Catholics from around the country celebrated Palm Sunday, also known as Passion Sunday, in the Christian tradition, the first day of Holy Week and the Sunday before Easter, in commemorating Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
Thousands gathered at Holy Cross Cathedral for the Holy Mass and witnessed this great event.
The liturgy at 9am began with a blessing and procession of palms.
The reading of the Passion taken fromMark 14:1-15:47readby His Grace Archbishop Christopher Cardone OP and two Parishioners.
Archbishop Cardone during his homily encouraged the Holy Cross parishioners to continue to pray during the Holy week.
“Today we gathered to begin the week of Holy Week, let us give thanks to God for his life death and resurrection.”
He also encouraged Christians to join the coming Easter Triduum.
“This will help us to increase Faith, Hope and Love.
“Let this week be a time of Prayer and not a time of doing what we want to do for ourselves but rather for the will of God.”
He explained that Holy Thursday is when Catholics commemorate Last Supper of Jesus Christ with His Disciples and washing of the feet, in imitation of Jesus’ washing of the feet of his 12 disciples at the Last Supper; and for Holy Cross Parish the Holy Mass will be at 7pm.
He added that on Good Friday will be the Passion of Christ, which commemorates Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross; it is traditionally a day of sorrow, penance, and fasting.
Therefore, youth at Holy Cross will carry out an enactment of the Passion of Christ that will start at 9am at the Holy Compound, followed with Veneration of the Cross at 3pm.
Easter Sunday is the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection, according to the Gospels, on the third day after his crucifixion. Therefore, Holy Mass for the Resurrection will be as normal Sunday Mass Schedule.
The Beautiful Liturgy and singing was led by Holy Cross Youths.