holy week. You can even commit to a short prayer whenever you see it. Here’s a few suggestions for a prayer to say:
“Jesus meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto thine” (say 3x)
“For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world”
“Draw me closer to your Sacred Heart, Oh Lord”
“Blessed Mother, walk with me as I walk with you through the Passion of your son”
These are suggestions, obviously, you can make your own prayer or choose another one…anything; just pray!!
Don’t forget our Holy Week Celebrations are at different times and this year, both St. Mary on the Lake and Sacred Heart are doing one Holy Week together.
Beyond our normal celebrations, I’m excited about another opportunity this year:
Apparently, for some time Sacred Heart in Hudson hosted an Ecumenical Prayer Service on Good Friday for all Christians who want to participate. We are doing it again this year! Any who are interested, please come to Sacred Heart at Noon on Good Friday for a brief (45 min?) time of prayer. We will do a Biblical Stations of the Cross, which is a bit different from our usual Stations of the Cross. I think its a great way for all people to see that, Catholic or Protestant, we want to work together for God’s Kingdom. This does not “replace” our Good Friday Service at 3pm, its simply another way we can honor the supreme sacrifice of Our God.
Final note: don’t forget that Easter Sunday schedule is different than our usual Sunday schedule and, when we gather for mass, someone will probably be in your seat. It’s your mission to pray for that person. 🙂
So…lots and lots this coming week: pray for the grace of conversion in each of us. Pray for the grace to enter into His Passion so that we can enter into His Resurrection!