March 17, 2024, Fifth Sunday of Lent and St. Patrick, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

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Friends of the Rosary:

Previously called “Passion Sunday,” this Fifth Sunday of Lent marks the beginning of Passiontide — the last two weeks of Lent. It commemorates the suffering of Christ (Latin passio = “suffering”). It’s the final Sunday of Lent before the beginning of Holy Week.

The Catholic Church follows the practice of covering crosses and sacred images throughout the temples. Crosses remain covered until the beginning of the Easter Vigil.

The Gospel’s main reading (Jn 12:20-33) invites us to reflect upon what it means to follow Christ.

The Lord said:

“Whoever loves his life loses it,
and whoever hates his life in this world
will preserve it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me must follow me, 
and where I am, there also will my servant be.
The Father will honor whoever serves me.”

Also, He comments on the type of death He would suffer:

“Now is the time of judgment on this world; 
now the ruler of this world will be driven out.
And when I am lifted up from the earth, 
I will draw everyone to myself.”

The Optional Memorial of St. Patrick, which is ordinarily celebrated today, is superseded by the Sunday liturgy.

Ave Maria!
Jesus, I Trust In You!
St. Patrick, Pray for Us!

To Jesus through Mary!
Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will!

+ Mikel Amigot |, New York

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