Monday, April 6, 2015

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord ,29 March 2015

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

29 March 2015

“Blessed is he who comes as King in the

name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and

glory in the highest!” Lk. 19:38
Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem is an
event of great magnitude because it shows how the

people hailed Jesus as the Messiah in a great
acclaim of praise: “Hosanna! In the highest!

Blessed is he who comes as King in the name of

the Lord!” Lk. 19:38 It was customary for the

people to greet pilgrims to Jerusalem as they

approached the city. With Jesus, it began at Bethany

with hundreds who joined His disciples in escorting

Him to Jerusalem. The people came out with palms

and olive branches to salute Him, and they also

spread their cloaks on the ground before Him in

homage. St. Andrew of Crete would remind us

likewise to pay homage to Our Lord and Saviour:
So let us spread before His feet, not garments or

soulless olive branches, which delight the eye for

a few hours and then wither, but ourselves,

clothed in His grace, or rather clothed

completely in Him.” (Sermon 9 on Palm Sunday)

Let us give Jesus a contrite and humble heart, the

fruit of His great victory on the cross. Let our souls

take the place of the welcoming branches, as we
join today in the children’s holy song: “Blessed is

he who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is

the King of Israel.” Lk. 19:38

The Mystery of Man’s Salvation

St. Andrew of Crete tells us of the great
mystery that is beginning on this day with Jesus’
triumphal entry into Jerusalem. “Come, and as we

make our way up to the Mount of Olives, let us

go out to meet Christ, who is returning today

from Bethany, and of his own will makes haste

towards his most venerable and revered passion,

whereby he will bring to fulfilment the mystery

of the salvation of mankind.” (Sermon 9 on

Palm Sunday) Let us not be like the proud

Pharisees who objected to the shouts of the children

and the people. Jesus welcomes their praise for if

they had not praised Him, the very stones would
have shouted out: “I tell you that if these keep

silence, the stones will cry out.” Lk. 19:40 Let us

also be like Jesus who wept for the city of

Jerusalem because it rejected Him on Good Friday.

What Jesus says about Jerusalem, He could say of

us today for our world has also rejected Jesus Christ

and His Gospel and His Commandments. This is

the symbolic meaning of what the prophet Zachary
says of Jesus: “Shout for joy, O Daughter of

Jerusalem! Behold thy King will come to thee; the

Just and the Saviour. He is poor, and riding upon

an ass, and upon a colt, the foal of an ass.” Zach.

9: 9 Dom Gueranger in The Liturgical Year, Vol. 6

tells us of its symbolic meaning: “The Holy

Fathers have explained to us the mystery of

these two animals. The ass represents the Jewish

people, which had been long under the yoke of

the Law; the colt, upon which, as the evangelist

says, no man yet hath sat (cf. Mk.11:2) is a figure

of the Gentile world, which no one had ever yet

brought into subjection. The future of these two

peoples is to be decided a few days hence; the

Jews will be rejected, for having refused to

acknowledge Jesus as the Messias; the Gentiles
will take their place, to be adopted as God’s

people and become docile and faithful.”

Gueranger, p. 193
Triumph and Tragedy

Who can account for this dramatic shift in
the people who cry out, “Hosanna in the highest,”

and then just five days later, as we see in today’s
Gospel Mt. 26:36-75; 27:1-60, these same people
shout, Crucify him”! (Mt. 27:23) The answer

can be found in our own hearts. St. Bernard tells
us: “How different the cries, ‘Away with him,

away with him, crucify him’ and then ‘Blessed is

he who comes in the name of the Lord, hosanna in

the highest!’ How different the cries are that now

are calling him ‘King of Israel” and then in a few

days will be saying, ‘We have no king but

Caesar!’ What a contrast between the green

branches and the cross, between flowers and the

thorns! Before they were offering their own

clothes for him to walk upon, and so soon

afterwards they are stripping him of his and
casting lots upon them.” (Sermon on Palm
Sunday,2, 4) Jesus’ triumphal entry and His

subsequent Crucifixion remind us, as Fr. Gabriel,
OCD tells us in his book of meditations, Divine

Intimacy:“...of the twofold meaning of the

Procession of Palms: it is not enough to

accompany Jesus in His triumph; we must follow

Him in His Passion, prepared to share in it by
stirring up in ourselves, according to St. Paul’s
exhortation (Today’s Epistle: Phil. 2:5-11), His

sentiments of humility and total immolation
which will bring us like Him and with Him “unto
death, even to the death of the Cross.” (Phil. 2:8)

Fr. Gabriel, p. 392 Because of Jesus’ “...obedience

unto death of the Cross. Therefore God also has

exalted him and has bestowed upon him the name

that is above every name, so that at the name of

Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven,

on earth and under the earth.” Phil. 2:8-10

Victory over Death

Today’s palm branches, blessed by the

priest and pledged to bring blessings on ourselves

and our homes, represent the victory which Jesus

will win over death. This is why the Holy Spirit

inspires the whole of Jerusalem to come out to meet
His Son on His entry into Jerusalem: “As soon as it

is known that Jesus is near the city, the Holy

Spirit works in the hearts of those Jews, who

have come from all parts to celebrate the feast

of the Passover. They go out to meet our Lord,

holding palm branches in their hands, and

loudly proclaiming Him to be King....Thus did
God in His power over men’s hearts, procure a
triumph for His Son, and in the very city which,
a few days later, was to clamour for His Blood.”

Dom Gueranger, Ibid, p. 193-4.
“Swing back, doors, higher yet; reach

higher, immemorial gates, to let the king

enter in triumph.” Antiphon for Palm Sunday
If we let Christ into our lives in triumph, reaching

higher and higher, then we will overcome all the

misery of sin which blurs our vision of life and

numbs our conscience. Let us go to the cross with

Mary, the Mother of God. She will teach us how to

remain constant and grow in love for her Son

Jesus. May we be close to her during these days of

the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of her Son.

We will not find a more privileged place.
Services for Holy Week at the Convent

Church of St. Joseph and St. Anne

Confessions one half-hour before all the services

and on Holy Saturday from 10:00 AM-12 Noon.

(If these times are not convenient, just call and make an


Mass of the Lord’s Supper

on Thursday, 2 April at 5:00 P. M.:

After Mass there will be Adoration at the

Altar of Repose until Midnight.
Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion on

Good Friday: 3 April at 3:00 P. M

Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at

7:00 P.M. (Outdoors, weather permitting)
Holy Saturday: 4 April :

Confessions: 10 AM to Noon
Easter Vigil: 4 April at 8:30 PM.

(After the Easter Vigil Services all are welcome to come to St.

Joseph’s Hall for tea.)

Easter Sunday: 5 April:

Holy Mass-10:00 AM

Divine Mercy Sunday

(1st Sunday after Easter):

12 April 2015

10:00 AM Sunday Holy Mass

2:00 PM Adoration of the Most Blessed

Sacrament- (with Confessions)

3:00 PM Divine Mercy Chaplet & Homily

(After the Divine Mercy Services, there will be tea at St.

Joseph’s Hall. All are welcome. )

How to attend Holy Mass

“The Holy Mass is a prayer itself, even the
highest prayer that exists. It is the sacrifice,

dedicated by our Redeemer at the Cross, and

repeated every day on the altar. If you wish to

hear Mass, as it should be heard, you must

follow with eye, heart, and mouth all that

happens at the altar. Further, you must pray

with the Priest the holy words said by him in the

Name of Christ and which Christ says by him.

You have to associate your heart with the holy

feelings which are contained in these words, and

in this manner you ought to follow all that

happens at the altar. When acting in this way,
you have prayed Holy Mass.”

Sister Lucia in her book, “Calls from Fatima,”

wrote of Blessed Pius IX’s testimony on his

deathbed: “On his death bed, he said to those
around him: ‘The Rosary is a compendium of the

Gospel, and gives to those who pray it those

rivers of peace of which the Scriptures speak; it

is the most beautiful devotion, the most

abundant in grace, and the most pleasing to the

Heart of Mary. My sons, let this be the testimony
by which you remember me on earth.’”

(February, 1878) (Recall that Blessed Pius IX

proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate
Conception of Mary by the Bull “Ineffabilis Deus”

in 1854.)