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*** *** *** We remember this great evangelist and martyr. St. Mark spread the Good News on his various missionary journeys with St. Paul, St. Peter, and St. Barnabas. The Gospel of St. Mark emphasizes the miraculous powers of Jesus Christ.
~ “And there went out to him all the country of Judea, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, and had a leather girdle around his waist, and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, […]
*** *** *** “Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rab-bo′ni!’ (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'” (Jn 20:16-17) ~ from the Didache Bible, RSV2CE
(“Christ’s Appearance to Mary Magdalene” by Alexander Ivanov)
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*** *** *** “He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be handed over. Taking the body, Joseph wrapped it in clean linen and laid it in his new tomb that he had hewn in the rock. Then he rolled a huge stone across the entrance to the tomb and departed.” (Mt 27:58-60)
(“The Burial of Christ” by Carl Bloch)
**The day of solemn and prayerful remembrance — we mourn the suffering, crucifixion, and death of Jesus Christ, Our Savior.
Spy Wednesday marks the day when Jesus was betrayed by Judas, the spy for the chief priests. ~ “Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What will you give me if I deliver him to you?’ And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And […]
*** *** *** Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphant entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. The townspeople welcomed Jesus by placing palms and tree branches on the road in front of him, a customary practice reserved for people of great honor and respect.
~ “Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. Those preceding him as well as those following kept crying out: ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to […]
*** *** *** “And he came to her and said, ‘Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!… He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end.'” (Lk 1:28,32-33)
— The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord is celebrated as one of the highest ranking liturgical feasts. Mary’s consent to God’s Word — that she would be Mother of the incarnate Son of God — played a crucial role in the redemptive work of her Son, Jesus Christ, for all of humanity.