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Holy Week

Clergy Corner by Fr. David A. Runnion for March 20, 2016

Clergy Corner for March 20, 2016, Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9,17-20,23-24; Philippians 2:6-11; Luke 22:14-23:56

Holy Week begins today, the most solemn week of the year.

The purpose of Holy Week is the remembrance of Christ's Passion, beginning with His Messianic entrance into Jerusalem on this Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord.

The Mass of Chrism on Tuesday will be concelebrated by Bishop Guglielmone with his clergy in the Cathedral in Charleston. At that Mass, the three holy oils (the Oil of Catechumens, the Oil of the Sick, and the Sacred Chrism) will be blessed, then brought to all the parishes for sacramental use throughout the year.

The Easter Triduum of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the culmination of the entire liturgical year. Christ redeemed us and gave perfect glory to God the Father principally through His Paschal Mystery: Dying He destroyed our death. Rising He restored our life.

The Triduum begins with the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday.

On Good Friday of the Lord's Passion, we will celebrate the Lord's Passion, by venerating the Holy Cross on which our Savior redeemed the world.

Good Friday, March 25, is a day of fasting and abstinence, which should be continued, if possible, on Holy Saturday.

The Triduum reaches its high point in the Great Easter Vigil, beginning at 8:30 pm this year, when we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord!

Let us enter into the spirit of this Holy Week, participating as fully as possible in the liturgies, and uniting our sufferings with Christ's Passion.

For what He has done for us, our response to Christ should consist of:

  • Faith in Him as our Redeemer ("Jesus, I trust in You");
  • Utmost gratitude for His gift of Himself on the Cross ("Thank You, Lord, for dying for me");
  • Adoration ("We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because, by Your holy Cross, You have redeemed the world"); and
  • A living relationship-with-Christ that dominates our life ("I love you, Lord, and give myself wholly to You").

May our focus during this Holy Week on the Passion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ draw us ever more deeply into loving union with Him.

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