Monthly Archives: March 2015

Holy Week Is Upon Us

Hope you all had a very Blessed Palm Sunday!!  Holy Week is officially upon us.  Now is a great time to refocus and recenter ourselves on what Lent and Easter are truly all about.

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Decorating Olive Branches for Palm Sunday

Time for the yearly tradition of decorating the olive branches for Palm Sunday

Time for the yearly tradition of decorating the olive branches for Palm Sunday

The last few years on the Saturday before Palm Sunday, a group of us gets together to carry on a tradition of our Italian ancestors, which is to decorate olive branches with ribbons and candies.  It’s a day I always look forward to.  We know that Holy Week is upon us with the Resurrection and Easter just around the corner.

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Seven Churches Visitation on Holy Thursday

Altar of Repose at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church in Down Neck Newark

Altar of Repose at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church in Down Neck Newark

It’s an ancient tradition to visit Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament on the Altar of Repose at seven churches on the evening of Holy Thursday following the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.  The tradition is believed to have started in Rome, Italy.  The faithful would make a pilgrimage to the seven Roman basilicas: St. John Lateran (San Giovanni Laterano), St. Peter’s Basilica (San Pietro), St. Mary Major (Santa Maria Maggiore), St. Paul Outside the Walls (San Paolo fuori le mura), St. Sebastian (San Sebastiano), St. Lawrence Outside the Walls (San Lorenzo fuori le mura), Santa Croce in Jerusalem (Santa Croce in Gerusalemme).  They would pray and spend some time “keeping watch” at each church. Continue reading

A Still Small Voice

The Most Blessed Sacrament at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church’s Adoration Chapel in Ridgewood, NJ

What a beautiful & reverent Holy Hour this evening at our local parish.  Father Mike’s homily on the three profound silences was spot on.  In our day & age of constant noise & distraction, there is something special about sitting quietly before Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.   Continue reading