Passion Sunday

Obsessed with the Passion of Christ?

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This post on the passion of Jesus was originally written as a commentary on the scripture readings for Palm Sunday but makes for a great read anytime during the Lenten Season, especially Holy Week.   The suffering and death of  Christ reveals the depths of sin and the intensity of divine love. The Mass readings for Passion (Pal) Sunday (Year […]

Passion Sunday — Palm Sunday

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Passion Sunday — The Sunday before Easter, Palm Sunday, is observed by virtually all Christians. But for the Roman Catholic Church, it is also Passion Sunday during which all stand for readings and meditations from the passion account. The feast has a bittersweet taste. Though it celebrates the King’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem amidst hosannas, the parade leads straight to […]

Four Ways to Finish Lent Well

"Christ on the Cross" (detail) by Velazquez

As we near the end of Lent, it’s a good time to stop and assess how we have done thus far.  Before the revision of the Roman Missal in 1970, this coming Sunday, the Fifth Sunday of Lent, was referred to as “Passion Sunday” and marked the beginning of Passiontide.  In his incredible fifteen-volume work on the liturgy, Dom Gueranger […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Francis

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“Crowd, celebration, praise, blessing, peace: it is a climate of joy that is being experienced. Jesus has reawakened many hopes of the heart, above all in the humble people, the simple, poor, forgotten, those who do not count in the eyes of the world. He understood human misery, he manifested the face of God’s mercy and deigned to heal the […]

The Passion of the Lord

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Catholics seem preoccupied with the sufferings of Christ—the Crucifix, the sorrowful Mysteries, the Stations of the Cross.  As if all this were not enough, Catholics must stand at attention one Sunday each year as they listen to the entire passion narrative read aloud. Careful, repeated meditation on the Passion of Christ is important because the Passion is the climax of […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Francis

Pope Francis (neneo / Shutterstock.com)

“Crowd, celebration, praise, blessing, peace: it is a climate of joy that is being experienced. Jesus has reawakened many hopes of the heart, above all in the humble people, the simple, poor, forgotten, those who do not count in the eyes of the world. He understood human misery, he manifested the face of God’s mercy and deigned to heal the […]

Encountering the Word — Mark 11:9-10

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A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture And those who went before and those who followed cried out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is coming! Hosanna in the highest!” (Mark 11:9-10) Print this entry

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

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We now come to the Sunday with a split personality. It starts with an upbeat gospel recounting Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It is a festive affair, complete with a parade route strewn with palm branches instead of ticker tape. But we quickly progress to the stark reading of Jesus’ passion, bearable only because we already know its happy ending. […]

The Victory of Humility

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Editor’s Note: Reflection on the Mass readings for Passion (Palm) Sunday (Year ABC) – Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalms 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-; Philippians 2:6-11; Matthew 26:14–27:66 or 27:11-54. This series appears each Wednesday. Palm Sunday When a conquering hero of the ancient world rode into town in triumph, it was in a regal chariot or on the back of a stately stallion. […]