Sixth Sunday of Announcement
This Sunday takes its name from the joyful shouts of the children of Israel as Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem in triumph, crying out: “Hosanna,” which means, “Save us now, we pray!” They also shouted out: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” Jesus was thus greeted as the Savior of Israel, the Messiah and Lord.
The procession with the psalms and olive branches that takes place on this day, originated in Jerusalem as a commemoration of Christ’s triumphant entrance into the Holy City. By the fourth century the Church in Jerusalem gathered each year to recall the Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem. The faithful gathered on the Mount of Olives with their bishop. There they sang psalms and hymns and listened to readings from the Old Testament and to the gospel account of the Lord’s entry into the city. Late in the afternoon they went in procession from the Mount of Olives to the city of Jerusalem. The parents carried their children on their shoulders and all waved branches of palm and olive trees as they cried out: “Hosanna!” and “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” Upon entering the city they went to the Church of the Resurrection, which was built over the tomb of the Lord, where they ultimately celebrated the Eucharist.
As we prepare for the great week of the Lord’s passion and death, we begin by recalling that Jesus was first rightly greeted by the crowds as their Messiah. These same crowds that today cried “Hosanna,” would later shout, “Crucify Him.” However, the Lord’s disciples, who today rejoiced over the reception that he received from the crowds, would desert him and hide in fear. And yet Jesus remained Messiah even on the cross for his true glory came not at the hands of the people, but from his Father. As we follow the Lord on the way to the cross, may we remain ever faithful to him who is our Savior and Lord.
Palm Sunday, April 13th
10 am Solemn Mass with procession and distribution of palms.
4 pm Mass and distribution of palms.
Palm Sunday dinner
11:30 am -6 pm Lebanese food will be served for the
public in the Cedars Hall.
HAPPY & BLESSED PALM SUNDAY
Come join us in the celebration of Sayedna Robert
Shaheen’s 50th anniversary to the priesthood on
May 1, 2014 with a Liturgy of Thanksgiving at 7 pm at
St. Raymond’s followed by a reception in The Cedars Hall. This is an open invitation, everyone is welcome
St. Raymond’s Holy Week Schedule
PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 13TH
10 a.m. Solemn Liturgy with procession and distribution of palms.
4 p.m. Liturgy and distribution of palms
PALM SUNDAY DINNER
11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Lebanese food will be served for the public in the Cedars Hall.
MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14-16
Mon, 12 Noon Liturgy
7 p.m. Liturgy of the Blessing of Holy Oils
Tues, 12 Noon Liturgy
7 p.m. Liturgy & Benediction of the Cross
Wed, 12 Noon Liturgy
7 p.m. Rite of the Lamp and Liturgy
THURSDAY, APRIL 17TH (HOLY THURSDAY)
12 Noon Liturgy
7 p.m. Liturgy and Washing of the Feet; Procession with Blessed Sacrament and Adoration till Midnight.
FRIDAY, APRIL 18TH (GOOD FRIDAY)
11 a.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy
7 p.m. Burial of the Lord
SATURDAY, APRIL 19TH (GREAT SATURDAY OF THE LIGHT)
10 a.m. Confessions
11 a.m. Prayer of Forgiveness
NO 5 PM LITURGY
10 p.m. Opening of Tomb and Solemn Liturgy of Resurrection
(Everyone is welcome to the Cedars Hall for refreshments following the
10 pm Liturgy)
SUNDAY, APRIL 20TH (EASTER SUNDAY)
9 a.m. Liturgy of Easter (No coffee hour on Easter Sunday.)
11 a.m. Liturgy of Easter
DURING HOLY WEEK, CONFESSIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE BEFORE ALL LITURGIES
MYO CARNATION SALE
Prior to the service on Good Friday evening, the MYO will be selling carnations for $1.00 each for the Burial of Our Lord.
HAVE A BLESSED AND HAPPY EASTER!
Easter Sunday is the day the Church and her children rejoice for our Lord and Savior has risen from the dead. The resurrection of the Lord is the central event of our salvation, the one that gives meaning to who we are and what we do. Every celebration of the Eucharist and the other mysteries refers to it as the source of inspiration and meaning.
The resurrection is the feast of feasts, the queen of all feasts. Originally the Church celebrated only one feast, the resurrection itself, which was recalled and renewed each Sunday at the celebration of the Divine Mysteries. Soon, however, it began to recall the Passover of the Lord and his victorious resurrection in a special way once a year, in addition to the weekly commemoration of the resurrection. Eventually this annual celebration of the Lord’s resurrection was prepared for by a season of prayer, fasting and penance—Lent, and the feast itself was extended for fifty days.
The Church, thus, now celebrates the resurrection of the Lord for a week of weeks (fifty days): from the Sunday of the Resurrection to Pentecost Sunday (the fiftieth day).
The feast of the Resurrection is one of joy and peace:
Peace to those who are far and
good hope to those who are near.
for Christ has risen from the grave
and has gathered those who were
scattered and given them joy.
The joy and peace that flow from the Lord’s resurrection are expressed today by the rite of peace which follows the gospel in the Divine Mysteries. The cross is removed from the tomb where it has rested since Great Friday and is draped in white. It is carried through the Church accompanied by hymns of praise and joy. The priest solemnly blesses the congregation with the glorious cross and then presents it to them that they might adore it.
By his living cross Christ has saved us from going astray and given us a way to heaven. Through the cross peace and harmony reign among God’s people and we are led to perfection.
And so filled with peace and with joyful hearts we proclaim:
A glorious morning has dawned,
A night has fled.
Light has conquered,
And night has been destroyed