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PALM SUNDAY/Holy Week 14th APRIL 2019
Mauve Book Page 184

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Welcome on Palm Sunday 2019. 

We hope that you will join us at some or all of the ceremonies at either of the churches during the coming days. In Catholic worship, we don’t speak so much about the “Services” but Sacred Liturgy”. Liturgy is a collective word. It describes the changing rites and ceremonies throughout the year. It simply means “The offering of the people” (laos/laity & ourgia/useful work). So, the “Liturgy” adapts with the times & seasons while hopefully it also takes account of whatever is happening on the world stage and in the lives of the local people. In the Catholic tradition everything that happens in church has a meaning. The Liturgy brings us into the living presence of Christ! It lifts us up to heaven in one tremendous combined act of self-offering. If you are unfamiliar with the Liturgy of Holy Week, or if you are not a Catholic Person please do not feel out of place. The Liturgy take us literally to Jerusalem, to the Upper Room, the Mount of Olives, Gethsemane & Golgotha. Ultimately, if we are willing to look on “him whom they pierced” (Zech12v10) then, come next Saturday, we shall also peer into an empty tomb and hear the Risen Christ call our name just like he called Mary Magdalene (Jn20v16). Meanwhile, there are seven days to pass and a long journey in between. On Good Friday we always hear the whole passion According to St John. It is not that John’s account is more important than the others it is because we have to be familiar with the more earthy narratives of the other three before we can approach the greater spiritual depths of St John. 

This Palm Sunday we hear the account According to St Luke. Perhaps, in the first instance you feel that the four gospels tell the same story almost verbatim. In actual fact while they are very similar, the four writers give us their own special perspectives. Matthew’s text is bathed in allusions to Old Testament prophecy more so than the other three. I just noticed for the first time that Mark prefaces his account in a subtle way with the closing phrase in Ch13: “Stay awake, because you do not know when the master is coming, evening, midnight, cockcrow or dawn; if he comes unexpectedly, he must not find you asleep. What I am saying to you I say to all: Stay awake!” On the very next page these are the things of which all the disciples are immediately guilty. The disastrous moment comes at midnight. He asked them to watch and found them sleeping. Then sure enough the cock crows to announce that fateful dawn. 

Luke’s account is less Jewish and more Roman! Concise and pragmatic, it is also more human, even multi-cultural. He speaks to the women on the road, he consoles Peter before his fall from grace, he appears unexpectedly before Herod. He is more explicitly charged as if he were already a king. His final words; ‘Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing” and his reaching out to the repentant thief. ‘In truth I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.’ All these features are unique to Luke. His words to the thief are no less his words to you, if you will but make that prayer your own: ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ 

God Bless
Fr Kevin 

Tonight Palm Sunday – LEÇONS DE TÉNÈBRES – 6.00PM OLSS “Lessons of Darkness” Beautiful French baroque music developed from the polyphonic lamentations settings for the Tenebrae service. Here Performed with voices, Cello & Harpsichord. Petra, Emily, Corina & Sarah 

The Donkey 

When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born. 

With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devil’s walking parody
On all four-footed things. 

The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
I keep my secret still. 

Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet. 


The Sisters of St Andrew 99 Belmont Hill SE13 5DY 

This Monday 2-9.00pm “Journey in Silence”. An ongoing open retreat day “In his footsteps” 

Tel.:0208 852 1662 

e-mail: [email protected] 

Ursuline School Office Manager Required 

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Patrick H, Martin R, Denis C, Nancy M, Philomemna C, Victor S, Catherine B, Peter R, Josephine S, Edward K, Kathleen G, J Dormandy, Margaret C, Kathleen R, Angela P 

May they Rest in Peace 

Thankyou for Your Offering April 7th 

OLSS: £440 St Joseph: £374
(Direct Debits OLSS Jan £2480 Feb £2610 March £2529) 

Sincere Thanks to Fr Malcolm King who has been helping again at St Joseph’s and also, to Fr Tomasz who will conduct the Holy Week rites this year.

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