Passiontide -- eNews for the Fifth Week of Lent
The last two weeks of Lent are known as Passiontide. During this time, the readings and prayers of the liturgy focus on the Passion of Our Lord. The word 'passion', in the Christian sense, does not mean an intense emotion; it refers to the historical events of Jesus' suffering and death. As a penitential season of the Church, Passiontide is even more ancient than Lent.
One tradition of Passiontide that we see in our parishes today is the covering of statues, images, and crosses with purple fabric. This practice of veiling the cross helps us to focus on the penitential aspect of this liturgical season, serving as a visual reminder that the glory of the Resurrection is made possible only through the Christ's suffering and death on the cross. When we cover or remove these holy and sacred images we increase our anticipation of Easter Sunday.
During this first week of Passiontide, we focus on the sorrows of Christ in the last year of His life, leading into Holy Week, which is why the Stations of the Cross are a particularly fitting devotion for this time. See parish events below for times at Assumption and Resurrection, or visit other parishes.
For a modern prayer approach, spend 30 minutes reflecting on Jesus' death with these
"virtual Stations" videos.
At our parishes:
Please pray for our Assumption Teens who are on Retreat this weekend.
Traditional Stations of the Cross:
7:00 pm tonight (Friday, March 16) at Assumption, led by members of the Assumption Youth Group.
of the Cross
with Resurrection's Youth Group
7pm, Sunday, March 18 for families of the youth group members and 7pm, Monday, March 19, all are welcome to come pray the stations with the teens.
with Dcn. Marcelo
7:00 pm, Tuesday, March 20
Rm. 2 at Assumption.
All are welcome.
Global Warming Workshop
Room 2 at Assumption
Wednesday, March 21
Learn what we can do to effect change.
See flyer for more information.
(NOTE: This workshop will be downstairs -
in the living room as the flyer says.)
it's so hard to love the world sometimes
and to love it the way Jesus did seems impossible.
Help me to be inspired by his love and
guided by his example.
Most of all, I want to accept that I can't do it alone,
and that trying is an arrogance of self-centeredness.
I need you, dear God, to give me support in this journey.
Show me how to unlock my heart
so that I am less selfish.
Let me be less fearful of the pain and darkness
that will be transformed by you into Easter joy.
The next episode of our weekly video study with Bishop Barron goes out Monday. You can check out his daily text reflections
"Best Lent Ever" Reflections from Matthew Kelly at Dynamic Catholic are
For both of these, you can sign up to get them in your email, or just visit the web pages daily, if you prefer.
Church of the Assumption:
Church of the Resurrection:
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Sent by Maura Walsh on Friday, March 23 at 8:09AM