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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Palm Sunday

Dearly beloved, the Solemnity of the Lord’s Passion is come’ that day which we have so desired and which same is so precious to the whole world. Shouts of spiritual triumph are ringing, and suffer not that we should be silent. Even though it be hard to preach often on the same solemnity, and do so meetly and well, a priest is not free to shirk the duty of preaching to the faithful concerning this so great mystery of divine mercy. Nay, that his subject matter is unspeakable should in itself make him eloquent, since where enough can never be said, there must needs ever be somewhat to say. Let human weakness, then, fall down before the glory of God, and acknowledge itself unequal to the duty of expounding the works of his mercy. Let us toil in thought, let us fail in insight, let us falter in speech; it is good for us to feel how inadequate is the little we are able to express concerning the majesty of God.

R. The enemy hath enclosed my ways: like as a lion was he, lying in wait in secret places: he hath filled me with bitterness; he hath made me drunken with wormwood: they have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone upon me: O Lord, thou hast seen my wrong: judge thou my cause.

V. I was a derision to all my people: and their song all the day long.

From a Sermon by St. Leo the Pope: Breviary II Nocturn Palm Sunday

Collect: Almighty and everlasting God,
who, of thy tender love towards mankind,
has sent thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ,
to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer
death upon the Cross, that all mankind
should follow the example of his great humility:
mercifully grant that we may both follow the
example of his patience, and also be made
partakers of his resurrection. Through the same
Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and
reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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