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  • Divine Mercy Novena Begins on Good Friday

    04/09/2004 7:41:10 PM PDT · by Coleus · 88 replies · 5,024+ views
    begins on Good FridayPledge to pray ... starting this Good Friday!If you'd like to view a video message from Father Pat, just click the link above. It is best viewed with a high speed Internet connection.Divine Mercy Novena + Divine Mercy ImageClick Here to pledge to pray the Rosary on Good Friday and the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Novena that begins on Good Friday! rayer is the most powerful force in the world. Many of us are confused and discouraged by attitudes and happenings that seem beyond our control. As we strive to have more and more possessions we see...
  • Finding the Good in Good Friday

    04/03/2015 8:16:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-02-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Finding the Good in Good Friday By: Msgr. Charles PopeWhen I was younger, and through my seminary years, I had usually seen the crucifix and Jesus’ suffering on the Cross in somber tones. It was my sin that put Him there, had made Him suffer. The Cross was something that compelled a silent reverence and suggested to me that I meditate deeply on what Jesus had to go through. I would also think of Mary, John, and the other women beneath the Cross mournfully beholding Jesus as He was slowly and painfully dying. These were heavy and somber notes but...
  • The Bread of Affliction: A Meditation on What Jesus Endured at the Last Supper

    04/02/2015 8:32:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-01-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Bread of Affliction: A Meditation on What Jesus Endured at the Last Supper By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Last Supper is, strangely, a sad study in the kind of affliction the Lord had to endure from His own disciples. Of all the meals the Lord must have shared with them, this was the one that should have gone beautifully and perfectly; it did not. From one moment to the next the blows just got worse. There were inept responses, distractions, bullheaded debates, and rebukes directed against Jesus … and then of course betrayal. It was nothing short of a disaster. The...
  • Spy Wednesday and a Reflection on the Sins of the Clergy

    04/01/2015 7:50:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 223 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-31-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Spy Wednesday and a Reflection on the Sins of the Clergy By: Msgr. Charles PopeWednesday of Holy Week is traditionally called “Spy Wednesday,” since it was on this day that Judas conspired with the Temple leadership to hand Jesus over. He would not accomplish his task until the evening of the next day, but this day he made the arrangements and was paid.One way to reflect on this terrible sin is to consider that Judas was among the first priests called by Jesus. We see in the call of the Apostles the establishment of the ministerial priesthood. Jesus called these men to...
  • "Eloi, Eloi, Lema Sabachthani?" (Sermon for Good Friday, on Isaiah 52-53; Psalm 22; Mark 15)

    04/03/2015 9:15:23 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 3, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Eloi, Eloi, Lema Sabachthani? (Isaiah 52:13 53:12; Psalm 22; Mark 15:1-47)Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani? This is one of the seven words from the cross, that is, one of the seven times Jesus spoke during his crucifixion. Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani? This saying of Jesus is recorded for us in two of the four gospels, in Matthew and Mark, where it is the only word from the cross that is recorded. For the other words from the cross, we have to go to Luke and John. Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani? I think what is so striking about this word from...
  • The rights made-up God: How bigots invented a white supremacist Jesus (The masks are coming off)

    04/03/2015 1:43:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Salon ^ | April 1, 2015 | Professor Brittney Cooper
    As Indiana peddles its "religious freedom" garbage, it's time to call the religious right's trash what it really is. Just in time for Holy Week, the State of Indiana has passed a new Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The law explicitly permits for-profit corporations from practicing the free exercise of religion and it allows them to use the exercise of religion as a defense against any lawsuits whether from the government or from private entities. The primary narrative against this law has been about the potential ways that small businesses owned by Christians could invoke it as a defense against having...
  • "Blood of the Covenant" (Sermon for Holy Thursday, on Exodus 24; 1 Corinthians 10; Mark 14)

    04/02/2015 7:56:40 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 2, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Blood of the Covenant (Exodus 24:3-11; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; Mark 14:12-26)Blood and covenant go together in the Bible pretty much all the time. Whenever God establishes a covenant with people, generally it is sealed with blood. And tonight is no exception. In fact, tonight is the culmination of this connection between blood and covenant. Its Holy Thursday, the night in which our Lord Jesus Christ establishes a covenant with us and says, This is my Blood of the Covenant. I suppose we should start by explaining what this word covenant means, biblically speaking. In the Bible, a covenant is a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-02-15, Holy Thursday - Evening Mass of the Lords Supper

    04/01/2015 8:04:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-02-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 2, 2015Holy Thursday - Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper    Reading 1 Ex 12:1-8, 11-14 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall stand at the head of your calendar; you shall reckon it the first month of the year.Tell the whole community of Israel: On the tenth of this month every one of your familiesmust procure for itself a lamb, one apiece for each household.If a family is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join the nearest household in procuring one and shall share in the lamb...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-02-15, Holy Thursday - Chrism Mass

    04/01/2015 7:58:09 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-02-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 2, 2015Holy Thursday - Chrism Mass    Reading 1 Is 61:1-3a, 6a, 8b-9 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,because the LORD has anointed me;He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly,to heal the brokenhearted,To proclaim liberty to the captivesand release to the prisoners,To announce a year of favor from the LORDand a day of vindication by our God,to comfort all who mourn;To place on those who mourn in Ziona diadem instead of ashes,To give them oil of gladness in place of mourning,a glorious mantle instead of a listless spirit. You yourselves shall...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-01-15

    03/31/2015 7:59:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-01-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 1, 2015Wednesday of Holy Week    Reading 1 Is 50:4-9a The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue,That I might know how to speak to the wearya word that will rouse them.Morning after morninghe opens my ear that I may hear;And I have not rebelled,have not turned back.I gave my back to those who beat me,my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;My face I did not shieldfrom buffets and spitting. The Lord GOD is my help,therefore I am not disgraced;I have set my face like flint,knowing that I shall not be put to shame.He is near...
  • Is John 6:66 Evidence of Transubstantiation?

    03/31/2015 2:42:14 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 217 replies
    In Plain Sight ^ | March 31,2015 | Jason Engwer
    If priests indeed have the exclusive power to change finite bread and wine into the body and blood of the infinite Christ, and, if indeed, consuming His body and blood is necessary for salvation, then the whole world must become Catholic to escape the wrath of God. On the other hand, if Jesus was speaking in figurative language, then this teaching becomes the most blasphemous and deceptive hoax any religion could impose on its people. There is no middle ground. (Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood. by Mike Gendron)There is no indication in the biblical accounts of the Last...
  • "My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?"

    03/31/2015 2:13:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 297 replies
    iv class="resource full"> “My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?” from Joel Beeke Mar 30, 2015 Category: Articles “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”(Matt. 27:46, KJV). It is noon, and Jesus has been on the cross for three pain-filled hours. Suddenly, darkness falls on Calvary and “over all the land” (v. 45). By a miraculous act of Almighty God, midday becomes midnight.This supernatural darkness is a symbol of God’s judgment on sin. The physical darkness signals a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-31-15

    03/30/2015 7:28:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-31*15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 31, 2015    Tuesday of Holy Week    Reading 1 Is 49:1-6 Hear me, O islands,listen, O distant peoples.The LORD called me from birth,from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.He made of me a sharp-edged swordand concealed me in the shadow of his arm.He made me a polished arrow,in his quiver he hid me.You are my servant, he said to me,Israel, through whom I show my glory. Though I thought I had toiled in vain,and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,Yet my reward is with the LORD,my recompense is with my God.For now the LORD has spokenwho...
  • Spend This Week With Jesus A Daily Chronology of Jesus Last Week

    03/30/2015 7:45:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-29-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Spend This Week With Jesus – A Daily Chronology of Jesus’ “Last” Week By: Msgr. Charles PopeAt the heart of our faith is the Paschal mystery: the Passion, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. All of salvation history leads up to and goes forth from these saving events. The purpose of this post is to describe Jesus’ final week. We call this “Holy Week” because Jesus’ public ministry culminates with His suffering, death, and resurrection. What follows is a brief description of each day of Holy Week. I hope you will print out this flyer (Walking-with-Jesus-In-Holy-Week) and read it...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-30-15

    03/29/2015 7:38:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-30-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 30, 2015Monday of Holy Week    Reading 1 Is 42:1-7 Here is my servant whom I uphold,my chosen one with whom I am pleased,Upon whom I have put my Spirit;he shall bring forth justice to the nations,Not crying out, not shouting,not making his voice heard in the street.A bruised reed he shall not break,and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,Until he establishes justice on the earth;the coastlands will wait for his teaching. Thus says God, the LORD,who created the heavens and stretched them out,who spreads out the earth with its crops,Who gives breath to its peopleand spirit...
  • A Day-by-Day Guide to Jesus' Last Week

    03/29/2015 2:26:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 29, 2015 | MSGR. CHARLES POPE
    At the heart of our faith is the Paschal Mystery: the Passion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ. All of salvation history leads up to and goes forth from these saving events. The purpose of this post is to describe Jesus Final week. We call this Holy Week for Jesus public ministry culminates with his suffering, death and resurrection. What follows is a brief description of each day of Holy Week. It is hoped that you might print out the pdf flyer (Walking-with-Jesus-In-Holy-Week) and read it each day of this week. Prayerfully walk with Jesus in his most...
  • Palm Sunday: Pope Francis Praises Modern Martyrs As "Cloud Of Witnesses"

    03/29/2015 11:44:49 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    In his Palm Sunday homily, Pope Francis held up persecuted Christians as modern heroes because of their faithfulness to God even in the midst of hardships. They are the ones who follow Jesus on his path of humiliation, Francis said.
  • "But Deliver Us from Evil (Sermon for Good Friday on the Lord's Prayer and Luke 23:32-49)

    04/18/2014 10:48:34 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 18, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    But Deliver Us from Evil (The Lords Prayer; Luke 23:32-49)But Deliver Us from Evil: The seventh and final petition of the Lords Prayer. And how appropriate that we should come to this petition on this particular day, Good Friday. For the greatest evil that has ever been perpetrated on this earth is the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. I mean, really, Good Friday could just as well be called Evil Friday, that is the magnitude of the evil committed against this wholly innocent man, the most innocent man who has ever lived--indeed, the only truly innocent man to have ever...
  • "Lead Us Not into Temptation" (Sermon for Holy Thursday, on the Lord's Prayer and Luke 22:1-46)

    04/17/2014 10:57:35 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 17, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Lead Us Not into Temptation (The Lords Prayer; Luke 22:1-46) During this Lenten season weve been doing a series on the Lords Prayer called Lord, Teach Us to Pray. And thats exactly what our Lord does on this Holy Thursday evening. He teaches us to pray. Thats what he instructs us to do, thats what he gives us an example of doing, and, even more than that, he prays for us. In particular, on this night Jesus instructs his disciples to pray for strength in the face of temptation. Pray that you may not enter into temptation, Jesus tells them...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-16-14, Spy Wednesday

    04/15/2014 6:47:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-16-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 16, 2014Wednesday of Holy Week    Reading 1 Is 50:4-9a The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue,That I might know how to speak to the wearya word that will rouse them.Morning after morninghe opens my ear that I may hear;And I have not rebelled,have not turned back.I gave my back to those who beat me,my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;My face I did not shieldfrom buffets and spitting. The Lord GOD is my help,therefore I am not disgraced;I have set my face like flint,knowing that I shall not be put to shame.He is near...
  • Photograph of school children acting out the crucifixion sparks outrage as picture goes viral

    04/15/2014 4:19:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    mail online ^ | James Nye
    An image of children play-acting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at an unidentified school in Brazil for Holy Week complete with fake wounds and a crown of thorns has spread across the Internet. Wearing a loin cloth and a fake painted beard, the boy who acts as Jesus holds his two arms above his neck, to signify the last agonizing hours of Christ on the cross. Flecked across his body are red marks from his flogging at the hands of the Romans - played by two boys with mock-feathered galea helmets, who will presumably offer him fake vinegar and pretend...
  • The Final Week of Jesus' Life, a Chronology

    04/15/2014 3:53:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 290 replies
    NewTheologicalMovement.blogspot.com ^ | Mach 2012 | Father Ryan Erlenbush
    The final week of Jesus' life, a chronology Father Ryan Erlenbush Mach 2012  As the Church prepares to enter into Holy Week, we do well to consider the final week of Jesus’ life, from Friday to Friday. In a later post, we will look at the last twenty-four hours (from the Last Supper to the death of Jesus on the Cross) in greater detail.It will be helpful to review the Gospel accounts given by Sts. Mark and John, the two who offer the most explicit chronology of Holy Week. See Mark 11:1 – 15:37 and also John 11:54 –...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-15-14

    04/14/2014 9:14:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-15-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 15, 2014Tuesday of Holy Week    Reading 1 Is 49:1-6 Hear me, O islands,listen, O distant peoples.The LORD called me from birth,from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.He made of me a sharp-edged swordand concealed me in the shadow of his arm.He made me a polished arrow,in his quiver he hid me.You are my servant, he said to me,Israel, through whom I show my glory. Though I thought I had toiled in vain,and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,Yet my reward is with the LORD,my recompense is with my God.For now the LORD has spokenwho formed...
  • Holy Week Preparation

    04/14/2014 7:48:48 PM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | Apr 09, 2014 | Jennifer Gregory Miller
    Holy Week Preparation By Jennifer Gregory Miller   Apr 09, 2014 Holy Week is one of the busiest weeks of the year for our family. Preparing for Christmas, especially when we have to plan celebrations for both sides of the family and possible travel is also busy, but it never reaches the level of planning as Holy Week. I think the main difference is that we are participating in the liturgy of the Church throughout the whole Triduum, so there is less time at home to “do” things.My father was in the Carmelite seminary in his younger years and...
  • A Prescription for Life Given By Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

    04/14/2014 1:38:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 4/13/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In past years on the blog, I have generally published the schedule of the Lords final week according to the Scriptures (on the Monday of Holy Week). Since I have done this in years past, I presume most of you have seen it by now. If you havent, you can read it here: A Chronology of Jesus Holy WeekFor this year, I thought I might look at some of the moments in the Passion Narrative (this year from St. Matthew) and highlight them.The first moment occurs in the Garden of Gethsemane and presents a very good stance for Holy Week,...
  • Obama Selects First Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop to Lead Easter Prayer

    04/14/2014 9:57:36 AM PDT · by massmike · 60 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | 04/14/2014 | Andrew Kirell
    Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White Houses Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memos Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: Bishop Gene Robinson @BishopGRobinson POTUS "preaches" at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG! #privilege Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive Center for...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-14-14

    04/13/2014 9:14:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-14-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 14, 2014Monday of Holy Week    Reading 1 Is 42:1-7 Here is my servant whom I uphold,my chosen one with whom I am pleased,Upon whom I have put my Spirit;he shall bring forth justice to the nations,Not crying out, not shouting,not making his voice heard in the street.A bruised reed he shall not break,and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,Until he establishes justice on the earth;the coastlands will wait for his teaching. Thus says God, the LORD,who created the heavens and stretched them out,who spreads out the earth with its crops,Who gives breath to its peopleand spirit...
  • "Who Is This?" (Sermon for Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion, on Matthew 21:1-11; 27:11-66)

    04/13/2014 1:47:39 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 13, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Who Is This? (Matthew 21:1-11; 27:11-66) Who is this? That would seem to be the question of the day for this day that serves as both Palm Sunday and the Sunday of the Passion. Who is this? Thats what the people of Jerusalem were asking about the man who came riding into town on a donkey. Thats the question that swirled around this same man later in the week when he stood before Pilate and the crowd and when he went to the cross to suffer and to die. Who is this? Who is this man, Jesus of Nazareth, the...
  • My, My.What the Lord Had To Endure at the Last Supper! (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    04/20/2011 8:06:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 4/20/2011 | Msgr Charles Pope
    One of the consistent themes of the Four Gospels is the theme of the inept response. Most often it applies to the 12 apostles who, when taught some important point by the Lord, demonstrate, almost right away, that they dont get it all.No one place in the gospels is more thick with the inept response than at the Last Supper. It was nothing short of a disaster. The ineptitude is almost comical if it werent so sad. If ever the Lord needed his disciples attention and understanding, it was now. But to a man, they let him down. There is...
  • In times like these: Some very eerie and prophetic words spoken by Jesus on the way to the cross

    03/25/2013 3:40:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | March 25, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There is an important “logion” (utterance) of Jesus on his way to the cross that speaks powerfully to this modern age of ours, and is fulfilled in a gruesome manner in our times.It is the word of Jesus to the women who lamented him as he made his way to Crucifixion:A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him. Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children for indeed, the days are coming when people will say, ‘Blessed are the...
  • When a Curse Becomes a Blessing Only God Can Do That (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    04/19/2011 5:00:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 4/18/2011 | Msgr Charles Pope
    Here in Holy Week we ponder the events that led to Jesus death and resurrection. Among the things to ponder is a dramatic moment in the trial before Pilate when the people who were present utter a curse upon themselves. We read of it in Matthews Gospel: When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. I am innocent of this mans blood, he said. It is your responsibility! And all the people answered, His blood be on us and on our...
  • "O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken?" (Sermon for Good Friday, on Luke 23:1-56)

    03/29/2013 10:49:47 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 29, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken? (Luke 23:1-56)O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken? Short answer: None. But then why all this pain and sorrow and death on this day when Jesus is sentenced and crucified and buried? What could possibly be good about this Good Friday? The hymn we sang will lead us into the answers. O dearest Jesus, what law hast Thou broken That such sharp sentence should on Thee be spoken? Of what great crime hast Thou to make confession, What dark transgression? These, of course, are rhetorical questions. The expected answer is obviously...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-28-13, Holy Thursday: Chrism Mass

    03/27/2013 8:54:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-28-13 | Revised New American Bible
    March 28, 2013 Holy Thursday: Chrism Mass Reading 1 Is 61:1-3a, 6a, 8b-9 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,because the LORD has anointed me;He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly,to heal the brokenhearted,To proclaim liberty to the captivesand release to the prisoners,To announce a year of favor from the LORDand a day of vindication by our God,to comfort all who mourn;To place on those who mourn in Ziona diadem instead of ashes,To give them oil of gladness in place of mourning,a glorious mantle instead of a listless spirit. You yourselves shall...
  • Contemplating Gay Marriage on Holy Week

    03/26/2013 2:46:48 AM PDT · by sr4402 · 27 replies
    Self | 3/26/2013 5:40AM | Self
    Today the U.S. Supreme Court begins to decide if the people of California were wrong to decide that marriage is between a man and a woman. It also begins arguments that the people, through the Federal Government, could were wrong also. Interesting that this is beginning on Holy Week, when we remember when the Lord went to the Cross to pay for the sins of folks like us. All we, are truly going 'Astray' like sheep. In this case, in a bad way.
  • Pope Francis opens Catholics' Holy Week

    03/25/2013 3:38:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CBS.news ^ | 03-24-13 | CBS Reporters
    Pope Francis opens Catholics' Holy Week The square overflowed with some 250,000 pilgrims, tourists and Romans eager to join the new pope at the start of solemn Holy Week ceremonies, which lead up to Easter, Christianity's most important day. Keeping with his spontaneous style, the first pope from Latin America broke away several times from the text of his prepared homily to encourage the faithful to lead simple lives. Palm Sunday recalls Jesus' entry into Jerusalem but its Gospel also recounts how he was betrayed by one of his apostles and ultimately sentenced to death on a cross. Recalling...
  • "From Palms to Passion" (Sermon for Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion, on Luke 19 and 2223)

    03/25/2013 1:03:11 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 24, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    From Palms to Passion (Luke 19:28-40; 22:1 23:56)Today is a day that goes by two names. The one that were probably more familiar with is Palm Sunday. For it was on this day that Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, greeted by the cheering crowds, and the people used palm branches to welcome him. Palms to indicate victory and triumph. Palms to symbolize success and long life. And so on Palm Sunday Jesus is hailed as the messianic King of Israel, coming to Jerusalem to establish his reign: Blessed is the King who comes in the name of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-25-13, Monday of Holy Week

    03/24/2013 8:36:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-25-13 | Revised New American Bible
    March 25, 2013 Monday of Holy Week Reading 1 Is 42:1-7 Here is my servant whom I uphold,my chosen one with whom I am pleased,Upon whom I have put my Spirit;he shall bring forth justice to the nations,Not crying out, not shouting,not making his voice heard in the street.A bruised reed he shall not break,and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,Until he establishes justice on the earth;the coastlands will wait for his teaching. Thus says God, the LORD,who created the heavens and stretched them out,who spreads out the earth with its crops,Who gives breath to its...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-24-13, Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

    03/23/2013 9:17:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 66 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-24-13 | Revised New American Bible
    March 24, 2013 Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord at the procession with palms - Gospel Lk 19:28-40 Jesus proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem.As he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples.He said, Go into the village opposite you, and as you enter it you will find a colt tethered on which no one has ever sat.Untie it and bring it here.And if anyone should ask you,Why are you untying it? you will answer,The Master has need of it.So those...
  • Pope Francis Washes Prisoners' Feet on Holy Thursday

    03/22/2013 8:12:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | March 21, 2013 | Kate O'Hare
    As the Roman Catholic Church settles into its new era under its first pope named Francis, it seems the spirit of the pontiffs saintly namesake may be inspiring him to break with tradition. St. Francis of Assisi, whose association with the poor and with peace inspired the newly elected Pope Francis (formerly Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio) to take his name, not only began the practice of setting up a Nativity scene, representing the birth of Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem, but he was also the first person recorded to have developed the stigmata, wounds resembling those suffered by...
  • Following the Truth: Follow Me [into Holy Week]

    04/07/2012 1:13:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FollowingtheTruth.com ^ | Apr 1st, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Follow Me Apr 1st, 2012by Gary Zimak. As Jesus passed on from there,He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, Follow me. And he got up and followed him. (Matthew 9:9)As we head into the final 2 weeks our Spiritual Exercises retreat, I just wanted to reach out and share a few thoughts. Today, with the celebration of Palm Sunday, we enter into the holiest week of the year. Over the next five days, on my nightly radio show, well meditate on Our Lords Passion and death. As we do this, well recognize...
  • The Holy Week Hit Pieces Begin

    04/01/2012 10:15:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | April 1, 2012 | Patrick Archbold
    Every year during Holy Week the mainstream media conducts its own special ritual called the anti-Christian hit piece. The formula goes like this. Find some author who says that everything that Christians believe and hold dear is a lie. Report all his/her assertions as if they are fact without bothering to address the mountains of scholarly work over centuries that contradict his/her primary assertions. Some years it the "Real Jesus" or the "Real Mary" or the "Real Bible," but the purpose is always the same. Everything you believe is a lie. Happy Easter. This year, CNN begins the annual dance...
  • Behold! The Holy Week Treasure Map | Why I Am Catholic

    04/03/2012 7:35:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
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  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-01-12, Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

    03/31/2012 8:28:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 76 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-01-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 1, 2012 Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord At the Procession with Palms - Gospel Mk 11:1-10 When Jesus and his disciples drew near to Jerusalem,to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives,he sent two of his disciples and said to them,"Go into the village opposite you,and immediately on entering it,you will find a colt tethered on which no one has ever sat.Untie it and bring it here.If anyone should say to you,'Why are you doing this?' reply,'The Master has need of itand will send it back here at once.'"So they went offand...
  • "Who Are the April Fools? How Do You View Jesus?" (Sermon for Palm Sunday, on 1 Cor. 1:18-25)

    03/31/2012 5:28:39 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 1, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Who Are the April Fools? How Do You View Jesus? (1 Corinthians 1:18-25)Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. On the foal of a donkey: I thought about that phrase, and then I thought about the fact that this is April 1, and so I considered doing a sermon on April Foals Day . . . and then I decided against it. But this is April Fools Day,...
  • Are You Ready for Palm Sunday? [Ecumenical]

    03/29/2012 7:03:00 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | March 28th, 2012 | Gayle Somers
    Are You Ready for Palm Sunday? Faith March 28th, 2012 Gayle Somers In our Lenten journey, have we discovered that we are studies in contrasts? Did we begin with great aspirations and are now feeling more than ever our fickleness? If so, we are truly ready for Palm Sunday.Gospel (Read Mark 14:1-15:47)Today, in the universal Catholic Church, we rise during Mass to hear a full reading of the Passion of Christ. What is our disposition today, having spent nearly 40 days praying, fasting, and doing acts of generosity? Most of us start Lent with some sense of seriousness about...
  • "We Have Now Received Reconciliation" (Sermon for Good Friday, Tenebrae Vespers, on Romans 5:6-11)

    04/22/2011 3:38:44 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 22, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    We Have Now Received Reconciliation (Romans 5:6-11)Our text this evening is the same as it was earlier today, a portion of Romans 5. At noon, under the theme Christ Died for the Ungodly, we focused on these verses: For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person--though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die--but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Now tonight we continue on from that point: Since, therefore,...
  • "Christ Died for the Ungodly" (Sermon for Good Friday, Chief Service, on Romans 5:6-11)

    04/22/2011 8:59:31 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 22, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Christ Died for the Ungodly (Romans 5:6-11)Christ Died for the Ungodly. What an awesome, profound statement that is! The words come from Romans, the fifth chapter, reading as follows: For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person--though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die--but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Christ died for the ungodly. Every term here has great meaning. Lets start with the term, the ungodly. That...
  • "Love Is the Fulfilling of the Law" (Sermon for Maundy Thursday, on Romans 13 and John 13)

    04/21/2011 11:27:50 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 21, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Love Is the Fulfilling of the Law (Romans 13; John 13)In Romans 13 we read: Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet, and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Love Is the Fulfilling of the Law. In other words, if you positively love...
  • The Wackiest Holy Week Evah?

    04/20/2011 10:56:01 AM PDT · by marcbold · 18 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 4-20-11 | Matt Archbold
    We all know about the War on Christmas. Yawn. If you want to be where the action is, its the wackiness that takes place every Holy Week and Easter. Every Holy Week we witness a cavalcade of lunacy and I believe this year we might be enjoying the wackiest Holy Week ever. My evidence is as follows: Time Magazine picks this week to run the headline, Is Hell Dead? This is, presumably, a knock off of their infamous Is God Dead? cover in the 60s. Well in another few years Im sure well be running the headline Time Magazine IS...
  • Spy Wednesday [in Holy Week] Reflection: The Sins of the Clergy [Catholic Caucus]

    04/19/2011 8:13:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-19-11 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Spy Wednesday Reflection: The Sins of the ClergyBy: Msgr. Charles Pope Wednesday of Holy Week is traditionally called Spy Wednesday since it is this day when Judas conspired with the Temple Leadership to hand Jesus over. He would accomplish his task the evening of the next day, but today he makes arrangements to hand Jesus over and is paid.One way to reflect on this terrible sin is to reflect that Judas was among the first priests called by Jesus. We see in the call of the Apostles the establishment of the ministerial priesthood. Jesus called these men to lead...