Monthly Archives - March 2016

Is Holy Thursday a Holy Day of Obligation?

The short answer is no. While it is not technically a holy day of obligation, it is a beautiful Catholic Mass to attend. Holy Thursday, part of Holy Week, is one of the most significant and profound celebrations of the Catholic Church. The mass on Holy Thursday, also called the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, celebrates the institution of the Eucharist, the source and summit of the Catholic faith. On top of that, it also commemorates the institution of the [...]

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Holy Week Timeline

Holy Week Timeline: Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday

While Holy Week marks the final week of Jesus’ earthly life, it is also the end of the Catholic Liturgical season of Lent on Holy Thursday and the 40 day Lenten fast on Holy Saturday. The week begins with Palm Sunday. The exact timeline is debatable but here is a possible timeline of Jesus’ final week: Palm Sunday On the Sunday before his death, Jesus began his trip to Jerusalem. Nearing the village of Bethphage, He sent two of his disciples [...]

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Lectio Divina scripture prayer

How to Do Lectio Divina: Catholic Meditative Prayer

What is Lectio Divina? Lectio Divina, pronounced LEK-tsea-ho di-VEEN-ah, is a latin term meaning “divine reading” and is a Catholic meditative form of prayer.  The process is a slow, reflective praying of the Scriptures which enables the Word of God, to unify us with God…to be a fruitful source for growing our relationship with Him. The person praying the Lectio Divina is more communicating or sharing Scripture with God instead of the typical studying of passages that is usually found [...]

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