The Holy Season of Lent culminates in the Church’s celebration of Holy Week. There is no more important observance in the Christian calendar than the celebration of the events of our salvation: the Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday; the institution of the Sacraments of Holy Orders and the Eucharist at the Last Supper on Holy Thursday; the suffering and death of the Lord on Good Friday; and His glorious resurrection on Easter Sunday. Each year, on Palm Sunday, the Church begins Holy Week by reading the Gospel account of the Lord’s entry into Jerusalem, and then reading the Passion story from one of the synoptic Gospels (i.e., Matthew, Mark, or Luke). This year the Passion account is taken from the Gospel of Matthew. It is fitting that we get a “preview” of the events of Holy Week in the scripture readings on Palm Sunday. On Good Friday we will read the Passion story from the Gospel of St. John. (The Passion story is always taken from John on Good Friday.) Plan now to participate in the whole Sacred Triduum: Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at 7:00pm (followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until midnight), Passion Service on Good Friday at 12:30pm, and the most important celebration of the entire year, the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday at 8:30pm. This is what we have been preparing for all Lent! I strongly encourage you to attend all three services, if possible. Together let’s make this a Holy Week!! Each year during Holy Week the Bishop presides over the Chrism Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in La Crosse. This year it is celebrated on Tuesday, April 4, at 10:30am. All the priests and deacons of the Diocese who are able will join him (I’ll be there!) We priests renew our ordination promises at this Mass. All the faithful of the Diocese are invited as well. If you have never attended the Chrism Mass before (and even if you have), and you are able to make a day of it, I encourage you to attend.
May God bless you!