The Pinnacle of Faith!

What is the pinnacle of our Catholic Faith? The answer: the Easter Triduum, which starts on the evening of Holy Thursday and concludes on the evening of Easter Sunday. Although these events occur on three consecutive days, together, they represent one liturgical event which marks the unfolding of Christ’s Paschal Mystery. Included is Holy Thursday’s Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Good Friday’s Passion of the Lord, and Easter Sunday’s Celebration of the Resurrection. Please join me on a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land, as we walk with Jesus, from His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, to His Passion, Death and glorious Resurrection. My hope is that this journey will somehow enhance your Holy Week Celebration, as you anticipate and encounter the real presence of our Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Enjoy!

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Paved road, on the Mount of Olives, where Jesus entered into the city of Jerusalem, riding on a donkey, to the lavish praise of the townspeople shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Mark 11:9). Celebrating Him as their promised Messiah, they threw clothes and palm branches in front of Him in homage.

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The Chapel of Dominus Flevit, on the Mount of Olives, where Jesus wept for Jerusalem. As He came within sight of the city, Jesus “wept over it and said: ‘If only you had known the path to peace this day; but you have completely lost it from view!'” (Luke 19:41-42).

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The Beautiful Gate, contained within the present wall built by the Turks in the 17th century, is the gate that Christians venerate as the entry point of Jesus after His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, celebrated on Palm Sunday.

 

 

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Remains of the Jewish Temple where Jesus entered and “overturned the money changers’ tables” saying, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples, but you have turned it into a den of thieves.” (Mark 11:15 and 17)

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This Upper Room in Jerusalem marks the proposed location where the Last Supper took place as well as the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (50 days after Easter). 

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Garden of Gethsemani, located on the Mount of Olives, where Jesus suffered His agony and was arrested. “Father, if this cannot pass me by without my drinking it, your will be done!” (Matthew 26:42) 

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View of the Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemani, and the adjacent Church of All Nations, marking the site of Christ’s agony. 

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Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, built over the house of the high priest, Caiaphas, where Jesus was interrogated and detained prior to His Crucifixion. This location also marks the place where Peter denied the Lord three times. The Latin word Gallicantu actually means,  “cock crow”.

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The Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow in Latin) is a street within the Old City of Jerusalem, believed to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to death by Crucifixion.

 

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The interior of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built atop Golgotha, which means Skull Place, where Jesus was Crucified. (Matthew 27:32-38). Above: Location where Jesus was nailed to the Cross. Below: Location of Christ’s death by Crucifixion.  

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The interior of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Above: The anointing stone, believed to be the place where Jesus’ body was prepared for burial.  Below: The Holy Sepulcher, built atop the currently empty grave site of Jesus, for on the 3rd day, Jesus rose from the dead.

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The Easter Day Celebration continues until the following Sunday’s celebration of Divine Mercy, referred to as the Solemnity of Mercy Sunday. Here, we recall that God’s mercy is infinite and open to all who simply approach Him in trust. “Jesus, I trust in you!” Due to the central importance and tremendous graces available during this pinnacle time period in our liturgical calendar, I will not post my next Friday blog until April 28th. I wish you and your family a wonderful Easter filled with peace, joy, hope and the endless mercy of Jesus Christ.

 

Closing 3:00 p.m. prayer for Divine Mercy.

Eternal Father, I offer You, the Body and Blood, soul and divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and the sins of the entire world.

For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the entire world. (Repeat two more times).

Jesus, I trust in You.

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The Wounds of Darkness in Need of The Healing Touch of Mercy.

Chapter Three: Darkness Disguised as Light.

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The northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus reinstated Peter as chief among HIs Apostles.

Virtual Pilgrimage Locations: Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu in Jerusalem and Church of the Primacy of St. Peter in Galilee.

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Chapter Three: Darkness Disguised as Light.

The baby girl, now eight years old, pulled up to the gym, parked her bike in the nearby bike rack and tried to enter. Finding the gym locked, she headed for the playground until someone arrived. A few minutes later, she saw a car pulling into a nearby parking spot and looked to see who would get out. Something odd happened next. Instead of seeing someone step out of the car, she saw the car window lowering, heard a series of honks and noticed a middle aged man waving her towards him. Figuring that someone needed her help, she ran on over to the car. The man leaned towards the passenger side window, told her about his lost puppy and asked if she would not mind helping him find his little friend. Heart broken for the man, she willingly got into the passenger seat as he locked the doors. Evil, disguised as an angel of light, was about to cast the first shadow of darkness in this little girl’s brightly lit world. It took her three long years to finally confide in her parents about the transpired events of that random Tuesday afternoon. Although they reassured her of their love and gave her all the support they could, these scars of darkness remained hidden and in great need of the Healing Touch of God’s Mercy!

Virtual Pilgrimage Locations: Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu in Jerusalem and Church of the Primacy of St. Peter in Galilee.

Mark 14:70-72. A little later, the bystanders said to Peter once more, “You are certainly one of them! You are a Galilean, are you not?” He began to curse, and to swear, “I do not even know the man you are talking about!” Just then a second cockcrow was heard and Peter recalled the prediction Jesus had made to him, “Before the cock crows twice you will deny me three times.” He broke down and began to cry.

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The Church of St. Peter of Gallicantu takes its name from the Latin word “Gallicantu”, meaning cock’s crow, in commemoration of Peter’s triple rejection of Jesus. This Byzantine shrine, dedicated to Peter’s repentance, was erected on this spot in 457 AD. Destroyed by the Muslim Fatimid Caliph in 1010, it was rebuilt by Crusaders in 1102 and then again in 1931. Today, a golden rooster protrudes prominently from the roof in honor of Peter’s denial and remorse. This site is also thought to be the location of the High Priest Caiaphas’ palace, where Jesus was interrogated, whipped and held the night before his sentencing by Pilate. On the northern side of the church is an ancient staircase that leads down towards the Kidron Valley, where it is believed Jesus walked towards His death by Crucifixion.

John 21:15-17. When they had eaten their meal, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” At which Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” A second time he put his question, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus replied, “Tend my sheep.” A third time Jesus asked him, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because he had asked a third time, “Do you love me?” So he said to him: “Lord, you know everything. You know well that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.”

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The Church of the Primacy of St. Peter, a Franciscan church located in Tabgha, Israel, commemorates the spot where Jesus reinstated Peter as chief among the Apostles. The modern structure was built in 1933 and incorporates parts of an earlier 4th century church. Once known as the Place of the Coals, it marks the spot where Jesus built a charcoal fire on which to cook the fish for his Apostles. Inside the Church is a projection of limestone rock venerated as a “Mensa Christi”, Latin for table of Christ. According to tradition, this is the spot where Jesus is said to have appeared to the Apostles the third time after His Resurrection, laid out a breakfast of bread and fish for them after the miraculous catch, and told Peter, three times, to “Feed my sheep” in reconciliation for His earlier transgressions.

Closing 3:00 p.m. prayer for Divine Mercy: Eternal Father, I offer you, the Body and Blood, soul and divinity of your dearly beloved Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and the sins of the entire world.

For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the entire world.             (repeat 2 more times)

Jesus, I trust in You.

To learn more about my new book, entitled, The Healing Eyes of Mercy. A Journey Towards the Light of God’s Love, please click on the link below.

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