Your Sunday Sermon Notes: Palm Sunday

Too many people today are without good, strong preaching, to the detriment of all. Share the good stuff.

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

Tell about attendance especially for the Traditional Latin Mass.  I hear that it is growing.  Of COURSE.

Procession today?  1962?  Pre-55?

Any local changes or (hopefully good) news?

Those of you who regularly viewed my live-streamed daily Masses – with their fervorini – for over a year, you might drop me a line.

I have some written remarks about the TLM Mass for this Sunday – HERE

About the VEILING OF IMAGES AND STATUES you saw in church, let’s have a POLL, continued from last week.  If you haven’t answered yet, please do.

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For this 1st Sunday of the Passion (5th Sunday of Lent) - 2022 - I saw in church that:

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  1. Rob83 says:

    1962 rubrics, no change locally from prior years, which counts as good news.

    Did look over the pre-1955 rubrics and I have to say pre-1955 makes much more logical sense than 1962’s. The way things played out with the 1962 today, there was no Asperges and no Confiteor since the 2nd one was not done at communion. Both would have been done pre-1955 since the rubrics there didn’t cut out anything that would normally be done on Sunday.

    Ironically, with the schola doing the chanting, it would have added next to zero time to include the prayers at the foot of the altar since the priest had to pause a long time after incensing the altar waiting for the Introit and Kyrie chants to finish up where normally both are finishing the Kyrie about the same time.

  2. maternalView says:

    Father begged us to offer this Mass in reparation to the Sacred Heart.

    It was a TLM low Mass. No procession. Deacon read the Gospel in English while Father did it at the altar in Latin. Can I say what a pleasure it was to hear the Palm Sunday Gospel READ by one person instead of being a presentation with a cast of readers? I always resented being cast as part of the Jesus hating crowd and so many years ago I stopped joining in the crowd responses.

  3. matt from az says:

    I don’t really count because I attend the NOM at the local parish rather than the TLM because my wife and mother-in-law are Pentecostal. The TLM scares the bejesus out of them and so I attend the NOM against my will so that they will join me and the kids for Mass.

    We had a procession. Mildly hokey, but not as bad as the NOM can be. Sermon was surprisingly good; however I felt the impact was diminished by the priest ending it by saying, “got it? Good!” It elicited a chuckle from the congregation and I thought it was a shame because he had such powerful words regarding the epistle and the chuckle undermined the gravity of the topic and his sermon.

    My son served today’s mass and is signed up to serve Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. He is very excited about it. I collected money, by far the most important job in a Catholic Church.

    The music was as terrible as one could expect from the NOM. Not a single traditional Lenten or Palm Sunday hymn was sung. All contemporary schlock. My suffering was exquisite.

    All statues and images were covered in purple cloth.

    As for the modern dialogue reading of the gospel. I used to hate it until I realized that I would have been thrilled when Pilate set Barabbas free and condemned Jesus. It’s uncomfortable, and most people don’t want to have that hard look in the mirror. We prefer to lie to ourselves and tell ourselves we’re better than we really are. Yes, I’m ashamed and that’s the whole point of admitting it.
    The NOM makes it easy to tell ourselves these comfortable lies—except on Palm Sunday reading the Gospel narrative.

  4. Grant M says:

    Still no offline Mass for me, but in compensation, online Blessing of Palms, Procession and Mass, done according to the pre-1955 rites, to my surprise.

    Father’s brief sermon after reading the Gospel (Matthew chapters 26 and 27 in their entirety) gave us five questions for self-examination, based on the events of Holy Week.
    Does Jesus weep over my sinful soul as he wept over Jerusalem?
    Am I a barren fig tree?
    Will Jesus have to cleanse my heart with his whip as he cleansed the Temple?
    Do I welcome Jesus into my heart as Lord, Savior and King?
    Am I like the humble donkey that carried our Lord into Jerusalem?

  5. exNOAAman says:

    TLM and Procession, 1 lap around outside the church. No homily, due to time.
    Went to the historic chapel at our NO parish, and every statue is veiled. Curiously, the (also historic) TLM church is not.

  6. Jim says:

    Pre-1955 Liturgy with a nice long procession. Thankful the rain and snow held off until today. Good turnout at the Mass. I was particularly moved by the old tradition of singing Gloria, laus et honor antiphonally through the locked church doors, then having the crucifer bang on the church door three times with the foot of the crucifix pole; beautiful imagery there that I was not aware of until this year.

  7. Gregg the Obscure says:

    i’m sorry that i can’t do it justice, but Archbishop Aquila again proved himself a worthy successor to the apostles (Cathedral 1030 – 19 men and boys at the altar!).

    Abp. took as his starting point the second reading. the Lord found equality with God something not to be grasped – a direct contrast with our first parents who attempted to grasp equality with God and by so doing were captured by the adversary*, as were we. that captivity manifests itself in many ways, in addictions, use of pornography, aberrant sexual practices, dishonesty, greed, rage. In Baptism we were made a new creation. That grace is renewed in each confession. Earnest admonition to get to confession.

    * there’s been an ongoing archdiocesan communications campaign conspicuosly using that specific turn of phrase

  8. I always give a brief homily on Palm Sunday. Even if the longer readings make for a tough schedule — three Masses back to back — I also find my own energy less than it used to be.

    As in past years, I implored people to focus in on Holy Week, especially the Triduum. I called attention to many opportunities for confession.

  9. adriennep says:

    We were blessed with a pre-1955 Palm Sunday Mass with blessing of palms (kneeling to receive palm with a kiss of priest’s hand) and procession around several downtown city blocks, with banging on the church door with the end of the cross to be let in again. As many people attending as normal, despite being warned it would take at least three hours. Priest is about 32 years old and a convert. His chanting of the Passion alone took 50 minutes. There are more families there with lots of young children and babies than old folk. I didn’t hear one baby cry.

    This diocesan Latin Mass community is the only one in the lower half of the State, however. Archbishop Sample has committed training and resources to it, and we are very grateful.

  10. Thomas says:

    Our statues were all veiled at our parish chapel (FSSP). However, I went to the cathedral today for the chrism mass, and none of the statues was veiled. It seemed odd for Holy Week.

  11. Charivari Rob says:

    Mostly drawing a blank on the veiling on Sunday. Statues along the sides and back of church weren’t veiled yet, but can’t remember about the sanctuary itself.
    Made time the day before to drop-in at another parish’s Adoration chapel – everything was already veiled in there.

    We had pseudo-visiting priest for Mass. Order/house that mostly works in a nearby city, but does some in our city & neighborhood and rotates some weekend help for our pastor. This young man was recently ordained, marking his first Holy Week as a priest. Good preaching on Anticipation, and what exactly we think we’re getting. He kept it short – wrapped up just when I felt like he had gotten in his stride and could have gone on well at greater length.

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