By Fr. Dave DeLuca, MSC
The palm that you will take to your home will be a reminder of the significance of your Christian vocation. It will eventually be turned to dust and used in Ash Wednesday liturgy. “Remember you are dust and into dust you shall return.” The palm becomes dust to direct our lives to God that requires repentance. All things are vanity if they do not direct our lives to God.
The sacraments are the sacred signs of realities that never perish if we freely let them transform our lives. The sacred signs reach a special intensity during holy week, especially during the Sacred Paschal Triduum: Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. 72 hours of observing the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord by prayer, fasting and Liturgy. This is the manner the faithful Catholic appropriates the Paschal Mystery in his life. This is our salvation. This is our identity as Catholics, given the greatest gift possible—Divine Life.
This is one solemn celebration starting Thursday evening of the Lord’s Supper with nightly Adoration. During the morning office on Good Friday we are called to prepare for the Liturgy of the Passion celebrated after 3:00PM. The silence of Holy Saturday prepares us for the Great Easter Vigil when Baptism is renewed and celebrated. We celebrate the Risen Lord and his victory over sin and death on Easter Sunday. Easter Vespers concludes the 72 hour celebration.
The significance and truth of this Paschal Mystery properly observed will lead to a great renewal in the Church. As we are in the midst of a great crisis in our society and growing every day. The call for a deeper faith is the gift that our Lord gives when we pray and worship him as he instituted.