Sunday, April 17, 2011

Hosanna!


"Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest" (Matthew 21:9).

When the people of Jerusalem used the word "hosanna," they were using an ancient Hebrew shout of elation that meant "Pray, save us."

With these words the Church enters the holiest of weeks,  remembering the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ. 


Holy Week is the culmination of the liturgical year. 

It begins with Palm Sunday, as we carry palms in remembrance of Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem.  Next, we listen to the Passion according to Matthew and witness how Christ was handed over for crucifixion.

On Holy Thursday we remember the night Jesus was handed over.  It was the night that He established the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist - when He would live among us forever.

With Good Friday, we reflect and touch upon the mystery of Christ's cross.  It was the piece of wood that would become the tree of life. 

Easter Vigil is when we light the paschal candle and rejoice in how light had triumphed over darkness; life triumphs over death.  This is the night that the catechumens for whom the Church has prayed throughout Lent come to share in the glory of His resurrection. 

The holy days are an invitation to participate in Christ's life!


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This Holy Week, my family will be participating, as much as possible, in the reflections, meditations, and liturgies of our parish.

We will be keeping our life very simple and trying to keep our hearts and minds as close to our Savior as possible.

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Before I sign off for the week, I wanted to share these two beautiful Easter books that capture the story of Christ's passion, death, and glorious resurrection.


 
The book on the left, The Easter Story, is another new one for us this year.  Both books came recommend through Catholic Mosaic.


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Looking forward to the joy of Easter and wishing you abundant blessings of that season!

Until then, may your Holy Week be faithfilled and fruitful!

~ Patty ~

4 comments:

  1. The readings during Palm Sunday always choke me up.
    Have a very blessed week!

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  2. Have a blessed Holy Week. thanks for the book list.

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  3. Have a wonderful easter with your wonderful family :-)
    xxxCate

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