With Weeping and Lamentations: Christ Entombed

The Lamentation Over the Dead Christ by Mantegna

He is in the tomb. Holy Saturday is such a quiet day—a day of reflection and prayer, of introspection, of acute awareness of God’s abiding love.Tomorrow He rises, and we celebrate with colored eggs and chocolate and a sumptuous glazed ham dinner with the people we love.  But for now, we think of this:  of Christ lying still, grey, in the cool gloom of the sepulcher.This painting is titled Lamentation of the Dead Christ, and portrays the body of Christ supine on a marble slab.  He is w … [Read more...]

HOLY THURSDAY: Remembering Jesus’ Gift of Himself in the Eucharist


Brothers and sisters:I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks,broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you.Do this in remembrance of me.”In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood.Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until … [Read more...]

Coming Into the Home Stretch: What Is Holy Week?

By Unknown publisher of Bible Card (http://thebiblerevival.com/clipart46.htm) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Yesterday, Palm Sunday, we welcomed Jesus, waving palm fronds in a reenactment of Christ's jubilant entrance into Jerusalem.  This week will be full of reenactments from Jesus' last week on earth, culminating with a jubilant celebration on Easter.Holy Week—the week from Palm Sunday through Holy Saturday—is a sacred time on the Catholic calendar, for it is the period when we commemorate the last week of Jesus' life on this earth. These are the days leading up to the great Easter Feast. The Len … [Read more...]