Come, together let us ascend Mount Olivet and meet Christ as he returns today from Bethany and advances of his own free choice to his Passion, thus completing the mystery of our salvation. For he comes freely to Jerusalem as he once came from heaven in order to exalt us with himself. But he does not come with pomp and circumstance, like a man ascending a throne: He shall not dispute or shout aloud, nor shall anyone hear his voice upraised. He is meek and humble, and goes poorly clad.

Therefore, let us now devote ourselves to the Passion mystery and imitate those who went to meet him. Ours is not to strew the way with palms but with ourselves, humbled in spirit, upright in mind and will.

Thus we shall receive the Word when he comes, and shall have God for our Guest.

The Word rejoices to come to us as our familiar friend and to draw us to himself. He has indeed ascended beyond the heavens and entered into the glory of his Godhead, but his love for mankind does not permit him to depart from us, for he seeks to make us sharers of his exaltation.

Let us put on his grace, then, or, rather, his very self: As many of you as have been baptized in Christ, have put on Christ.. Then we can make of ourselves a path for his feet to tread, and shout each day what the children sang: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord: the King of Israel.

-- St. Andrew of Crete

Holy Week Features  

Palm Sunday


A hymn composed by Theodulf bishop of Orleans, when prisoner at Angers, by order of Louis the Good. Sung during the procession on Palm Sunday in the Tridentine Rite.

History of Palm Sunday

Taken from The Liturgical Year by Abbot Gueranger

Holy Thursday

Pange Lingua

Eucharistic hymn written by St. Thomas Aquinas

The Washing of the Feet

Taken from The Liturgical Year by Abbot Gueranger

Maundy Thursday

An explanation of the Mass of Holy Thursday taken from The Liturgical Year by Abbot Gueranger

Good Friday

On the Physical Death of Jesus Christ

Medical explanation of the sufferings of Christ which appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association

Hymn for Good Friday

From the Greek liturgy of Good Friday

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