Archive for February, 2017

Embracing the Cross ….

23 February, 2017

“You do not fear the Cross of Christ. Instead, you love and venerate it because it is the sign of the Redeemer who died and rose again for us. Those who believe in Jesus, crucified and risen, carry the cross in triumph as an indisputable proof that God is love. With the total gift of himself on the Cross, our Saviour decisively conquered sin and death. Therefore we joyfully proclaim: “Glory and praise to you, O Christ, who has redeemed the world by your Cross.” Saint John Paul II, Homily, 24th March 2002

“On the Cross, Jesus died for each one of us. The Cross, therefore, is the greatest and most eloquent sign of his merciful love, the one sign of salvation for every generation and for all humanity.” Saint John Paul II, Homily, 4th April 2004

“Of course the message that the Cross communicates is not easy to understand in our day and age in which material well being and conveniences are offered and sought as priority values. But you, dear young people, do not be afraid to proclaim the Gospel of the Cross in every circumstance. Do not be afraid to swim against the tide.” Saint John Paul II, Homily, 4th April 2004

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Mass of the Solemn Commemoration of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ

22 February, 2017

From the Sacramentary of the Congregation of the Passion

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Solemn Commemoration of the Passion

22 February, 2017

Friday, 24 February 2017, is the Solemn Commemoration of the Passion. It is the patronal feast of our Passionist Congregation remembered on the Friday before Ash Wednesday. As part of this special remembrance in preparation for the sacred journey of Lent, you are invite you to join the Passionists in prayer on Friday.

This feast, which was instituted by St. Paul of the Cross, is a joyful celebration of the mystery of Good Friday focusing on the Passion as “the most overwhelming sign of God’s love” (St. Paul of the Cross).

Passionist Bishop Vincent Strambi writes, “Happy is the person who reflects on the life giving passion of our Lord. He will be humble, trustful, thankful and loving towards Jesus who is our justice, our sanctification and our redemption” . [From the book ‘The Treasures Which We Have in Jesus Christ,’ Volume III, p. 14.]

May the Passion of Jesus be always in our hearts!

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