The Catholic Parish of
Saint John Henry Newman

 Covering most of East Leeds

Parish Magazine Easter 2015

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Holy Week

Palm Sunday and Christ�s triumphant entry into Jerusalem open the door through which we enter Holy Week, the most momentous week in the Church�s year and indeed humanity�s history.

It is hard for us to conceive of a greater contrast than that between the beginning and the end of Jesus' final week. The gospel we hear on Palm Sunday speaks about the crowd�s enthusiastic welcome of Jesus into the Holy city of Jerusalem.

However, we know this is a week that swings from one extreme to the other and the shouts of hosanna will become cries of hatred. From palm branches to passion, from hosannas to heckling, from majesty to mockery, from friend to foe, we are reminded that crowds are fickle and the depth to which unredeemed humanity can sink.

The core of this Holy Week is what we call the Easter Triduum, which begins on Thursday evening at St. Gregory's with the celebration of the Last Supper and the washing of the feet. On Good Friday at Corpus Christi we will hear St. John's account of Christ's Passion and we will venerate the Cross. Our Triduum concludes with the Easter Vigil Mass at St. Theresa's on Holy Saturday night with the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. This short period is the most sacred time in the Church�s year.
A time when we celebrate what has been called, 'the work of our redemption'.

On Palm Sunday we will hear the story of Jesus' Passion and death according to Mark. As we begin this holy week we are given a preview of where this week is heading. We approach this week with reverence because we know that the last journey of Jesus was one that he travelled for all of us.

As we travel along this path with Jesus and encounter all the people he meets, we re-live the events and have an opportunity to enter into the sufferings of Christ, during his last days on earth. The people involved in his death are so like us that we can identify with them. There is no role in the unfolding drama that we are not capable of playing.

The story of the Passion of Christ lays bare the forces of evil and the wickedness of sin. At the same time, however, it reveals the love and the goodness of God - for what appears as the triumph of the powers of darkness will in fact turn out to be the greatest moment of God's saving plan.

God Bless you all and Happy Easter to you and your family.

Mgr. Paul

Published Sat 28th Mar 2015 00:42:59
Last Modified on Sun 23rd Dec 2018 10:42:49

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