The liturgy for this week celebrates two events, just days apart, when the crowd welcomes Jesus to Jerusalem as the Messiah and Son of David and at the end of that same week are calling for His death, because He has failed to deliver on the hopes that they had put on Him.
The Palm Sunday Mass begins with the blessing of palm branches and a procession into church with the palm branches. Then the focus shifts to the Passion of Christ, which will be read from the Gospel of Luke. We hear the same people who were calling out “Hosanna to the Son of David” shouting “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” How fickle the crowd proved to be.
This Mass is actually a precursor to Holy Thursday and Good Friday, as many people would not have been able to come to those Masses. The Passion reading begins with the story of the Last Supper and then moves to the Agony in the Garden, on through the Crucifixion and the burial of Christ.
I encourage you to attend all of the Triduum Services — Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil. You are also invited to join us for our Holy Thursday parish dinner, beginning at 5:30 pm.
–Fr. Mike Comer
Holy Week Schedule
|Holy Thursday||5:30 pm||Parish dinner (in the church hall)|
|7:30 pm||The Supper of the Lord|
|Good Friday||12:05 pm||The Passion of the Lord|
|Holy Saturday||8:30 pm||The Easter Vigil|