And those who went in front and those who followed were all shouting, ‘Hosanna! Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessings on the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest heavens!’ Mark Chapter 11
Image of a late 15th century altarpiece by Bernhard Strigel, Walters Art Museum Baltimore.
You can just see a picture of the Last Supper in the top right-hand corner.
Canon Paul writes:
Our Mass today begins with the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to celebrate his Passover and our ‘passing over’ into eternal life. We then process with him singing “Hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” waving our palm branches.
The celebration of Palm Sunday begins Holy Week during which we celebrate Christ’s ‘Passover’ or, as the liturgy describes it, the ‘Paschal Mystery’. The Paschal Mystery is the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus which is at the heart of our worship and prayer and which is truly present to us in the celebration of the Mass.
We celebrate the Paschal Mystery as a single act of worship in the Sacred Paschal Triduum which is the highpoint of the Church’s year. This begins on Holy Thursday at 7.30pm with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. It continues into the fasting and abstinence of Good Friday and the celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3.00pm. The silence and prayer of Good Friday evening and Holy Saturday bring the Triduum to its glorious completion as Jesus is proclaimed the light of the world and the risen one at the Easter Vigil. Only then do we renew our baptismal commitment and welcome those who will be received into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church and those to be confirmed. Please do all you can to come together for the whole celebration of the Sacred Triduum.
Don’t forget the PENITENTIAL LITURGY on
Monday 30th March at 7.30pm in St. Peter’s
All the Holy Week services are listed below – click on the image to enlarge it.
Saint of the Week – St Teresa of Avila
500th Anniversary of her birth Saturday 28th March
Teresa lived in an age of exploration as well as political, social and religious upheaval. It was the 16th century, a time of turmoil and reform. She was born before the Protestant Reformation and died almost 20 years after the closing of the Council of Trent.
The gift of God to Teresa in and through which she became holy and left her mark on the Church and the world is threefold: She was a woman; she was a contemplative; she was an active reformer.
As a woman, Teresa stood on her own two feet, even in the man’s world of her time. She was “her own woman,” entering the Carmelites despite strong opposition from her father. She is a person wrapped not so much in silence as in mystery. Beautiful, talented, outgoing, adaptable, affectionate, courageous, enthusiastic, she was totally human. Like Jesus, she was a mystery of paradoxes: wise, yet practical; intelligent, yet much in tune with her experience; a mystic, yet an energetic reformer.
Her ongoing conversion was an arduous lifelong struggle, involving ongoing suffering. She was misunderstood, misjudged, opposed in her efforts at reform. And in the midst of all this she clung to God in life and in prayer. Her writings on prayer and contemplation are drawn from her experience: powerful, practical and graceful.
Though a contemplative, she spent much of her time and energy seeking to reform herself and the Carmelites, to lead them back to the full observance of the primitive Rule. She travelled, wrote, fought—always to renew, to reform. In her self, in her prayer, in her life, in her efforts to reform, in all the people she touched, she was a woman for others, a woman who inspired and gave life.
Her writings, especially the Way of Perfection and The Interior Castle, have helped generations of believers. Teresa knew well the continued presence and value of suffering (physical illness, opposition to reform, difficulties in prayer), but she grew to be able to embrace suffering, even desire it: “Lord, either to suffer or to die.” Toward the end of her life she exclaimed: “Oh, my Lord! How true it is that whoever works for you is paid in troubles! And what a precious price to those who love you if we understand its value.”
In 1970, the Church gave her the title: Doctor of the Church. She and St. Catherine of Siena were the first women so honoured.
Part of the feedback from last year’s planned giving campaign was that Parishioners wanted to know more about Parish finance. So the details of the 2014 annual accounts are available in church on paper, and here on the website, along with an explanatory letter from Canon Paul.