Category Archives: Holy Week

Holy Saturday Confessions

Some parishes offer a confessor’s time. Others do not. Sometimes the reasons for either are good. Or well-intentioned. For the record, a celebration of the Sacrament of Penance is not forbidden on Holy Saturday. I can’t honestly recall a parish … Continue reading

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Harrowing

Why do we profess Jesus descending to the dead in the Apostle’s Creed? When I was a boy, I confess this seemed a bit strange. I didn’t give it much thought, though. The Bible gives a few hints (1 Peter … Continue reading

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On Good Friday

Good Friday quote from the 6th century from Saint Romanos the Melodist: Let us lay aside all tiresome arguments and attach ourselves to the one on the cross. If it seems right, let us all go along with Peter to … Continue reading

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Mandate

My one great sadness for today: we do not wash each other’s feet at Mass. We’ve fussed and fought about women and non-Catholics. We assume people won’t want to take off their socks and shoes. We use the Pilate gesture … Continue reading

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Palm “Origami”

I read Lizette Larson’s interesting research on folding palms into crosses and other objects. Is this a practice to be encouraged? When I received palm leaves from my first last-Sunday-in-Lent, I didn’t want them folded up into crosses. I left … Continue reading

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Holy Saturday

A day of rest and hope: Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure. For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your faithful one see the Pit. (Psalm 16:9-10)

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Confidence

Confidence: not a word one might first associate with Good Friday. But in today’s reading from Hebrews the word stood out for me, and seemed worthy of reflection: So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy … Continue reading

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