Saint Vincent Ferrer

Saint Vincent Ferrer

Thaumaturge, Dominican Missionary
(1357-1419)

This wonderful apostle, the Angel of the Judgment, was born at Valencia in Spain in 1357. At the age of eighteen, he was professed in the Order of Saint Dominic. After a brilliant course of study he became Master of Sacred Theology, and began to preach. For three years he read only the Sacred Scriptures, and came to know the entire Bible by heart. He brought the light of Christ to the Jews of Valencia, and their synagogue became a church.
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Palm Sunday: Confession

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Palm Sunday: Confession
by Bishop Ehrler, 1891

Although man, through the gift of reason, is distinguished from the beasts, yet “he is compared to senseless beasts, and is become like to them” (Ps. 48 : 13,) when refusing to listen to reason he commits sin. For, what can be more senseless than voluntarily to renounce that “freedom wherewith Christ hath made us free,” (Gal. 4:31,) and to enter the service of Satan? The holy Fathers of the Church compare a man hardened with sin to the tethered ass mentioned in the present Gospel. But, for the consolation of the sinner, our Saviour says: “Loose it, and bring it to me.” The bonds that bind a sinful soul can only be loosened by those to whom Christ said: “Whatsoever you shall loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in Heaven.” (Matth. 16 : 19.) The priest will loose us from our sins; but we must, beforehand, make him: Continue reading

Palm Sunday

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Palm Sunday

by Dom Prosper Guéranger 1870

Today, if ye shall hear the voice of the Lord, harden not your hearts.

Early in the morning of this day, Jesus sets out for Jerusalem, leaving Mary His Mother, and the two sisters Martha and Mary Magdalene, and Lazarus, at Bethania. The Mother of sorrows trembles at seeing her Son thus expose Himself to danger, for His enemies are bent upon His destruction; but it is not death, it is triumph, that Jesus is to receive today in Jerusalem. The Messias, before being nailed to the cross, is to be proclaimed King by the people of the great city; the little children are to make her streets echo with their Hosannas to the Son of David; and this in presence of the soldiers of Rome’s emperor, and of the high priests and pharisees: the first standing under the banner of their eagles; the second, dumb with rage. Continue reading

INSTRUCTION FOR PALM SUNDAY

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INSTRUCTION FOR PALM SUNDAY

The Church’s Year
By Rev. Fr. Leonard Goffine

Why is this day called Palm Sunday?

In memory of our Saviour’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, when the multitude strewed palm branches before Him, for which reason the Church, on this day, blesses palms, and carries them in procession.

Why are palms blessed?

That those who carry them with devotion, or keep them in their houses, may receive protection of soul and body, as prayed for in the blessing; that those who carry the palms may, by means of the prayers of the Church, adorn their souls with good works and thus, in spirit, meet the Saviour; that, through Christ whose members we are, we may conquer the kingdom of death and darkness, and be made worthy to share in His glorious resurrection and triumphant entrance into heaven. St. Augustine writes of the palms: “They are the emblem of praise, and sign of victory, because the Lord by death conquered death, and with the sign of victory, the cross, overcame the devil, the prince of death.” Therefore, preceded by the cross, we go in procession around the church singing hymns of praise; when we come to the church door, we find it locked; the priest knocks at it with the cross. Heaven was closed to us by the sin of Adam, and it is opened to us by reconciliation through Jesus on the cross. Continue reading