Two popes, two Palm Sundays—UPDATED

An interesting study in contrasts. UPDATE: A reader asks: “Where are Francis’ deacons?” I found this shot below. The reader wondered about why deacons shown above with Benedict were wearing mitres. I suspect they are cardinals (or bishops) serving as deacons for the liturgy.  However, the deacon proclaiming the gospel below is most likely a [Read More...]

Pope Francis’ homily for Palm Sunday: “Children, burial shrouds don’t have pockets”

That’s one of the improvised anecdotes that the Holy Father dropped into his remarks today: Pope Francis celebrated his first Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square, encouraging people to be humble and young at heart, as tens of thousands joyfully waved olive branches and palm fronds. The square overflowed with some 250,000 pilgrims, tourists [Read More...]

“Palm Sunday”: a terrific short film

Take and see. Below is an award-winning short film that I suspect will resonate with a lot of people. [Read more...]

My church, Palm Sunday

I’m the one in the pulpit. This was taken from the choir loft.  Thank you, Regina! [Read more...]

“Hosanna, Hey-sanna…”

If you haven’t gotten enough “Hosannas” today, here are a couple more. The top clip is from the 1973 movie version of “Jesus Christ, Superstar.”  The second clip is from the 2000 stage revival, which was later adapted for video. The two make for an interesting comparison — different “Superstars” for different generations and different [Read More...]

Homily for April 1, 2012: Palm Sunday

[Click here for readings.] When I was a kid, this was always a busy week. There was planning for the big meal next Sunday. Would it be ham or lamb? Some years, I’d have a new suit – usually a couple sizes too big, so I could grow into it. My mother would be cleaning [Read More...]

Got a minute? Make a cross

If you’re wondering what to do with those long, leafy fronds you got at church today, here’s the answer. It shows you, in one minute, how to turn a palm leaf into a cross. Meantime, the truly ambitious can try the designs at this website.  (Thanks, Shana!) [Read more...]

My Palm Sunday

At my parish in Queens. Masses were pretty full, but not as crowded as last year.  I was there for four of the five weekend masses. (Served and preached at two, assisted with communion at the others.)  Everything went beautifully — and none of the readers made the blunder I was anticipating: pronouncing “buffeted” as [Read More...]

Homily for April 17, 2011: Palm Sunday

It feels good to sit down, doesn’t it? When I was a kid, I was impatient.  I used to dread going to church on Palm Sunday.  There was a long mass and all the standing for the gospel, and I couldn’t wait to sit down. It was probably the only Sunday I looked forward to [Read More...]

Bracing for "The Week That Was"

We’re sliding into one of the busiest times for parishes, but it can be easy to forget what it’s really about. From this week’s “All Things New”: Back in the 1960s, there was a TV show called “That Was the Week That Was,” which satirized current events. It was a precursor to “Saturday Night Live” [Read More...]


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