Entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday)

Commemorated on April 25 Palm Sunday Palm Sunday is the celebration of the triumphant entrance of Christ into the royal city of Jerusalem. He rode on a colt for which He Himself had sent, and He permitted the people to hail Him publicly as a king. A large crowd met Him in a manner befitting royalty, … [Read more…]

Keep Shouting Hosanna!

Children scrambling up trees to cut branches they will wave, people spreading their garments in the road for the King to ride on and shouting, “Hosanna!” These are the joyful images of welcome we associate with the Entrance of Christ into Jerusalem. Yet we know that in a few days, some of the same spectators … [Read more…]

The Raising of Lazarus (Lazarus Saturday)

Commemorated on April 24 Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday Visible triumphs are few in the earthly life of our Lord Jesus Christ. He preached a kingdom “not of this world.” At His nativity in the flesh there was “no room at the inn.” For nearly thirty years, while He grew “in wisdom and in stature, and … [Read more…]

5th Sunday of Great Lent: St Mary of Egypt

Commemorated on April 18 Saint Zosimas (April 4) was a monk at a certain Palestinian monastery on the outskirts of Caesarea. Having dwelt at the monastery since his childhood, he lived there in asceticism until he reached the age of fifty-three. Then he was disturbed by the thought that he had attained perfection, and needed no … [Read more…]