Message from Father Maurer
Hosanna to the Son of David, the King of Israel. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. Matthew 21:9
Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel. Hosanna in the highest.
Today we enter into the crucible of Holy Week. Our Mass this morning starts with jubilation at the entrance of Christ into Jerusalem and concludes somberly in reflection at His death.
Holy Week holds a prime place in the liturgical year. Christ’s purpose in being born like us at Christmas and in living a life like ours in all things but sin is made clear in His Passion, Death and Resurrection.
It would be easy to let this week pass by without notice. We all have things to do, especially in anticipation of the coming Easter celebration. Whether it’s the joy of the family feast, the fun of children looking for eggs or the delight of enjoying treats we’ve denied ourselves for 40 days, there are many good things coming our way. But we ought not jump ahead just yet.
Join the entire Church in reflecting first on Christ’s Passion on Holy Thursday, first in His institution of the Eucharist, commission of the Apostles to ‘do this in commemoration of Me’ and leading them in an example of service as He wash- es their feet.
Come to consider the crucifixion as we make our final day of fasting & abstinence on Good Friday. Notice how we prostrate ourselves before the altar—stripped bare of veils, candles or flowers. Be one of the many who will reverence the cross, the sign of Christ’s sacrifice for our salvation.
Only on the third day of the Sacred Triduum, at the Easter Vigil, will we be ready to celebrate. And what a celebration it will be! A blessed fire at the doors of the church, a candlelit entrance around the Easter candle, the nine readings of the history of salvation, the baptism & confirmation of our elect and the joyful reception of communion on this solemn feast day!
Whether you are able to come to all of the Triduum services or just a few, may we together enter these last days with consideration & care. Know that you will especially be in my prayers throughout!