Sunday, APRIL13, 2014
Dear parishioners and friends in Christ,
Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion begins the most Holy Week of the Christian calendar. This weekend we welcome the Lord Jesus into our hearts and Messiah and King only to witness His reign from the throne of His cross. Crowned not with gold but with a crown of thorns, Jesus accomplishes His redemptive mission as the Suffering Servant of God who bore the weight of our sins to save us from the darkness of death. He leads us to the eternal light and glory of heaven. “By Your Cross and Resurrection You have set us free!”
Come participate in the Holy Week Services listed in the bulletin. Holy Thursday evening at 8:00 p.m. we will participate in the Lord’s Supper witnessing Our Lord’s example that we must not only receive the Body of Christ, but also become the Body of Christ in humble service of others. And then come and walk with us to the Garden of Gethsemane where we have the opportunity to prayerfully keep watch with Jesus. The altar of reposition will be open until 10:30 p.m.
Good Friday we once again participate in the Passion, venerate the cross, and receive Holy Communion. We will have two Services to accommodate your schedule. Remember, Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence. See the bulletin (p. 2) for regulations.
Holy Saturday is a quiet day of prayerful reflection and preparation for the Great Vigil of Easter beginning at 8:00 pm. This beautiful Mass will include the procession of the new fire from the Easter candle into the darkened church, the Baptism of adult catechumens, and the Confirmations and First Holy Eucharist for our candidates for full ecclesial communion. We will all have the opportunity to renew our Baptismal Promises and to share in the Eucharist of Easter.
And of course we rejoice with Christians throughout the world as we celebrate Easter Day Masses on Sunday. We welcome your family members, neighbors and friends to join you in celebrating with our Parish Family. What a truly wonderful week that begins today!
Please don’t forget the many opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation this week. See the bulletin cover for the days and times. And remember that this Monday, from 3:00 in the afternoon until 9:00 at night, confessions will be heard here at Saints Cyril & Methodius, and in every parish in the Diocese and throughout the metro area.
Have a great week and God Bless you!
Msgr. "Father Bob" Clerkin