Dear Parishioner,

In spite of the fact that we are unable to come together
as a community to worship, I hope you have a very
blessed and grace-filled Holy Week! For your personal
reflection, I would like to invite you to meditate on the
following points during Holy Week this year:
Palm Sunday
o Jesus’ riding into Jerusalem on a donkey is the
fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9-10
o Riding a donkey is symbolic of meekness and
peacefulness which contrasts the dominion of
all other monarchs
o The fact that Jesus rode into Jerusalem this way
was basically a declaration that He was the King
of Israel, which angered the Sanhedrin
o The proclamation “Hosanna” literally means
“Help/save, I pray” or “Save us”, but its usage at
the time Jesus entered Jerusalem was liturgical
and basically meant “Hail!”
o The proclamation “Blessed is He who comes in
the name of the Lord!” actually comes from
Psalm 118:26, which is the last of the “Hallel”
psalms. Hallel psalms were psalms that were
sung at Israel’s great feasts-Passover, Weeks,
and Booths
o Palms are highly symbolic.
o First, they were used along with three
other plant branches in the Jewish
celebration of the Feast of Booths,
which celebrated the abundance of
food provided by God.
o Second, in ancient Greco-Roman
culture, palms symbolized
triumph/victory and the peace that
comes after it.
o Third, in ancient Egyptian religion, the
palm was carried in funeral processions
and represented eternal life.
o There are four accounts of Jesus’ suffering and
death which each provide us with their own
unique lessons and insights. So it is important
to read and meditate on each of them. The
accounts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are on a
3 year cycle. St. John’s account is read each
year on Good Friday.
Holy Thursday
o We commemorate the Last Supper and the
Institution of the Eucharist on Holy Thursday
o We commemorate the institution of the
ministerial priesthood on Holy Thursday, which
is traditionally believed to have been
established when Christ washed the feet of His
disciples
o The celebration of the Eucharist is the ritual “representing”
in the present moment of Jesus’
suffering, death, and resurrection
o The main focus of a priest’s ministry is to
celebrate Mass, which is really to offer the Holy
Sacrifice of the Mass in order to draw down
God’s grace to bring to those who receive Holy
Communion the gift of eternal life
o Processions with the Blessed Sacrament/the
Eucharist has traditionally been a powerful
spiritual practice in the Catholic faith that, apart
from Holy Thursday, has unfortunately been
mostly forgotten
Good Friday
o You and I (not just people who lived 2000 years
ago) are the ones who killed Jesus. Our sins are
really what put Him on the cross. Is it possible
to be more grateful?

 

Holy Mary, health of the sick, pray for us!
Saint Corona, pray for us!
Saint Sebastian, pray for us!
Saint Roch, pray for us! Amen.

In Him, Fr. D