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Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns

By • Catholic Online • 3/30/2010

Let this mystery teach us to accept mockery and scorn for being disciples of Jesus. CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic Online) - 3rd Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns "They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. And they began to call out to him, "Hail, ...


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Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar

By • Catholic Online • 3/30/2010

Every agonizing moment of pain he endured was to secure my peace. His punishment, my freedom.My impurities are not beaten out of me; they were beaten out of Him. CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic Online) - Jennifer Hartline continues her series of reflections on the Sorrowful Mysteries: 2nd Sorrowful ...


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Young Catholics and Moral Relativism

By • Zenit News Agency • 3/29/2010

Overcoming the allure of relativism with a message of truth has been a consistent project of Pope Benedict. NEW HAVEN, CT.  (Zenit.org) - Twenty-five years ago, Pope John Paul II inaugurated the celebration of World Youth Day -- to be celebrated on Palm Sunday each year. He understood -- as ...


With You, there is only life.  Even death can no longer harm me because Your wondrous cross has rendered it powerless.

The 5th Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion

By • Catholic Online • 3/29/2010

This Sorrowful pilgrimage now brings me here to this lonely hill.  Help me, Lord... I really don't want to die. WASHINGTON, D.C.(Catholic Online) - The 5th Sorrowful Mystery:  The Crucifixion"When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals ...


Holy Week is the most important week of the year

Palm Sunday: Coming Face to Face with Jesus

By • Catholic Online • 3/29/2010

When we encounter Jesus and the Gospel, we immediately sense that we are dealing with something that is not of this world.  CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (CATHOLIC ONLINE) - When we encounter Jesus and the Gospel, we immediately sense that we are dealing with something that is not of this world.  ...


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Lenten Reflection: Fifth Station of the Cross: Re-visiting Our Role on Calvary

By • Catholic Online • 3/29/2010

'I'll show you what will happen to the wood...Stay with Me, all the way to the end'. DETROIT, MI (Catholic Online) - Abortion places a heavy load on our society. The damage thatīs done to it by an economy that deals in death makes everyone thirst for justice. We watch as our nation's lifeblood is ...


We are all prodigals on our Journey home to the father's house.

Fr. James Farfaglia: Lent and Our Spiritual Progress

By • Catholic Online • 3/29/2010

A serious Lent is like a spring cleaning in which we cleanse our souls of the clutter that has been accumulating there. CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - Without a doubt, Lent is the most demanding time of the year for the true disciple of Christ.  Lent provides us an ...


Admit your guilt in God's sight.  Then with good heart, with courage and confidence in His mercy, start over again.

Peter and Judas: A Lesson in Hope and Humility

By • Catholic Online • 3/28/2010

Betraying Jesus wasn't the worst thing Judas did.  His ruin came because he lost hope.  His fate was not sealed by his kiss, but by his pride. WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) -  "Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Greetings Rabbi!" and kissed him.  Jesus replied, "Friend, ...


It is often those times and circumstances that become the very path to holiness if we learn to love as He loves. Our Christian vocation is to live as He lives, to love as He loves and to thereby become 'holy' as He is holy. We are invited to embrace the way of surrendered love.

Why is this Week Called Holy? Take This Cup

By • Catholic Online • 3/26/2010

We all experience "Gethsemanes" in our own lives; times of difficulty, deep sorrow, loss, distress, fear and anguish. CHESAPEAKE, VA. (Catholic Online) - "Then going out he went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. When he arrived at the place he ...


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The Sorrowful Mysteries: Agony in the Garden

By • Catholic Online • 3/26/2010

There is so much to be gained from thoughtfully considering, and yes, dwelling on the events leading to Calvary. CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - From now until Easter we offer all our rosary prayers within the context of the Sorrowful Mysteries. I have found throughout my life a tendency to ...





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'So it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead' - Luke 24:46

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption. continue reading


Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in all four canonical Gospels. (Mark 11:1.11, Matthew 21:1.11, Luke 19:28.44, and John 12:12.19) ... continue reading


Holy Week

On Palm Sunday, we celebrate the first joy of the season, as we celebrate Our Lord's triumphant entrance into Jerusalem where he was welcomed by crowds worshiping him and laying down palm leaves before him. It also marks the beginning of Holy Week... continue reading


Holy Thursday

HOLY THURSDAY is the most complex and profound of all religious observances. It celebrates his last supper with the disciples, a celebration of Passover ... continue reading


Good Friday

On Good Friday, each member of the Church tries to understand at what cost Christ has won our redemption. In the solemn ceremonies of Holy Week we unite ourselves to our Savior, and we contemplate our own death to sin in the Death of our Lord ... continue reading


Easter Sunday

Easter is the principal feast of the ecclesiastical year. Leo I (Sermo xlvii in Exodum) calls it the greatest feast (festum festorum), and says that Christmas is celebrated only in preparation for Easter. It is the centre of the greater part of the ecclesiastical year ... continue reading


Fasting and Abstinence

For most people the easiest practice to consistently fulfill will be the traditional one, to abstain from meat on all Fridays of the year. During Lent abstinence from meat on Fridays is obligatory in the United States as elsewhere. Christ Himself said that His disciples would fast once He had departed (Lk. 5:35). continue reading


FAQs About Lent

Everything answered from when does lent end, ashes, giving something up, stations of the cross and blessed palms. The key to understanding the meaning of Lent is simple: Baptism... continue reading


Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross refers to the depiction of the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus, and the devotion commemorating the Passion. First Station: Jesus is condemned to death... pray the stations now


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Lent / Easter News

  • 5th Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion
    Jennifer Hartline - Catholic Online, 4/18/2014

    This Sorrowful pilgrimage now brings me here to this lonely hill. All the agony, the beatings and the bleeding have led me somewhere I do not want to go; somewhere I resist going with all my ...Continue Reading

  • 4th Sorrowful Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross
    Jennifer Hartline - Catholic Online, 4/18/2014

    I wonder if perhaps it was tempting for Jesus to just lie down on the dirt road and die right there. Completely sapped of strength and in agonizing pain, I wonder if He was tempted by the ...Continue Reading

  • 3rd Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns
    Jennifer Hartline - Catholic Online, 4/18/2014

    Humiliation, in one form or another, is part of the package.  It is only avoidable if we decide to deny Christ. WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - 3rd Sorrowful Mystery:  The Crowning ...Continue Reading

  • Good Friday Reflection on the Nature of Sin
    Michael Terheyden - Catholic Online, 4/18/2014

    The Passion of Christ represents the most atrocious miscarriage of justice in all of human history. So when we come face to face with the crucified Christ on Good Friday, it is only natural for us to ...Continue Reading

Good Friday

  • Good Friday

    On Good Friday, the entire Church fixes her gaze on the Cross at Calvary. Each member of the Church tries to understand at what cost Christ has won our redemption.

    The Cross

    In the symbol of the Cross we can see the magnitude of the human tragedy, the ravages of original sin, and the infinite love of God. Learn More

Ash Wednesday

  • Ash Wednesday

    Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.

    The Ashes

    The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense. Learn More

Stations of the Cross

  • Stations of the Cross

    Stations of the Cross refers to the depiction of the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus, and the devotion commemorating the Passion.

    Opening Prayer

    ACT OF CONTRITION. O my God, my Redeemer, behold me here at Thy feet. From the bottom of my heart... Pray the Stations

Fasting & Abstinence

  • 'Christ Himself said that His disciples would fast once He had departed' Lk. 5:35

    Abstinence. The law of abstinence requires a Catholic 14 years of age until death to abstain from eating meat on Fridays in honor of the Passion of Jesus on Good Friday. Salt and freshwater species of fish, amphibians, reptiles and shellfish are permitted.

    Fasting. The law of fasting requires a Catholic from the 18th Birthday (Canon 97) to the 59th Birthday (i.e. the beginning of the 60th year, a year which will be completed on the 60th birthday) to reduce the amount of food eaten from normal. The Church defines this as one meal a day, and two smaller meals which if added together would not exceed the main meal.
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