Sunday, April 1, 2012

Palm Sunday and Easter Triduum 2012

If you have been following my blog for some time now, you may notice that this post is similar to last year's post for Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week.  It is the same post that I have copied and republished, but I thought it was worth sharing again and it was great to "Search" my own blog on what I posted during Holy Week in the past and see the tribute that I did for our beloved Sharon and Patrick.  Read below to find out who Sharon and Patrick are and may you be blessed this Holy Week!

Today is Palm Sunday, the start of Holy week and it's exactly one week before Easter Sunday. Each Palm Sunday, Catholic Churches hand out blessed palm branches to the congregation.  The above picture are palms from last year that we made into a cross.

Did you know that the ashes from Ash Wednesday come from the burnt palms from last year's Palm Sunday? Catholicism states this about Palm Sunday, "Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entrance of Christ into Jerusalem  (Matthew 21:1-9), when palm branches were placed in His path, before  His arrest on Holy Thursday and His Crucifixion on Good Friday. It thus marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent, and the week in which Christians celebrate the mystery of their salvation through Christ's Death and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday."

Here is a 4 minute Palm Sunday collage video that I wanted to share: (the resolution isn't the best, but the messages and images are still beautiful)

So Holy Week begins today and the 3 holiest days of the Catholic Church's calendar are coming up on this Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. These 3 holy days are called the Easter Triduum.  This is a special time in our family's life, not only because we remember Jesus' passion, death and resurrection, but also because it was 6 years ago at the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday that my husband and his cousin entered into full communion with the Catholic Church.  Here we are just before this special Mass began.

My husband was baptized a Baptist, but he attended Mass with me while dating, when we were newlyweds and when we had our 3 older children. His cousin, Sharon, visited many churches during her lifetime. After 50 plus years of praying and searching she realized that what she was missing all her life was receiving Jesus' Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist. (John 6: 48-68)

It was a blessing and a glorious day to see my husband and Sharon enter the Catholic Church at Easter 2006! Sharon was a saint here on earth and now she is in Heaven since 2007 when her 5 year battle with lung cancer took her away from her earthly home to be with Jesus and Mary's loving and awaiting arms.  Her son, Patrick, followed her 7 months later.  We miss Sharon and Patrick so much, but we are comforted that Sharon is no longer fighting her cancer and Patrick is running freely in Heaven after being in a wheel chair during his 21 years of living due to having cerebral palsy since birth.

Sharon and Patrick, soul mates on earth and now in Heaven.  We love and miss you so very much!

May you and your family and friends have a blessed Holy Week and Easter!

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Beautiful post, Tracy. My husband is joining the Church this Easter Vigil. I think this will be the best Easter ever! Mary

Mom2Seven said...

Hi Tracy, I do remember this post. Wishing you a very blessed Holy Week. Peace, love, and prayers, Annita +JMJ+

Tiffany said...

Wishing you a blessed and beautiful Holy Week, Tracy!

LeAnn said...

A very touching post. I enjoyed learning more about how you celebrate Easter.

Cross Moms said...

This is beautiful, and I am so glad I found you on NOB. What an incredible bond between a mother and her son! Praying your family has a blessed Easter.
God Bless,
Christy at Cross Moms

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