Your Palm Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard for your Mass of Sunday obligation?

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  1. nemo says:

    Father gave the last of four sermons on the Four Last Things. Today was Death. He stated among many other things that all He asks of us is that we return His love. His charity and mercy are unfathomable. All He asks is that we abandon sin. We can know we truly love Christ if we truly abandon sin. If we keep on sinning and make light of it, we do not truly love Christ.

  2. CaliCatholicGuy says:

    Father mentioned only the gospel of St Luke has the exchange between Jesus and the two thieves. Just as St Gesmas asked for forgiveness and pardon (even though he was justly condemned) we too can ask for forgiveness and receive pardon through confession and be with Jesus in paradise too. For we know not the hour or day when we will die and receive our judgement.

  3. robert hightower says:

    Thankfully, Father today gave only announcements, with an exhortation about how participation in Holy Week is important and how it is through liturgy that our personal prayers reach God. Worth mentioning is that the subdeacon, after the procession, gave the traditional triple knock which was removed in the 1955 Holy Week, and that the Weeping Tone was used at the last part of the Passion account which I hear from various chant folks is rarely used anymore

  4. Bthompson says:

    I opted for a period of silence, as the OF Missal allows.

  5. BrionyB says:

    We had no sermon at all. I wondered whether that was a tradition for Palm Sunday, but possibly it was just to limit the length of the Mass, as the blessing of palms and procession plus reading of the Passion made it longer than usual?

    Interestingly, I didn’t even notice the lack of a sermon at the time; it only occurred to me later in the day that there hadn’t been one!

  6. Diana says:

    We didn’t have a sermon, either. But the deacon who chanted the Gospel–except for Jesus’ parts, natch–did a fantastic job. We are very blessed. The entire Mass was so moving, as it always is.

  7. Philmont237 says:

    Father James Dean (yes, James Dean), pastor at St. Joseph Parish In Prattville, AL, spoke about why our practice during the Easter season will be to pray Mass ad orientem!

    He gave all the usual reasons. I literally cried tears of joy while pumping my fists.

  8. LeeGilbert says:

    After reading the Passion by himself in its entirety, Father offered a one sentence sermon: “Sometimes we don’t know that someone loves us, because we don’t stop and listen and watch.” He then went on to offer the Mass and certainly he had my attention fixed on what the Lord was then doing.

  9. e.e. says:

    Sermon was about the highs and lows of Holy Week. High: Jesus entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. And then, within a few short days, the betrayal, arrest, crucifixion and death of Jesus. How many of the people in the crowd yelling “Crucify him!” had welcomed Him into Jerusalem just a few days before?

  10. Sword40 says:

    We are Blessed in that we had a Solemn High Mass. Fr Longua, our pastor, served as Deacon, and our Fr. Brodsky served as celebrant. The FSSP seminary sent us a 5 year Seminarian. (I missed his name) to serve as SubDeacon. We are all very excited for the Triduum this year. The choir is working hard and we have a total of almost 30 altar boys. They are divided into teams with each team having 3-4 experienced lads and 6-7 trainees. This should provide all of them with some time off as the liturgical season can be pretty tough and the boys.

    Fr. Longua is a super homilist and again just “blew” us away with explaining what was happening in the Gospel and the “why” it was being sung now.

    My wife and I have name Passion-tide and the Triduum, our season of “liturgical overload. Love it.

  11. maternalView says:

    We had an excellent sermon. Father contrasted the two gospels. He asked us also to consider Peter’s behavior compared to the good thief’s and where are we with our behavior? Does our behavior actually put us with those who shouted “Crucify him!”? He exhorted us to make this a HOLY week and told us to go to confession.

  12. JonPatrick says:

    At our Byzantine Rite Palm Sunday, Father reminded us that people sometimes go from the celebration of Jesus triumphal entry to the celebration of the resurrection without contemplating what is in between. We cannot have the resurrection without the cross.

  13. LarryW2LJ says:

    Father pointed to the Crucifix hanging above the altar and reminded us that you can’t celebrate the Resurrection without the Cross – and that there HAS to be a body on the Cross. An empty cross just won’t do. The only way to Resurrection and Salvation is through Jesus and His Sacrifice – that He made for each and every single one of us. Are we willing to follow Him and His example?

  14. Patrick71 says:

    No sermon.

  15. I was brief. I encouraged everyone to give each other tbe gift of silence this week so we can reflect on Holy Week. I invited everyone to confession and to the Triduum, “the heart of the heart of our faith.”

  16. Imrahil says:

    Well, no, there was not a good point in the sermon, because there was no sermon.

    However, we were truly blessed to celebrate, by permission of the Holy See, to celebrate the Palm Sunday liturgy in (almost) all its 1954 glory, missa sicca and all.

    And having the longer form of the Passion (including the Last Supper etc.) and the general Old-Rite practice to stand to it as to the Gospel, not sit down like the Novus Ordo practice, and because – I say that not wishing to brag, but merely to explain – ever since my military service I try (somewhat) to do so in “at attention” posture (apart from the hands which are, of course, folded in front), I experienced a rather interesting lesson about the redemption which our Lord’s death on the Cross brought.

    I was, finally, able to kneel down.

    A big kudos, as our reverend host would say, to the wisdom inherent in the liturgy.

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