Lent 2011 is slowly rising to its crescendo and coming to a close at the same time. Galveston-Houston’s Catholics now prepare for Palm Sunday’s celebration this coming weekend and the beginning of Holy Week.
Together we have journeyed through these forty days and nights seeking renewed dedication to our baptismal vows. Together we have sought a closer walk with the Son of God and a more defined picture of our individual callings from Him.
Fundamental to our faith is observance of the mystery of the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Through the Liturgies and Sacraments of the Catholic Church we are invited to participate fully in this Holy Week.
“In Holy Week, the Church celebrates the mysteries of salvation accomplished by Christ in the last days of the earthly life, beginning with his messianic entry into Jerusalem.” .USSCB
“Christ has reconciled us to God through a loving act of total self-giving; what He enacted before His “Abba,” His Father and our Father, has opened for us the way to salvation. This is the meaning of Holy Week and this is the Easter Mystery of Grace…” Cardinal DiNardo, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
“…through the personal encounter with our Redeemer and through faasting, almsgiving and prayer, the journey of conversion towards Easter leads us to rediscover our Baptism…let us renew our acceptance of the Grace that God bestowed upon us at that moment, so that it may illuminate and guide all of our actions.”—Pope Benedict XVI’s Lenten Message 2011
Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday with the proclamation of the Passion of Christ.
The Procession of Palms at our individual parishes helps us to commemorate Christ's messianic entry into Jerusalem. We keep palm branches which have been blessed on Palm Sunday in our homes as a witness of our faith in Jesus Christ as the messianic king and His victory over death.
Please do not mistake this tradition as some superstitious magical branch.
Let us go now, looking forward to the celebration of the Paschal Triduum, that is the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.