Holy Week

03-28-2021Weekly ReflectionFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

We are entering Holy Week, a most sacred time of commemorating the Last Supper and the passion and death of our Lord. The Sacred Triduum, which consists of Holy Thursday (the Mass of the Lord’s Supper), Good Friday (the Liturgy of the Passion) and Holy Saturday (the Great Easter Vigil), is really one long liturgy. At the end of the Holy Thursday, there is not a final blessing or dismissal. Instead, what normally happens is that we process with the Blessed Sacrament to an altar of repose, if possible outside of the body of the church. Once we finish chanting the Pange Lingua, the people are invited to spend an hour or two adoring our Lord. Also, at the beginning of the Holy Thursday Mass, we use the organ, which is done correctly in a parish church, has been minimized throughout the Lenten season, but at this Mass, we begin with a triumphant hymn and a beautiful Gloria, usually accompanied with bells. Once the hymn is over, the organ and bells go silent until the Easter Vigil. The rest of the music for Thursday and Good Friday is chanted without instrumental accompaniment. We leave the church in silence. There should be no talking or gathering of people in the body of the church after the final chanting of the Pange Lingua.

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Receiving Holy Communion Worthily

03-21-2021Weekly ReflectionFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

In the first reading today from the prophet Jeremiah, we hear God say that he will enter into a new covenant with his people and write his law upon their hearts. This is the new covenant that comes with his Son, Jesus Christ. For us who believe in the name of God’s only begotten Son, it is an everlasting covenant, and the sign of this covenant is baptism and the Holy Eucharist.

Many of us, if not most, were baptized as infants, but an adult who seeks to be baptized is called to renounce Satan and all his works and empty promises. That is a requirement for baptism. We renounce Satan and are baptized into the death and resurrection of our Lord. We become a new creation and are now called a son or a daughter of God. Because of our baptism, we are then admitted to Holy Communion, the sacrament of our Lord’s Body and Blood.

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4th Sunday of Lent - Laetare Sunday

03-14-2021Weekly ReflectionFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Today is Laetare Sunday. This Sunday in Lent gets its name from the opening words of the entrance antiphon of the Mass from Isaiah, “Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her. Be joyful, all who were in mourning; exult and be satisfied at her consoling breast.” In the midst of Lent, a season of penance, the Church gives us a Sunday where we are called to rejoice before entering once again into the penitential season as we approach the Holy Week services and the Passion of our Lord. It is a Sunday in which we can decorate with flowers and use the organ for music. Traditionally, it is a day where priests are allowed to wear rose colored vestments to symbolize the rose flower. You may have notices that during the offertory, we have not been playing music. Today, there will be an offertory hymn and the use of incense to remind us of the need for rejoicing. Our Church has a three week cycle of readings for Sunday. During cycle A, we read the story of the blind man in the Gospel of John. In cycle C we read of the Prodigal Son. Today, during cycle B, we read from the Gospel of John 3:16 and the famous passage that “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”

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March 19: The Solemnity of St. Joseph

03-07-2021Weekly ReflectionFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

On Friday, March 19th, we will be moving the Stations of the Cross to immediately following the 12:10pm Mass. The 19th is the solemnity of St. Joseph, so in place of evening stations we will be having an XLT from 6:30-8:00pm at St. Jerome Church. XLT is short for EXALT, a night of worship and adoration that follows a teen life model of prayer and encounter with our Lord. On this evening, Lou will be providing music for us as we worship the Lord in Eucharistic Adoration.

During an XLT, a speaker will also speak about how the Lord has touched him during this time of worship. Many of our teens in the Catholic Church have been exposed and have fallen in love with our Lord during these XLT’s, but this is not only for teens. We did an XLT back in December on prayer. This month’s XLT topic will be on St. Joseph and fatherhood. Please consider attending this opportunity for praise and worship as we prepare for the great Holy Week festivities and Easter Sunday.

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