April 13th, 2014 – Passion (Palm) Sunday – Year A

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With Passion Sunday we begin the final week of Lent and prepare ourselves to celebrate the Paschal Triduum. The Rejoice in God’s Mercy program that runs in Advent and Lent has aimed to invite you to participate more readily and more easily in the sacrament of Reconciliation. However, the sacrament of Reconciliation is not only for Advent and Lent; it is a sacrament that Catholics can receive at any time.

Action: Take concrete steps to make the sacrament of Reconciliation an integral part of your life as a disciple of Christ.

On Palm Sunday, Christians celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, the week before his death and resurrection. Palm Sunday, often referred to as “Passion Sunday,” marks the beginning of Holy Week, which concludes on Easter Sunday. The Bible reveals that when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the crowds greeted him by waving palm branches and covering his path with palm branches. Immediately following this great time of celebration in the ministry  of Jesus, he begins his journey to the cross.