First of all, it’s Holy Week in Rome. A million visitors have arrived in the Eternal City. The streets are full of teenagers, college students, and pilgrims from everywhere.
What can I say? The whole city is full of life and excitement. The liturgical celebrations are beautiful and take place all over Rome. Hundreds of churches offer the entire series of Masses and services of Holy Week. Everyone comes to them, Catholics and non-Catholics
I will join hundreds of priests tomorrow for the Chrism Mass of Holy Thursday morning in St. Peter’s Basilica with the Holy Father presiding. The holy oils consecrated at that Mass will be used for anointing the sick, blessing of catecumens and anointing of new priests at ordinations.
On Friday, I will distributing Holy Communion at the Good Friday Service in St. Peter’s.
Holy Saturday and Easter I will join other services in local churches where the Masses are not so crowded as a St. Peter’s.
It’s the eve of the Sacred Triduum. You can almost feel the entire Church here in Rome take a deep breath as the holy days begin.
The Church needs prayer at this critical time but so does the entire world. It is time to repent of our sin and embrace the grace of Jesus Resurrected. The whole of human society needs the grace of Jesus Christto bring the birth of a new kingdom into our tired and waiting world.