PALM SUNDAY OF
THE PASSION OF THE LORD

 

Dear Parishioners

We are now in Holy Week, the final days of our Lenten journey. We are pilgrims nearing the end of our travelling, our searching, at the end of which we hope to encounter our Risen Lord. Let Pope Benedict guide us by his words on Palm Sunday 2007.

Professing the Kingship of Jesus

In the Palm Sunday procession, we join with the crowd of disciples who in festive joy accompany the Lord during his entry into Jerusalem. Like them, we praise the Lord with a loud voice for all the miracles we have seen. Yes, we too have seen and still see today the wonders of Christ: how he brings men and women to renounce the comforts of their lives and devote themselves totally to the service of the suffering; how he gives men and women the courage to oppose violence and deceit, to make room for truth in the world; how, in secret, he persuades men and women to do good to others, to bring about reconciliation where there had been hatred and to create peace where enmity had reigned.

The procession is first and foremost a joyful witness that we bear to Jesus Christ, in whom the Face of God became visible to us, and thanks to whom the Heart of God is open to us. In Luke's Gospel the account of the beginning of the procession in the vicinity of Jerusalem is in part modeled literally on the rite of coronation with which, according to the First Book of Kings, Solomon was invested as heir to David's kingship (cf.1:33-40).

Thus, the procession of the palms is also a procession of Christ the King: We profess the kingship of Jesus Christ; we recognize Jesus as the Son of David, the true Solomon, the King of peace and justice. Recognizing him as King means accepting him as the One who shows us the way, in whom we trust and whom we follow. It means accepting his word day after day as a valid criterion for our life. It means seeing in hi the authority to which we submit. We submit to him because his authority is the authority of the truth.

Holy Land Pilgrimage 21-28 November 2019

I now have details of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. 5 nights in Bethlehem; 2 nights in Tiberias; Half Board, 4* hotels; return flights Manchester-Tel Aviv, Full pilgrimage programme. Cost 990. Extra: Single room 225; Tips 50; Travel insurance 55 no age limit; travel to Manchester airport. For further details contact St Anne's parish office or sign the form at the back of both churches.

Live Simply - Grow a Garden

The Scouts have begun to turn a plot of derelict land at the side of the Parish Centre into a garden. The plot is all enclosed - a walled garden that can be seen from the windows of the lounge - and full of sun. Click here for further information.

 

Click here for Syrian resettlement update.

Click here for list of items needed for the home.


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Newsletter Pastoral Area 14 - Easter 2019

Newsletter Pastoral Area 14 - Easter 2019


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St Anne's Priory
23 Prescot Road, Ormskirk, Lancs, L39 4TG
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