by Sr. Carol J. Crater, SHF

Palm Sunday’s procession into the church with palms and cries of “Hosanna” began our celebration of Holy Week, our ritual commemoration of the last week of Jesus’ life before his saving death and resurrection. How easily the crowd moved from cries of “Hosanna!” to cries of “Crucify him!” How easily we ourselves moved from cries of “Hosanna!” to cries of “Crucify him!” just a few minutes later as we read the Passion from this year’s Gospel, Mark.

Monday evening brings the celebration of the Mass of the Oils, celebrated at one of the larger churches in the Diocese. At this annual Mass, the Bishop blesses the Oil of Catechumens, the Oil of the Sick and the Sacred Chrism, the three oils that will be distributed to parishes of the Diocese for the anointings that will occur during the coming year. Also at the Mass of the Oils, the priests of the diocese renew their commitment.