Holy Week begins – Palm Sunday at the Monastery

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Holy Week begins – Palm Sunday at the Monastery

Waters of Baptism

As we began Holy Week the sisters gathered to sing praises with the people of Jerusalem as Jesus rides in as king, passing in splendor through the crowds of excited men and women:

“All glory, laud and honor to thee, Redeemer King
To whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.”

This Holy Week, follow Jesus as the Church remembers the ancient story of love, death and deliverance, and share with Her the light and joy of Easter.

He invites all of us, “Come share in my body and blood, and you will have eternal life in me.”

Telling the Passion
 

We then descend with Jesus into darkness as the Temple leaders scramble to keep the peace under their brutal Roman overlords.  He is arrested, condemned to death, beaten bloody and finally nailed on the cross to die. The red of the military robe placed across his shoulders by mocking soldiers becomes the color of blood in his footprints on the Via Dolorosa and the blood that flows from his wounds and falls to earth as he hangs between heaven and earth, abandoned by all except a few faithful women:

“Stay with me, remain here with me. Watch and pray.”
 

 

In our chapel the red flows in velvet cloth from under the palms before the altar. It flows down from tall earthen jars that recall his first miracle in Cana, where he revealed his true nature as God made human, turning water into good red wine for the refreshment of the wedding guests.

Palms and the Red of Blood Palm and the Jars of Water

He invites all of us, “Come share in my body and blood, and you will have eternal life in me.”

The Body of Christ.  The Blood of Christ.
This Holy Week, follow Jesus as the Church remembers the ancient story of love, death and deliverance, and share with Her the light and joy of Easter.

 

 

 

 

Sister Therese Marie Carson

Therese Marie was born in Detroit, Michigan and spent many years as a microbiologist in Harbor Springs, Michigan before coming to Duluth. She had heard a call to vocation since she was young, and found the courage to surrender to it when her faith in God caught fire and became deep love. She made her First Profession on August 31, 2014, at St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, Minnesota, and looks forward with joy to becoming a perpetually professed Benedictine. She believes with Albert Einstein that, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is.

 

 

 

 

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