25 Mar 2018

25th March 2018 - Sharing a faith journey - Gerard Hanley - Palm Sunday

On this weeks programme John is joined by Gerard Hanley from the Emmanuel Community who reflects on his faith journey. We have our regular Sunday gospel reflection (reflecting on the Lords Entrance into Jerusalem) and some thoughts for Holy Week as well as some other liturgical odds and ends.

You can listen to the podcast of this weeks full programme HERE.

A Journey to Faith

On this weeks programme we are joined by Geraldine Creaton and Gerard Hanley from the Emmanuel Community.

Gerard shares with us his journey to faith and the challenges he has faced over the years through which faith has helped him to over come.

You can listen to the interview with Gerard excerpted from the main programme HERE.

Procession - Mark 11: 1-10
Reading of the Passion - Mark 14: 1- 15;47

When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.’” They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
Reflections on the Gospel readings of this Sunday:

Word on Fire - The Return of the King
Sunday Reflections 
English Dominicans - The Hour of the Son of Man
Centre for Liturgy

Liturgical odds and ends

Holy Week and the Sacred Easter Triduum out rank all saints memorials and commemorations this week so we wont be posting any saints of the week list. The Easter Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil and closes with evening prayer on Easter Sunday.

When does Lent end? Lent ends at sunset on Holy Thursday before the Mass of the Lord's Supper.

The Mass of Chrism - Limericks Chrism Mass is in St Johns Cathedral at 7pm on Wednesday, March 28th 

Holy Thursday - Mass of the Lord's Supper is celebrated in parishes around the world to commemorate the first Mass, the institution of the Eucharist and the priesthood. Reminder to people to bring your Trócaire box to church for collection.

Good Friday - No Masses are celebrated any where around the world on Good Friday. The main liturgical event is the Commemoration of the Lords Passion usually held at 3pm. The traditional collection is taken up for the support of the Holy Places in the Holy Land. Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence for Catholics in Ireland.

Why do we celebrate the Easter Vigil after dark ... why is the darkness a big deal!?!?

The entire celebration of the Easter Vigil takes place at night. It should not begin before nightfall; it should end before daybreak on Sunday. This rule is to be taken according to its strictest sense. The Easter Vigil does not correspond to the usual Saturday evening
anticipated Mass, and its character is unique in the cycle of the liturgical year. It ought to take place at night.

The Church notes that the kinds of objections raised to holding the Paschal Vigil at night are not raised when it comes to midnight Masses at Christmas or other gatherings of various kinds! To light a fire and candles and speak of “this holy night,” and “Christ the Morning Star,” while there is still light on the western horizon is literally to make an incorrect statement at the most important liturgy of the church year - that does us, or our liturgy, no justice!

The intention of the Missale Romanum is clear: the Easter Vigil is to take place in darkness, “after nightfall;” that is, after the time in the evening when daylight is last visible. 

Sunset in Limerick on Saturday March 21st is at 8:07pm, and sunrise on Easter Sunday morning is at 7:07am.

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