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An Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday — Video

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

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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 in the Liturgy of the Hours... Read More

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

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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 our sins, we have found relief... Read More

The Lamb that was Slain

March 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Holy Week, Triduum

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The Lamb that was Slain* The lamb that was slain has delivered us from death and given us life There was much proclaimed by the prophets about the mystery of the Passover: that mystery is Christ, and to him be glory for ever and ever. Amen. For the sake of suffering humanity he came down from heaven to earth, clothed himself in that humanity in the Virgin’s womb, and was born a man. Having then a body capable of suffering, he... Read More

Contemplating the Lord’s Passion

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Contemplating the Lord’s Passion* True reverence for the Lord’s passion means fixing the eyes of our heart on Jesus crucified and recognizing in him our own humanity. The earth — our earthly nature — should tremble at the suffering of its Redeemer. The rocks — the hearts of unbelievers — should burst asunder. The dead, imprisoned in the tombs of their mortality, should come forth, the massive stones now ripped apart.... Read More

The Perfection of Brotherly Love

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The Perfection of Brotherly Love The perfection of brotherly love lies in the love of one’s enemies. We can find no greater inspiration for this than grateful remembrance of the wonderful patience of Christ. He who is more fair than all the sons of men offered his fair face to be spat upon by sinful men; he allowed those eyes that rule the universe to be blindfolded by wicked men; he bared his back to the scourges; he submitted... Read More

A Holy Week Meditation

March 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Holy Week, Lent, Meditations: Seasonal

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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 was obvious jubilation at this... Read More

Passion Sunday

Passion Sunday   Today we begin the celebration of Holy Week.  We will journey spiritually with Jesus and walk along with Him from His entry into Jerusalem through the mystery of His Passion and Death and, ultimately, to His glorious Resurrection.  If we die with Him we shall also live with Him (cf Romans 6:8). The blessed sacramental palms we receive help focus our attention on this journey. Besides also being referred... Read More

Palm (Passion) Sunday: 9 Things to Know and Share

March 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Holy Week, Passiontide

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Palm (Passion) Sunday: 9 Things to Know and Share* Why is Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem so important? What’s going on here?   Palm Sunday–or is it Passion Sunday?–marks the beginning of Holy Week. This day commemorates not one but two very significant events in the life of Christ. Here are 9 things you need to know: 1. What is this day called? The day is called both “Palm Sunday” and “Passion... Read More

Holy Saturday 2015

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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 earth is shrouded in deep silence,... Read More

To the Feet of the Crucified One

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

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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 have not understood the... Read More

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