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Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's processes into the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's homily during the 2017 Chrism Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.  

Holy Week: Prayer, reflection, traditions mark the pinnacle of the Church

The risen Christ is depicted in the painting “Resurrection” by 15th-century Italian master Andrea Mantegna.

In Holy Week, we honor the pinnacle of the Catholic faith, when Jesus rose from the dead as part of God's salvific plan for humanity. This is bigger than Christmas. It's a reminder of His infinite mercy for us, and a time in which we grow closer to Him in love.

Read more about the Holy Week traditions at www.stlouisreview.com/holy-week

Palm Sunday

Holy Week is memorial of God’s infinite mercy

Pope Francis blessed a woman while meeting the disabled at his general audience March 23 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — God's love is limitless and Holy Week services offer Catholics a deeper understanding of his infinite mercy, Pope Francis said.

The Easter Triduum is a memorial to a love story "that gives us the certainty that we will never be abandoned in life's trials," he said at his weekly general audience March 23 in St. Peter's Square.

Holy Week is memorial of God’s infinite mercy, pope says at audience

Francis blessed a woman while meeting the disabled during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican March 23.

VATICAN CITY — God's love is limitless and Holy Week services offer Catholics a deeper understanding of his infinite mercy, Pope Francis said.

The Easter Triduum is a memorial to a love story "that gives us the certainty that we will never be abandoned in life's trials," he said at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square March 23.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Chrism Mass is a great Catholic tradition

Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Rice celebrated a memorial Mass in honor of the four Missionaries of Charity murdered March 4 in Yemen. The Mass at Sts. Teresa and Bridget, the parish served by the local Missionaries of Charity in St. Louis, was one of three memorial Masses celebrated March 14 in St. Louis.

Anointing, in Biblical and other ancient symbolism, is rich in meaning: Oil is a sign of abundance and joy; it cleanses (anointing before and after a bath) and limbers (the anointing of athletes and wrestlers); oil is a sign of healing, since it is soothing to bruises and wounds; and it makes radiant with beauty, health, and strength. Anointing with oil has all these meanings in the sacramental life (CCC 1293-4).

Most people know about the big celebrations of Holy Week — Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, Easter Mass.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Walk with Jesus this Holy Week

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

On Palm Sunday, we journey with Jesus through the final week of His earthly life. As He travels to Jerusalem on a donkey, the people were spreading their cloaks on the road, "praising God aloud with joy for all the mighty deeds they had seen. They proclaimed, 'Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.'" This echoes the angels in Bethlehem who proclaimed His birth. The rest of the Palm Sunday readings tell a different story.

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