Today, Palm Sunday, begins Holy Week and may we not let this Holy Week be just another week. May it be special to us, not because we can take a vacation or we are looking forward to a family gathering and fun on Easter Sunday, but because we are so grateful for Jesus giving all He is for us in Eucharist, and unto death and resurrection.
The 72 hours called the Easter Triduum, from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Saturday, are the most important days of our Catholic Faith. It is a three-day-long liturgy. We need to see it as a whole: our Holy Thursday gathering is the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper, the prelude to our gathering on Good Friday, bringing us to the Easter Vigil-Holy Saturday Evening where we celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation for our elect who have been preparing for a long time. We will baptize and renew our own baptismal commitment, urging us to return to God, the source of grace, mercy, and forgiveness.
I urge and encourage you to put your whole heart and soul with joy and gratitude in participating in the full liturgy of Holy Thursday-7:00PM, Good Friday-7:00PM, and Holy Saturday-8:00PM.
Have a truly grace-filled Holy Week
Fr. Thi Pham, SCJ