Well, we have about a week-and-a-half to go to Easter.
Whether it’s gone by fast for you … or dragged on and on … we’re coming down the home stretch.
Up to this point we’ve been inwardly focused … with prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
But now our attention turns to Jesus Christ. Beginning with Palm Sunday and next week with the Triduum we will join in solidarity with our Lord.
There are specific prayers and services in the church to help us follow the Lord’s path.
We’ll experience His passion … suffering the betrayal, humiliation, scourging, and ultimate crucifixion.
To help guide us, this week’s Genuflect covers the various aspects of Palm Sunday and Holy Week. What the palms really mean and what to do with them. The origins of the Triduum, what it entails, and how to get the most out of it.
So we can all spend the next ten days deepening our relationship with Jesus in preparation for celebrating His triumphant resurrection.
The day that commemorates not one but two very significant events in the life of Christ.
Our Lenten journey has been mainly hidden. We’ve been meditating, praying, doing works of mercy in secret, fasting in our own ways — trying, failing, trying again. Now it’s time to act, to take up palms and go out, as the people who welcomed Jesus did. Here’s what the palm branches really mean.
After leaving church Sunday, you may come home with several long palm branches from the celebration of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. You may be asking yourself, “Well, what should I do with these?” Whatever you do, don’t throw them away! Here’s why not and what you can do with them.
Palm Sunday brings out the crafter in every Catholic. It seems that everyone has something different to do with them. Here ar 10 different things you can do with your palms you get at Palm Sunday Mass.
Observing Lent can alter our perceptions. How we view the world can be greatly transformed. So, while there’s still some of Lent left, all is not lost. Fortunately, this Lent, we still have time if we take it now. So, here are four ways Lent can change you.
The key venue for the early celebration of Holy Week was in the city of Jerusalem, and the earliest record we have of this celebration is a fourth-century travel diary kept by a European woman whose name, Egeria, is known by all liturgical scholars and their graduate students. She had been part of a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in the year 383. Here’s what we know.
The Triduum (TRIH-du-um) is the time of the Church year when we celebrate the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s somewhat like a three-day prayer marathon, and if you are a novice there may be some rituals that are unfamiliar to you. This guide will help you walk and pray through the liturgies of the Triduum.
As the saying goes, “no cross, no crown.” And so, Christian believers are summoned in the Passiontide, the last two weeks before Easter, to begin their contemplation of the Lord’s via dolorosa. As a help to us in this spiritual work, the Church recommends certain external observances. Each of these customs, while optional in many places, are proposed as a means to make Passiontide more visible.
Is your Lent stalling a bit in these final days? A sloppy fasting day, a forgotten sacrifice, or a moment of oh-well-no-big-deal with a later hangover of regret, can leave us feeling guilty. Or like that halo is passing us by. Regardless, there’s still enough Lent remaining to shift into higher gear. Here are 20 tips to help.
If you’re looking for something extra during these last two weeks of the Lenten season, here’s a suggestion: Take up the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary. And if you’re wondering “What is ‘the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary?’” then there’s no better time to find out than during the remaining days of this penitential season.
As Holy Week approaches, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving as Lenten practices become a steady spiritual rhythm for Catholics and Catechumens preparing for the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection. With Easter just around the corner, the Catholic obligation related to Easter—one’s Easter Duty—again rises up over the horizon. Read all about it.
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