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Palm/Passion Sunday

March 25, 2018


Blessed Palm Sunday!

We are entering into the most holy days of the Church year,
intensifying our preparation to unite ourselves with Jesus in His Passion and death
as He leads us through tragedy into triumph.
You will notice that we do not celebrate any saints this week or next.
Nothing may interrupt these high holy days.

The palms we receive today are blessed–they’re sacramentals (sources of grace)
that are intended to remind us of Jesus’ victory over sin and death
(palms have long been symbols of victory).
That means they must be treated with reverence.
One common practise is to make crosses of them
and tuck these crosses behind holy pictures or crucifixes hanging in your home.
Instructions for making simple palm crosses can be found here or here.
If you need to dispose of old palms (or scraps from making palm crosses),
they should be reverently burned or buried in a place that will not be disturbed–
not thrown away (this is true of all blessed items of devotion).

+Mark 11:1-10 or John 12:12-16 (Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem)
Isaiah 50:4-7 (God’s noble servant is not deterred by suffering and insult)
Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24 “My God, my God, why have You abandoned me?”
Philippians 2:6-11 (because Jesus emptied Himself, God has exalted Him)
+Mark 14:1-15:47 (Jesus’ Passion and death)

this King has bent
His ear
to hear
the Voice
to which
the rest of us
and to my weariness
He brings
the costly Word
that quickens me.

What happens to my enthusiasm for Jesus when the tide turns against Him?
What provokes me to rebel?


First Saturday of Passiontide (March 24)

March 24, 2018


Blessed Saturday!

Ezekiel 37:21-28 (God will unite His people in holiness)
Jeremiah 31:10-13 (The Lord will guard us, like a shepherd guarding his flock)
+John 11:45-57 (it is better for one man to die for the people)

The reunification
of the nation
was beyond
the ken of men
God introduced
a legacy
to integrate
generous humility
that brought
the heathens

Do I draw upon divine power in building and rebuilding relationships?
Do I lay down my life for the sake of reconciliation, in imitation of Jesus?

First Friday of Passiontide (St. Turibius of Mogrovejo)

March 23, 2018


Blessed St. Turibius of Mogrovejo ‘s Day!


You can find his story here.

2 Timothy 1:13-14; 2:1-3 (Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus)
Psalm 96:1-3, 7-8, 10 “Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations”
+Matthew 9:35-38 (Ask the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers)

I will not
as “normal”
the condition
of a world
beset by sin;
souls tossed
and troubled,
from within.

My norm
is Heaven
souls exalted,
and even

This is
the will
of God–
for which
He died.

Dare I do less?

Have I allowed sound doctrine to build up my own soul?
Does my heart burn with Jesus’ compassion for shepherd-less souls?

First Thursday of Passiontide

March 22, 2018


Blessed Thursday!

Genesis 17:3-9 (God establishes His covenant with Abram and changes his name to Abraham)
Psalm 105:4-9 “The Lord remembers His covenant forever”
+John 8:51-59 (Abraham rejoiced to see Jesus’ day)

Death does not
have a claim
on me
when I’ve been
by Abraham,
as part of
the fulfillment
of God’s promises
to him.

Would Abraham recognize in me a “chip off the old block”?
Do I keep my end of the covenant?

First Wednesday of Passiontide

March 21, 2018


Blessed Wednesday!

Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95 (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace)
Daniel 3:52-56 “Glory and praise forever!”
+ John 8:31-42 (we are slaves of sin, but Jesus has come to set us free)

I cannot be
by anything
if I have been
set free
by Christ;
free to
lay down my life
to vanquish sin.

How free am I?
For what price do I sell my soul?

First Tuesday of Passiontide

March 20, 2018


Blessed Tuesday!

Numbers 21:4-9 (the bronze serpent)
Psalm 102:2-3, 16-21 “O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to You”
+John 8:21-30 (we must believe in Jesus to be saved)

When I
lift up
the Son of Man
I realize
the Son of God,
Who knows my sins
and could condemn,
yet bids me
my old “belonging”,
lift my heart,
and cleave to Him.

To whom or what do I belong?
Is Jesus “lifted up” in my life?

First Monday of Passiontide (St. Joseph)

March 19, 2018


Blessed Solemnity of St. Joseph!

We have a feast in the midst of our Lenten fast!
Solemnities have the same rank as Sundays,
so if you’re celebrating your “little Easter” every Sunday
by enjoying some of the things you’ve given up,
you get yet another day of enjoyment thanks to St. Joseph.

2 Samuel 7:4-5, 12-14, 16 (David’s throne will endure forever)
Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29 “Save me, O Lord, in your steadfast love”
Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22 (Abraham is the father of all who have his faith)
+Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24 (Joseph obeys the angel, taking Mary into his home)
or +Luke 2:41-51 (the finding of Jesus in the temple)

He left
His Father’s House
not satisfied
with leaving
Heaven’s glory.

Even earth’s foreshadowing
of Heaven
must be left behind,

His life
for thirty years
beneath St. Joseph’s
humble fathering.

How deeply have I laid the foundation of my life?
What can I learn from God’s patience in taking thousands of years for the fulfillment of His Plan?

St. Joseph, Pray For Us!

Litany of St. Joseph

Lord, have mercy.
R/ Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.
R/ Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.
R/ Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, hear us.
R/ Jesus, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven,
R/ have mercy on us.

God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,
R/ have mercy on us.

God, the Holy Spirit,
R/ have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, One God,
R/ have mercy on us.

(Response for each of the following invocations: pray for us)

Holy Mary,
St. Joseph,
Renowned offspring of David,
Light of Patriarchs,
Spouse of the Mother of God,
Chaste guardian of the Virgin,
Foster father of the Son of God,
Diligent protector of Christ,
Head of the Holy Family,
Joseph most just,
Joseph most chaste,
Joseph most prudent,
Joseph most strong,
Joseph most obedient,
Joseph most faithful,
Mirror of patience,
Lover of poverty,
Model of artisans,
Glory of home life,
Guardian of virgins,
Pillar of families,
Solace of the wretched,
Hope of the sick,
Patron of the dying,
Terror of demons,
Protector of Holy Church,

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
R/ spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
R/ graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world.
R/ have mercy on us.

He made him the lord of His household.
R/ And prince over all His possessions.

Let us pray. O God, in Your ineffable providence You were pleased to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Your most holy Mother; grant, we beg You, that we may be worthy to have him for our intercessor in Heaven whom on earth we venerate as our Protector: You who live and reign forever and ever.
R/ Amen.

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