Tuesday of Holy Week
Saint John 13:21-33.36-38 Reclining at table with his disciples, Jesus was deeply troubled and testified, «Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.» The disciples looked at one another, at a loss as to whom he meant. One of his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, was reclining at Jesus’ side. So Simon Peter nodded to him to find out whom he meant. He leaned back against Jesus’ chest and said to him, “Master, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I hand the morsel after I have dipped it.” So he dipped the morsel and (took it and) handed it to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot. After he took the morsel, Satan entered him…
Nhar il-Ħadd 29 ta’ Marzu 2015, l-Arċisqof Charles J. Scicluna mexxa ċ-ċelebrazzjoni ta’ Ħadd il-Palm u l-Passjoni tal-Mulej, fil-Belt Valletta. Din iċ-ċelebrazzjoni bdiet minn quddiem il-Knisja ta’ Santa Katerina tal-Italja, fejn sar it-tberik tal-friegħi tal-palm u ż-żebbuġ, u wara saret purċissjoni sal-Konkatidral ta’ San Ġwann, fejn saret il-Quddiesa bil-qari u r-rakkont tal-passjoni, mill-Evanġelu skont San Mark
Pope Francis remembered the persecuted Christians in the world on Sunday – Palm Sunday – during Mass in St. Peter’s Square. Following the proclamation of the Passion according to St. Mark, Pope Francis delivered a homily, in which he reflected on the plight of all those who endure humiliation because of their faithfulness to the Gospel, all those who face discrimination and pay a personal price for their fidelity to Christ…
Monday of Holy Week
Saint John 12:1-11
Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served, while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him. Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil made from genuine aromatic nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair; the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. Then Judas the Iscariot, one (of) his disciples, and the one who would betray him, said, Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days’ wages and given to the poor? He said this not because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief and held the money bag and used to steal the contributions. So Jesus said, “Leave her alone…
Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
Book of Isaiah 50:4-7.
The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, That I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them. Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear;
And I have not rebelled, have not turned back.
I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; My face I did not shield from buffets and spitting.
The Lord God is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame.
All who see me scoff at me;
they mock me with parted lips, they wag their heads:
“He relied on the LORD; let him deliver him,
let him rescue him, if he loves him.”
Indeed, many dogs surround me,
a pack of evildoers closes in upon me;
They have pierced my hands and my feet;
I can count all my bones.
They divide my garments among them,
and for my vesture they cast lots.
But you, O LORD, be not far from me;
O my help, hasten to aid me.
I will proclaim your name to my brethren;
in the midst of the assembly I will praise you:
“You who fear the LORD, praise him;
all you descendants of Jacob, give glory to him;
revere him, all you descendants of Israel!”
Letter to the Philippians 2:6-11
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance,
he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Saint Mark 14:1-72.15:1-47
The Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were to take place in two days’ time…
On the 27th March 2015, the Archbishop Mgr Charles J. Scicluna led a penitential pilgrimage in Valletta, on the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Photos: Photocity, Valletta.
Saint John 11:45-56
Many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what Jesus had done began to believe in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, “What are we going to do? This man is performing many signs. If we leave him alone, all will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our land and our nation.” But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing, nor do you consider that it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish.” He did not say this on his own, but since he was high priest for that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God. So from that day on they planned to kill him. So Jesus no longer walked about in public among the Jews, but he left for the region near the desert, to a town called Ephraim, and there he remained with his disciples. Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before Passover to purify themselves. They looked for Jesus and said to one another as they were in the temple area, “What do you think? …
Il-Ġimgħa 27 ta’ Marzu 2015, l-Arċisqof Charles J. Scicluna żar l-istudenti u l-istaff tal-MCAST, f’Raħal Ġdid. L-Arċisqof iċċelebra Quddiesa fil-festa ta’ Marija Addolorata u wara żar Esebizzjoni fil-Kampus tal-Kulleġġ fejn kellu l-opportunita’ li jiltaqa’ ma’ aktar żgħażagħ u jara l-proġetti tagħhom.
L-Omelija tal-Arċisqof fil-festa ta’ Marija Addolorata
27 ta’ Marzu 2015
MCAST, Raħal Ġdid
Grazzi ħafna talli ġejtu llum biex flimkien niċċelebraw din l-Ewkaristija…
- 27 ta’ Marzu 2015
MCAST, Raħal Ġdid
Grazzi ħafna talli ġejtu llum biex flimkien niċċelebraw din l-Ewkaristija. Kif tafu, il-kelma ‘ewkaristija’ ġejja mill-Grieg li tfisser ‘grazzi’. Jekk tmorru Ateni, tirrealizzaw li biex tgħid thank you bil-Grieg trid tgħid eucaristo. U l-Ewkaristija ġejja propju minn dan l-għerq: li tirringrazzja…
Pope Francis made a surprise visit to greet 150 homeless people who were given a special tour of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums Thursday by the papal charitable office. It was a brief, affectionate and emotional encounter.
The Pope crossed the threshold of the Sistine Chapel to the disbelief of his guests, saying this visit and meeting are “a small caress – because this is the home of all; it is your home…