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Exaltation of the Holy Cross 2017

Relics of the true Cross are in our shrine and give us a link to the origins of this feast.  The Cross had its antecedents in the Old Testament but its exaltation began with Constantine’s victory under its banner.  His mother, St. Helen, discovered the true Cross and later the Emperor Herclius saved it from the Persians.  The mystery of the Cross, if known and lived, will be our path to a glorious triumph in heaven and peace and consolation during the trials and sufferings of this life.

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Celebrate The Victory Of Christ

Easter Vigil 2017

The Easter Vigil begins with the Feast of Light in dispelling the darkness of sin.  The next part of the ceremony is about Baptism and renewal of vows and finally we have the Mass.  The central doctrine of Easter is the Resurrection of Our Lord and His overcoming of evil and death.  We renew our Faith and rejoice in Christ’s glorious Resurrection.

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Solemn Liturgical Action

Good Friday 2017

Holy Mother the Church on Good Friday gathers around the Cross to witness the renewal of Christ’s sacrifice during the solemn liturgical action.  This ceremony has the Passion according to St. John, the solemn collects, the adoration of the Cross and culminates with Holy Communion.  Our Mother of Sorrows stands before us as the model so we might become like to Him in death, and in the hope that somehow we may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

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Love

Holy Thursday 2017

Holy Thursday can be summed up in one word: Love.  This Divine-Human love in the Sacred Heart gave us the Holy Eucharist, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Holy Priesthood today.  True Catholics love all these sacred things in return and follow Our Lord’s command to love one another.  Finally, we appreciate the cost of this love to Our Savior and what we do in reparation.

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Catholic True Worship

Palm Sunday 2017

Palm Sunday encompasses all of the Mysteries of Holy Week in one singular devotion.  It begins with an exclamation of Joy as Christ enters Jerusalem as Savior and King, turns to profound sorrow as He undergoes His Passion and Death, and the culminates in Joy again at His Resurrection.  Since it is in the nature of Man to worship, recalling these events allows us to worship in a deep and meaningful way as our God and His Church intends.

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Compassionate Mother

Friday in Passion Week 2017 – 1st Friday

The prophecy of Caiphas about the necessity of Christ’s death for the people is an example of how God’s word can even come from the mouth of His enemy.  However, the Friday in Passion Week is especially dedicated to our Mother of Sorrows.  Our Lady stood by the Cross of her Son and suffered with Him.  The Blessed Mother is the example for true friends of Our Savior and she will make them be like her and her Son.

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We Are Children Of The Promise

Laetare Sunday 2017

We have reached the middle of Lent and we rejoice at this point and continue to persevere. We receive graces as the chosen ones and we must not postpone our conversion. As the people in today’s Gospel, we will follow Our Lord for the beautiful teachings He gives us and for the miracle of the loaves and fishes.

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Pray With All Of Your Heart

Second Sunday in Lent 2017

The Transfiguration of Our Lord showed Him in all His Glory and it was an event that at first frightened the apostles, then reassured them in the Faith.  The Voice from Heaven, “This is My Beloved Son, hear ye Him,” shook the apostles to their very core.  We must realize that we ourselves will be transfigured and that our bodies will be glorified if we persevere in the Faith and have the humility necessary to enter Our Lord’s Kingdom after our physical death on this earth.  Peter, James and John were selected to give us a glimpse of what awaits us if we are faithful and have the humility to accept whatever Judgment is conferred on us when we ourselves meet Our Lord in His Glory.

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Affixed To The Cross

First Sunday in Lent 2017

After a brief instruction about liturgical and sacred art this sermon tells about the importance of the sacramental of ashes.  Stations of the Cross is a Lenten practice beloved by the faithful because our Blessed Mother began the devotion.  Catholics must imitate the way of the Cross so they may be joined to Our Lord on it.  Finally, the temptations of Christ are explained.

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