Sunday, March 24, 2013

Palm Sunday Videos and Easter Triduum 2013

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.  Tonight we will be attending our first Palm Sunday Latin Mass at a local church which I hear is especially beautiful! 

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)

I just found this video this year via Facebook and it is a powerful one for Palm Sunday so I wanted to share it!

Have you ever wanted to learn how to braid your palms?  Jennifer at Catholic Inspired has this great video to show you how:

To see Jennifer's full post and tips, including how to make a crown with your palms go HERE.

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 7 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, together forever on earth and now in Heaven.  We love and miss you so very much!

May you and your family and friends have a blessed Palm Sunday and beginning of Holy Week 2013! 
Be sure to visit my blog again soon as I will be posting about our Holy Week traditions that we love do to each year as a family! 


Chris said...

Absolutely beautiful, touching and incredibly informative post, Tracy.... Thank you!
I am about to sit and watch the videos now with the boys and we'll try out the palm braiding after breakfast...just got home from mass and waiting for bberry muffins hubby just put in the oven.....Looking forward to it...
Have a blessed day and thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

Tracy, Thanks for linking to me! I can't get over how much I sound like a kid in that video! I was going to do another palm branch video this year, but I have a nasty cold and I really can't talk. Well, I found a few videos that showed a "how to" for the palm braid I was going to do so it worked out any way! (I posted them on my blog)
This is a beautiful heart-felt post! And I'm very sorry for your loss. It's nice that your cousin was able to join the Church before she went to meet Jesus.
Take care, I hope your pregnancy is going well!
God Bless!

Laurie said...

Yes, this is a beautiful post!! And thank you for another great video. I just shared the one with the two young men with my boys- they could relate!! Blessings to you this week!

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