Sunday, April 13, 2014

Holy Week

Today, Palm Sunday, begins the final week of Lent, Holy Week the holiest and most important week on the Church calendar. Palm Sunday begins with a triumphant parade into Jerusalem and ends with a sorrowful Mass dedicated to the Holy Name, where the Passion according to Saint Matthew is read. Mark's passion is read on Tuesday, and Luke's on Spy Wednesday, the day that Judas betrayed Our Lord. Spy Wednesday ends with the Tenebrae service, which symbolizes the darkness yet to come.

Maundy Thursday has two Masses: one in the morning said by the Bishop in his cathedral church to bless the holy oils (The Chrism Mass), and the Mass said at every parish in commemoration of the Last Supper, for which the ciborium is sent to the altar of repose and the high altar is stripped.

Good Friday, the most sorrowful day of the year, is when Saint John's Passion is read and the Cross is unveiled and venerated.

Holy Saturday is the day of the Great Vigil of Easter, where light shines in the darkness, the prophecies are read, where adult catechumens are baptized and confirmed, and where afterwards the First Mass of Easter is said.

While these events of Our Lord's Passion, Death, and awaited Resurrection take place, please pray that I find my future Catholic wife this week, so that I will have someone to accompany me to these events for years to come. 

No comments:

Post a Comment