Category Archives: Holy Week

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Cardinal Seán ‘s Palm Sunday Homily

The YouTube channel of CatholicTV has a video of the Palm Sunday Mass at the Cathedral. The homily by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, OFM Cap on April 5, 2020 I am sure that we all have great memories of many celebrations of Palm Sunday in the past. The beginning of Holy Week with a procession…
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First Station: Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

Consider how Jesus Christ, after being scourged and crowned with thorns, was unjustly condemned by Pilate to die on the cross.

My adorable Jesus,
it was not Pilate;
no, it was my sins that condemned You to die.
I beseech You, by the merits of this sorrowful journey,
to assist my soul on its journey to eternity.
I love You, beloved Jesus;
I love You more than I love myself.
With all my heart I repent of ever having offended You.
Grant that I may love You always; and then do with me as You will.

Next: Jesus Bears the Cross

Second Station: Jesus Bears the Cross

Consider Jesus as He walked this road with the cross on His shoulders, thinking of us, and offering to His Father in our behalf, the death He was about to suffer.

My most beloved Jesus,
I embrace all the sufferings You have destined for me until death.
I beg You, by all You suffered in carrying Your cross,
to help me carry mine with Your perfect peace and resignation.
I love You, Jesus, my love;
I repent of ever having offended You.
Never let me separate myself from You again.
Grant that I may love You always; and then do with me as You will.

Next: Jesus Falls the First Time

Third Station: Jesus Falls the First Time

Consider the first fall of Jesus. Loss of blood from the scourging and crowing with thorns had so weakened Him that He could hardly walk; and yet He had to carry that great load upon His shoulders. As the soldiers struck Him cruelly, He fell several times under the heavy cross.

My beloved Jesus,
it was not the weight of the cross
but the weight of my sins which made You suffer so much.
By the merits of this first fall,
save me from falling into mortal sin.
I love You, O my Jesus, with all my heart;
I am sorry that I have offended You.
May I never offend You again.
Grant that I may love You always; and then do with me as You will.

Next: Jesus Meets His Mother