Posts Tagged ‘Holy Week’

Statement from Cardinal Donald Wuerl Regarding Church Bombings in Egypt

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

At the conclusion of Palm Sunday Mass today at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C., I released the following statement in response to the attack against Coptic Christians in Egypt: It’s the belief of the Church, it’s the faith of the Church, that because of the Communion we have received and […] [Read more]

Homily: Blessing of the Palms and Mass for Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

With the blessing of the palm and the reading of the Gospel narrative of the passion and death of Jesus, the Church initiates, once again, Holy Week. You and I are here because our faith recognizes that it is precisely in the events of Jesus’ life that our redemption is achieved. Our salvation – all […] [Read more]

Jesus Descends to the Abode of the Dead

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Two days ago, life for the Apostles seemed to be business as usual. Then, with dizzying speed, everything changed. In the space of a few hours, Jesus was arrested, tried, scourged, and crucified. Now his dead body lies in the tomb as his stunned followers try to make sense of it all. The Church knows […] [Read more]

Holy Thursday in the Year of Mercy

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Our commemoration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday takes place this year in the context of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. “Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy,” affirms Pope Francis, adding, “Jesus of Nazareth, by his words, his actions and his entire person reveals the mercy of God” […] [Read more]

Pray for the Holy Church of God

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

As we prepare ourselves for the sacred Paschal Triduum that begins tomorrow, culminating in the triumph of Easter, we follow the way of the cross that was traveled by Jesus two millennia ago and has continued to be traveled by his body in the world today, the Church.  The Church does not only meditate and […] [Read more]

Hosanna in the Highest

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

On this day of Palm Sunday, we begin Holy Week, accompanying our Lord Jesus from his triumphant entry into Jerusalem to the culmination of his saving work in the Sacred Triduum. So, in a special way this week, let us pause to reflect and pray: Today we gather together to herald with the whole Church […] [Read more]

The Mystery of Life

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

This is our Passover feast, when Christ, the true Lamb, is slain, whose blood consecrates the homes of all believers. This is the night when first you saved our fathers: you freed the people of Israel from their slavery and led them dry-shod through the sea. This is the night when the pillar of fire […] [Read more]

The Mystery of Death

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Our shepherd, the source of the water of life, has died. The sun was darkened when he passed away. But now man’s captor is made captive. This is the day when our Savior broke through the gates of death. He has destroyed the barricades of hell, overthrown the sovereignty of the devil. This is the […] [Read more]

Keeping Vigil During Christ’s Agony in the Garden

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to feel sorrow and distress. Then he said to them, “My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here […] [Read more]

We are Grains of Wheat

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.” – John 12:23-24 Reflection Question: Am I prepared to die to […] [Read more]