PALM SUNDAY AND HOLY WEEK
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the Holy Week. On this day Catholics receive pieces of blessed palm branches to help them recall the entrance of Christ the Lord and King into Jerusalem to accomplish the Pascal Mystery, that is, the deep spiritual mysteries associated with the suffering, death, and the glorious resurrection to new life of Jesus of Nazareth. As we participate in the Holy Week Ceremonies, Lord grant us the Blessings of your Resurrection.
There are three important days we must not miss during the Holy Week, namely:
Holy Thursday– on this day, Christian Communities remember the Last Supper of Jesus with his apostles, and special attention is given to the gift of the Eucharist that Jesus established in the Church as a sign of His love and Sacrifice- “Do this in Memory of Me” (Luke 22:19, 1 Corinthians 11:24). Also, we celebrate the gift of the Christian Priesthood (1 Peter 2:9).
Good Friday: Christians remember the suffering and death of Jesus of Nazareth by reading the passion story from the Bible, observe some special moments of prayers, veneration of the Cross of Christ and reception of Holy Communion. Mass is not celebrated on this day because the Holy Mass is a re-enactment of the Good Friday sacrifice of Christ on the Cross.
Holy Saturday Easter Vigil: This is the great Easter Vigil when Christians celebrate the victory of Christ over death and evil, a paschal candle is lit in every Catholic Church to symbolise the light of the risen Christ in the human community and creation. All the baptised renew their baptismal commitment, and those seeking full communion with the Church are baptised, confirmed and share in the Eucharist as a sign of their union with the risen Lord.
Wishing all Parishioners & Friends Happy and Blessed Easter! Fr Francis, MSP