From the Rector: How do we know that Jesus Rose form the Dead?
Mar28

From the Rector: How do we know that Jesus Rose form the Dead?

How do we know that Jesus Rose from the Dead? The short answer to the question is that we have the historical testimony of many reliable witnesses to the fact that Jesus rose from the dead. The fact that Christ rose from the dead was not the product of the faith of Christ’s followers, rather, it was the cause of their faith.  The Apostles knew by actual experience that Christ had risen, as we know from history, of which the Apostolic Tradition and Scriptures are a part (the inspired nature of the Scriptures is a separate issue). The New Testament cannot be dismissed as myth misinterpreted and confused with fact because it specifically distinguishes the two and repudiates the mythic interpretation (2Pet 1:16, 1Cor 15:17-19). The faith of the first community of believers is based on the witness of concrete men known to the Christians and for the most part still living among them.  Peter and the rest of the Twelve are the primary witnesses to his Resurrection (Acts: 10:41).  The fact that the disciples were able to proclaim the Resurrection in Jerusalem in the face of their enemies a few weeks after the crucifixion shows that what they proclaimed was true, for they could never have proclaimed the Resurrection (and been believed) under such circumstances had it not occurred. But they were not the only witnesses.  In one of his letters written about A.D. 56, St. Paul speaks clearly of more than five hundred persons to whom Jesus appeared on a single occasion (1Cor 15:4-8) inviting any reader to check the truth of the story by questioning the eyewitnesses. He could never have done this and gotten away with it, given the power, resources and numbers of his enemies, if it were not true, and no one disputes that Paul’s letters were written within the lifetime of eyewitnesses to Christ.  St. Paul could hope to gain nothing in this world or the next by lying.  His doctrine led to his martyrdom in this life, and nothing proves sincerity like martyrdom, and he himself taught that God’s wrath awaits liars (Rom2:8). The often repeated hypothesis that the Resurrection was produced by the apostles’ faith (or credulity) will not hold up.  On the contrary their faith in the Resurrection was born, under the action of divine grace, from their direct experience of the reality of the risen Jesus.  This faith has been handed on to us by the Apostles and their successors and will continue to be preached by the all the successors of Peter.  Resurrexit sicut dixit!  He is Risen as he said, Alleluia!...

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Sunday School: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
Mar23

Sunday School: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School-Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord Cycle...

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From the Rector: Palm Sunday Procession
Mar23

From the Rector: Palm Sunday Procession

In order to help understand our Palm Sunday procession, I want to re-print a summary of an article I wrote a few years ago for the voice of the Southwest. Although there are several other examples, the processions in the New Testament of primary importance are Our Lord’s procession into the city of Jerusalem on palm Sunday, and his procession along the via dolorosa, carrying his cross up Mt. Calvary, which is commemorated as part of the Good Friday Liturgy. Theological Understanding:  The people of God on the Journey to the Kingdom, the heavenly Jerusalem. It is a teaching Scripture and so also the Church that everything that was said and done in the Old Testament Scriptures was a preparation for Christ and consequently has meaning for us now.  The history of Salvation can be summed up in this, we have been freed from slavery to sin by passing through the waters of Baptism and our journey will conclude when we reach the promised Land of Heaven and enter into the presence of God.  The journey of the Israelites is a type or a preview of the greater reality of Salvation in Christ and our eternal destiny. We are freed not just from slavery to Egypt, but to sin, entering not just the earthly Promised Land, but the Heavenly one, worshiping not only in the temple of the earthly Jerusalem, but in God’s temple (in Christ) in the Heavenly Jerusalem. Weekly Liturgical Processions: Every time we celebrate Holy Mass we take part in several processions.  Mass begins with the Entrance Procession by which the ministers enter the Sanctuary.  This procession may be led by incense, candles, a processional crucifix and the book of the Gospels.  It is to be accompanied by the proper introit chant, processional psalm and antiphon or at least a suitable hymn.  For solemn Masses there is a procession before the proclamation of the Gospel, the Offertory procession of gifts, the procession of the faithful to receive Holy Communion, and finally the Recessional as the ministers depart the Sanctuary after the dismissal. Other Liturgical processions are included in Funerals, and in the conferral of the Sacraments at Baptisms and Weddings. Annual Liturgical Processions: These include the Eucharistic Processions for Corpus Christi and the Palm Sunday procession with palm branches commemorating our Lords entry into Jerusalem.  Corpus Christi processions are the most solemn of all since they involve an actual procession of Jesus Christ! This is not a re-enactment, Jesus Christ is present in the Eucharist here and now, bodily moving through the streets of our towns. Devotional Processions take place in May for the crowning of images of Mary.  These correspond to the ancient processions in an interesting way. ...

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2018 Holy Week Schedule
Mar20

2018 Holy Week Schedule

Please join us at Sacred Heart Cathedral for the Holy Week celebrations. Thursday, March 29th 6:30 a.m. Morning Prayer (Tenebrae) 7:15-7:45 a.m. Confessions 7:00 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper 8:30 p.m. to Midnight–Adoration Friday, March 30th 6:30 a.m. Morning Prayer (Tenebrae) 7:15-7:45 a.m. Confessions 12:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross 1:00 p.m. Chaplet of Divine Mercy 2:00 p.m. Rosary 3:00 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy Saturday, March 31st 6:30 a.m. Morning Prayer (Tenebrae) 9:00-10:00 a.m. Confessions 3:00-5:00 p.m. Confessions 8:00 p.m. Easter Vigil Mass Easter Sunday, April 1st Masses at 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. 5:15 p.m. Sung Solemn...

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Sunday School: Fifth Sunday of Lent
Mar15

Sunday School: Fifth Sunday of Lent

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School-Fifth Sunday of Lent Cycle B

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From the Rector: The Veiling of Images and Crosses
Mar15

From the Rector: The Veiling of Images and Crosses

The Veiling of Images and Crosses from the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship Does the new Missale Romanum allow for the veiling of statues and crosses? The Missale Romanum, editio typica tertia, provides a rubric at the beginning of the texts for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, which allows that: “the practice of covering crosses and images in the Church from the Fifth Sunday of Lent is permitted, according to the judgment of the Conferences of Bishops. Crosses remain veiled until the end of the celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday; images remain veiled until the beginning of the Easter Vigil.”1 Have the Bishops of the Unites States expressed the judgment on this practice? Yes. On June 14, 2001, the Latin Church members of the USCCB approved an adaptation to number 318 of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal which would allow for the veiling of crosses and images in this manner. On April 17, 2002, Cardinal Jorge Medina Estevez, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments wrote to Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, USCCB President (Prot. no. 1381/01/L), noting that this matter belonged more properly to the rubrics of the Fifth Sunday of Lent. While the decision of the USCCB will be included with this rubric when the Roman Missal is eventually published, the veiling of crosses and images may now take place at the discretion of the local pastor. When may crosses and images be veiled? Crosses and images may be veiled on the Fifth Sunday of Lent. Crosses are unveiled following the Good Friday Liturgy, while images are unveiled before the beginning of the Easter Vigil. Is the veiling of crosses and statues required? No. The veiling is offered as an option, at the discretion of the local pastor. What is the reason for the veiling of crosses and images? The veiling of crosses and images is a sort of “fasting” from sacred depictions which represent the paschal glory of our salvation. Just as the Lenten fast concludes with the Paschal feast, so too, our fasting from the cross culminates in an adoration of the holy wood on which the sacrifice of Calvary was offered for our sins. Likewise, a fasting from the glorious images of the mysteries of faith and the saints in glory, culminates on the Easter nightwith a renewed appreciation of the glorious victory won by Christ, risen from the tomb to win for us eternal life. Why are crosses unveiled after the Good Friday Liturgy? An important part of the Good Friday Liturgy is the veneration of the cross, which may include its unveiling. Once the cross to be venerated has been unveiled, it seems logical that all crosses would remain unveiled for the veneration...

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Sunday School: Fourth Sunday of Lent
Mar09

Sunday School: Fourth Sunday of Lent

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School-Fourth Sunday of Lent Cycle B

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