Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

13/14 APR 2019 • VOL. 15

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion • 14 April 2019

Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent and commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified. It is the day where the faithful will receive palm fronds in the church which they use to participate in the re-enactment of Christ’s arrival in Jerusalem. The palm branch represented goodness and victory and was symbolic of the final victory He would soon fulfil over death.

Take the Jesus Rides Gloriously into Jerusalem quiz on page 2 to find out how much you know about Palm Sunday.

Come Home to Where Love Dwells

The first love says: “You are loved long before other people can love you or you can love others. You are accepted long before you can accept others or receive their acceptance. You are safe long before you can offer or receive safety.” Home is the place where that first love dwells and speaks gently to us. It requires discipline to come home and listen, especially when our fears are so noisy that they keep driving us outside of ourselves. But when we grasp the truth that we already have a home, we may, at last, have the strength to unmask the illusions created by our fears and continue to return again and again and again.

– Henri Nouwen

Infant Baptism

Congratulations!

to the parents and godparents whose infants received the Sacrament of Baptism this month.

Our Story

“Upon this rock, I shall build my Church”

A journey back in time to see how far we’ve come from our humble beginning.

Reflections

“Father, make this week holy through miracles of forgiveness. May I decide to accept these miracles now on the first day of Holy Week.”

13/14 Apr 2019 • Palm Sunday of  the Lord’s Passion

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What is Holy Week?

Holy Week is the last seven days of Lent. It begins with Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday), continues through the Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, and ends with Easter Sunday. It is the most solemn and holy time of the year for the Catholic Church as it commemorates the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ.

The Significance of Each Day

Palm Sunday – Jesus’ arrival to Jerusalem is remembered. Catholics can participate in processions with blessed olive branches or palms during Mass.

Maundy Thursday commemorates Jesus’ Last Supper, in which He instituted the sacraments of the Eucharist and holy orders. During the Mass, the priest practices the rite of foot washing. This ceremony is an important call that we too should be willing to serve others, even if it means doing things we may not like to do.

Good Friday and Holy Saturday – Mass cannot be celebrated on these days since these are days of mourning the death of Christ. On Holy Saturday the church is closed until later when the Easter Vigil is celebrated. It is common that new persons are baptized into the Catholic faith on this night.

Easter Sunday – the Resurrection of Christ is remembered on and is celebrated at Mass that morning.

Holy Week/ Easter Mass Schedule can be found on page 3. There will be no morning Mass during the Easter Triduum.

Salúbong

Salúbong, a traditional Filipino devotion reenacts the encounter of the Risen Christ with his Sorrowful Mother. On Easter Sunday morning, the men in a joyful procession accompany the statue of Christ and the women in a sombre procession accompany the image of Mary, shrouded in a black mourning veil. The processions will meet and a little girl dressed as an angel removes the black mourning veil from the statue of Mary.

Come, meditate & witness the Easter Encounter, SALUBONG, with 70 dancing & singing children dressed as angels.

This is the inaugural religious celebration of SALUBONG here in Singapore, on the 21st of April (Easter Sunday), 6:00 AM before our 7 am Mass, Church of Divine Mercy, 19 Pasir Ris St 72.  The procession will start at the church’s Foyer and will end at the Sanctuary where the re-enactment of the encounter will take place.

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