Archive for April 12th, 2014

Passionist International Bulletin

12 April, 2014

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Passionist International Bulletin April 2014 [pdf]

“May you always know how to exercise authority by accompanying, understanding, helping and loving; by embracing every man and every woman, especially people who feel alone, excluded, barren, on the existential margins of the human heart. Let us keep our gaze fixed on the Cross: there is found any authority in the Church, where the One who is the Lord becomes a servant to the point of the total gift of himself”.

[Pope Francis to Union of Superiors General, quoted in the Passionist International Bulletin, April 2014, p.6]

Humble and riding on a donkey …

12 April, 2014

UnknownHumble and riding on a donkey, we greet you. Acclaimed by the crowds and carolled by children, we cheer you. Moving from the peace of the countryside to the corridors of power, we salute you, Christ our Lord. You are giving the beasts of burden a new dignity; you are giving majesty a new face; you are giving those who long for redemption a new song to sing. With them, with heart and voice, we shout ‘Hosanna!”

[Stages on the Way: Worship Resources for Lent, Holy Week and Easter, p. 77]

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

12 April, 2014

palm-sunday

Six days before the Passover, when the Lord came into the city of Jerusalem, the children ran to meet him; in their hands they carried palm branches and with a loud voice they cried out: “Hosanna in the highest! Blessed are you, who have come in your abundant mercy!”

REFLECTION

We enter into Holy Week, the Great Week of the Liturgical Year, with the procession of palms. In ancient times, this Sunday was called “the flowering Pasch,” a rightful suggestion that this is not a pageant or a folkloric restaging of what is described in the gospel but an anticipation of what we will celebrate in the days ahead, and especially in the Triduum, the three day feast of Christ’s Pasch: his Passover through death into the life which he shares with all those who die and rise with him. The palms or branches that we wave, the “Hosannas” that we sing are symbols of Christ’s victory, of the sap that flows through the wood of the Cross to flower in us, the branches grafted onto him.

[Building the Rock, Vera A. Holyhead, p. 44]