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An Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday — Video

March 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Holy Week, Liz Estler, Prayer, Triduum, Videos


An Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday Video “[He] suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell…” (Apostles’ Creed) This moving video presentation was created by Theophilus Peregrinus from An Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday, and is used here with permission. This is the Second Reading for the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday found... Read More

Friday of the Passion of the Lord: The Cross Exemplifies Every Virtue


The Cross Exemplifies Every Virtue From a conference by Saint Thomas Aquinas Collatio 6 super Credo in Deum “Why did the Son of God have to suffer for us? There was a great need, and it can be considered in a twofold way: In the first place, as a remedy for sin, And, secondly, as an example of how to act. “It is a remedy, for, in the face of all the evils which we incur on account of... Read More

A Holy Week Meditation


A Holy Week Meditation During the Monday through Wednesday liturgies of Holy Week, we listen to the three gospel passages that afford us the opportunity to meditate on the parts of Christ’s body that were “pierced for our sins” (Isaiah 53:5): his hands, his feet, and his heart. In Monday’s Gospel, we contemplate Jesus reclining at table with Lazarus whom he had raised from the dead. There... Read More

How are We Able to Hold Fast to Our Faith? He is Risen!


Alleluia! Christ is Risen! How are We Able to Hold Fast to Our Faith? He is Risen!   In the midst of our busy lives, it is easy to be overwhelmed and to feel overcome by difficult circumstance. For those who strive to pray, Christ risen from the dead allows us to taste this only in order to help us come to spiritual maturity. He himself comes to give us hope, that we might stand firm and not... Read More

Holy Saturday 2015


Holy Saturday “Jesus did not descend into hell to deliver the damned, nor to destroy the hell of damnation, but to free the just who had gone before him.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 633, referencing the Council of Rome and Pope Benedict XII)   “Holy Saturday is the day when God remains hidden, we read in an ancient Homily: ‘What has happened? Today the... Read More

To the Feet of the Crucified One

April 3, 2015 by  
Filed under En espanol, Holy Week, Liz Estler, Poetry, Triduum


To the Feet of the Crucified One (This is the translation of the original Spanish version, which follows below) White roses I’ve brought to the feet of the Savior, to those feet that have walked the road of pain He trod. Drops of blood have fallen and trickle flower to flower. The roses have been converted into a bouquet of love [a bower]! Red, very bright red and of a piercing scent; the flowers... Read More

The Gift of Love

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The Gift of Love Holy Thursday Presence of God: O Jesus, grant that I may fathom the immensity of that love which led You to give us the Eucharist. MEDITATION “Having loved His own … He loved them unto the end” (Jn 13:1-15), and in those last intimate hours spent in their midst, He wished to give them the greatest proof of His love. Those were hours of sweet intimacy, but also of... Read More

The Victory of the Cross

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Victory of the Cross Holy Saturday Presence of God – O Jesus, crucified for love of me, show me the victory won by Your death. MEDITATION As soon as Jesus expired, “the veil of the Temple was torn in two … the earth quaked, the rocks were rent. And the graves were opened, and many bodies … arose,” so that those who were present were seized with a great fear and said: “Indeed this was... Read More

The Mystery of the Cross — Good Friday

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Good Friday   The Mystery of the Cross   Presence of God – O Jesus, permit me to penetrate with You into the depths of the mystery of the Cross. MEDITATION Good Friday is the day which invites us more than any other to “enter into the thicket of the trials and pains … of the Son of God” (John of the Cross, Spiritual Canticle first redaction, 35,9), and not only with the abstract... Read More

A Holy Week Meditation

April 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Holy Week, Lent, Meditations


A prayerful reading of the Gospels readings on Monday through Wednesday of Holy Week will aid to deepen our contemplation of the Passion of Christ. The Church in her wisdom has provided these Gospel passages to prepare us to celebrate the Paschal Mystery. A close, contemplative reading of each of the three Gospel passages leading up to the Sacred Triduum will focus us on the Word Incarnate “pierced... Read More

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