The Celebration of Palm Sunday Palm Sunday is a Christian celebration that occurs the Sunday before Easter. It commemorates the days before the last supper when Jesus returned to Jerusalem. Palms are a traditional symbol of peace. Because palms are not available in all climates, other branches may be substituted, lending to alternate names such as Yew or Branch Sunday. Read More Posted on May 31, 2018 by Loretto Chapel
Why is Ash Wednesday Important? According to the Gospels of Mathew, Mark and Luke, Jesus Christ wandered the desert for forty days fasting and resisting temptation. The Gospels of Mathew and Luke recount details of conversations between Jesus and Satan in the desert.
Lent - What You Need to Know Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and exodus into the desert for 40 days. Lent is marked by fasting, both from food and festivities. Many practicing Christians today remove a major source of satisfaction from their life for this period as opposed to the entire fast. Some people give up deserts or other indulgences. Read More Posted on May 28, 2018 by Loretto Chapel
Lord's Prayer Explained This prayer takes a mere 15-20 seconds to say, yet is filled with deep meaning. This prayer perfectly summarizes our faith and what is expressed in the Gospels. On his reflection on this prayer, St. Cyprian of Carthage, a third century bishop wrote, “My dear friends, the Lord’s Prayer contains many great mysteries of our faith. In these few words there is great spiritual meaning, for this summary of divine teaching contains all of our prayers and petitions.” Read More Posted on May 24, 2018 by Loretto Chapel
How to Pray the Rosary The Rosary is a Scripture-based prayer. It begins with the Apostles' Creed, which summarizes the great mysteries of Catholicism. The Our Father, which introduces each mystery, is from the Gospels. The first part of the Hail Mary is the angel's words announcing Jesus Christ's birth and Elizabeth's greeting to Mary. St. Pius V officially added the second part of the Hail Mary. The Mysteries of the Rosary center on the events of Jesus's life. There are four sets of Mysteries: Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and––added by Pope John Paul II in 2002––the Luminous. Read More Posted on May 4, 2018 by Adam