Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is the he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest.

“Hosanna” is a fascinating word. It’s a kind of contraction of the Hebrew phrase hôšî‘â-nā which, itself, comes from Aramaic and means something like “Save! Now!” It gets to us via the Jewish liturgy. On the last night of the Feast of Booths (or the second-to-last night depending on whether you are in Jerusalem or not), a series of hymns and prayers are chanted called the “Hoshana Rabbah.” It is at this point that the great Shofar horn is blown. The whole event commemorates the forty years the Hebrews spent wandering in the desert. (Where they lived in booths or tabernacles - as the tents were called.) The event also commemorates (via the Shofar horn) the victory in the promised land and the establishment of the covenant. Put simply, it’s one of the most important prayers in the Jewish faith life. 

Things get even more interesting when we see the context in the life of Jesus. The Jews who welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem with palms for the Passover Supper chanted and called out the same kinds of prayers as they would have heard in the Hoshana Rabbah. It’s a wildly unusual choice for spontaneous praise and one that is clearly not accidental. This is the Holy Spirit at work!

The choice of the word Hosanna ties Jesus to His mission as messiah. It also ties Him to His Jewish ancestry. It also ties Him to the liturgy of the Jews. It also ties Him both to the desert and to the promised land. It also ties Him both to the ancient need for salvation of the Jews enslaved in Egypt and to the contemporary need for salvation of the Israelite people enslaved in their own land by the Romans. It’s an astounding and deep choice that sums up the entire mission of the Christ in a way that would have been easily understood by any Jew who heard the words…

Insights From Second Street

As children, we naturally understand the value in acting out the past. The games of children are full of kids recreating scenes from life. Whether it’s imitating mom in the kitchen or Cowboys & Indians or scenes from a beloved movie… Imitation and re-creation are built into who we are. Our modern delusion of sophistication convinces many of us that we are so brilliant and our ancestors were so moronic that we would be fools to imitate the barbaric practices of yore.

In reality, the imitation and re-enactment of the past is a huge part of our humanity. We learn by remembering… but we also grow and heal and evolve by revisiting moments in our memories. Traumatic moments in our past almost require revisiting if we are to call ourselves healed of their wounds. Tombs and graves give us the opportunity to revisit and re-enact conversations and relationships which matter to us. These are ways of making present that which is now in the past. It really is a kind of time travel that evokes in our brains chemical reactions remarkably similar to “actually being there.”

When we take up palm branches and process into the Church, we are making present the moment of Christ’s triumphal entry into the Holy City. When we witness the ceremonies of Holy Week, we are making present the essential details of His passion. When we witness the Holy Eucharist confected on the altar, we are present at the last supper and the crucifixion and the empty tomb and the upper room on Pentecost. We are there! Spiritually, of course, we’re there. But also, in the Holy Eucharist, we are there physically and mentally. Those ancient moments are made present in our midst. 

Surely, some people - Christians and Catholics among them - would call the carrying of palm branches childish. And it may very well be. But much of the right worship of Jesus Christ is child-like. From the recitation of memorized prayers... to admitting personal weakness and fault in the confessional... to kneeling and standing and kneeling again… All may seem child-like, but that doesn’t in any way deny the truth and profundity of what we are doing and why we are doing it!

The Jargon…

by: Tommy Myrick

This weekend marks the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The people laid palm branches on the road as Jesus approached singing “Hosanna! Hosanna!” This beginning of the Passion account in the Gospels is where the Church has received the tradition of giving out palm branches to the faithful. Now that we have these palms, which are now blessed, what do we do with them? The shortest answer is DON’T THROW THEM AWAY! They can be given back to the church at a later time for a “burning of the palms” to make the ashes for Ash Wednesday. In the meantime, here are some of the most common traditions for keeping the palm branches from Palm Sunday:

1. Hang the palm over a doorway, crucifix, or holy picture
2. Make the palm into the shape of a cross before hanging or keeping
3. Lay the palm branch on a table near the bed of the sick.

If you would like to dispose of the palms, make sure that they are burned (separate from anything else), mix the ashes with water, and pour them on the ground.

Parish News

CHRISM MASS (4/15) The Annual Chrism Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral in Alexandria at 11a on Tuesday, April 15th, of this week.

***UPCOMING SECOND COLLECTION On Good Friday, April 18th, the Second Collection will be for the Holy Land.

LAST WEDNESDAY NIGHT ADULT CATECHISM UNTIL AUGUST This Wednesday (4/16) will be the last of our Wednesday Night Catechism Classes until August. At that time, we’ll have a little more structured plan for what will be discussed as well as a way for you to request topics.

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE Holy Week begins with the Palm Sunday Mass. On Holy Thursday, we will celebrate the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament follows. On Good Friday, we will have our outdoor Way of the Cross at 10a. We will celebrate the Veneration of the Cross at 3p. The Solemn Easter Vigil - the most important celebration of the Church year - begins at 8p on Saturday night. (There will be no other Mass that day.) Easter Sunday Masses will be celebrated at 9a, 11a and 5p.

OCTOBER 20-29, 2014 PILGRIMAGE TO ITALY You are invited to join Fr. Ryan Humphries, Fr. Chris Decker, and the Magnificat Travel Group for a 10-day pilgrimage to Italy. Our pilgrims will travel through Assisi (Umbria), Florence (Tuscany), Orvietto, Rome, and the Vatican City. Trip highlights will include the Tomb of St. Francis, the Miracle of the Eucharist, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, the Catacombs, the Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the Tomb of Pope Saint John Paul II. We only have 6 available spots left and the deadline to register is Friday, August 1, 2014. For more information, contact Magnificat Travel Group at (337)291-1933 or info@holytravels.org -Or- contact Ashley Hebert at (318)352-3422 or evangelization@minorbasilica.org.

Parish Events

  • Sun, 4/13, Palm Sunday
  • Sun-Sat, 4/13-4/19, Holy Week
  • Tue, 4/15, Chrism Mass, 11a @ the Cathedral in Alexandria
  • Tue, 4/15, Lenten Confessions, 5-6p
  • Wed, 4/16, Last CCD of the Year, 6-7p @ St. Mary’s
  • Wed, 4/16, Last Wednesday Night Adult Catechism until August
  • Thu, 4/17, Holy Thursday, Mass @ 7p
  • Fri, 4/18, Good Friday Outdoor Way of the Cross, 10a
  • Fri, 4/18, Good Friday Afternoon Service, 3p
  • Sat, 4/19, Solemn Easter Vigil, Mass @ 8p

Parish Finances

Our Sunday Collection last week was $8,914.

Thank you for your generous return to our Lord!

For more information on our finances, click here.

Within the Sanctuary

Sat 4/12 4p Levi Thompson, (Lector) • Michael & Joanne Yankowski, (EMHC-CH) • Red & Jo Lapeyrouse, (EMHC-CI) • J.Friedel, D.Bennett, (Altar Boys)

Sun 4/13 9a Roger Cunningham, (Lector) • Michael King, Buddy Giering, (EMHC-CH) • John Vandersypen, (EMHC-CI) • R.Cunningham, R.Cunningham, M.McCart, (Altar Boys)

Sun 4/13 11a Gilen Norwood, (Lector) • Sam & Lillie Misuraca, (EMHC-CH) • Linda Lee, (EMHC-CI) • W.Mayeux, D.Thompson, W.Lee, (Altar Boys)

Sat 4/19 8p Holy Saturday participants

Sun 4/20 9a Sydney Frederick, (Lector) • Edward & Cindy Smith, (EMHC-CH) • John Cunningham, (EMHC-CI) • M.Vienne, P.Vienne, T.Hare, (Altar Boys)

Sun 4/20 11a Ed Giering, (Lector) • Haley Johnson, Cecilia Cook, (EMHC-CH) • Tara Whitehead, (EMHC-CI) • M.V.Leone, I.Lovemore, J.Burrell, (Altar Boys)

*Altar Boys who are not scheduled may serve if space permits. Come to the Sacristy 10 minutes before Mass.

Memorials & Prayer Intentions

Holy Masses

  • Sat 4p: Gene Doll
  • Sun 9a: Nelva Jean Shephard
  • Sun 11a: Pro Populo
  • Sun 5p: Bishop Ronald P. Herzog
  • Mon 6:30a: Rev. Fr. Joseph Montalbano
  • Mon 8a: Gracie Robertson
  • Tue 6:30a: Dora & Gerald Jeansonne
  • Wed 6:30a: Clay Hennigan & Suzanne Morgan
  • Thu 9a: SMS Students & Faculty
  • Thu 7p: Pro Populo

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for this Month are that governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources. And that, the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.

Please pray for our Sick & Suffering: Lolette Allen, Lauren Bienvenu, Bill Boone, Kathy Bostick, Tripp Bostick, Chad Bouchie, Mar-Lou Brasher, Flo Brouillette, Bailey Byrd, Carolyn Carter, Lauren Clancey, Emilia Cofio, Woody Cox, Kim Cunningham, Lela Mae Dalme, Joe Davis, John DeFee, Richard DeVargas,  Marguerite Felchle, Alma Fernandez, Tom Foshee, Reba Friday, Paula Gagymad, Vicki Gahagan, Sophie Gill, Irma Harper, Joyce Hayne, Deborah G. Hernandez, Sue Van Hook, Kalita Jones, Mary Keyser, Paul Keyser, Gary Kilgore, Martha LaCaze, Jheanny Ladao, Daniel Laroux, Jaden Eli Lodridge, Patricia Loftin, Joseph Longo, Lisa Mack, Faris Michael, Meg Michael, Lacey Mitchum, Mary Moss, Shane Niette, Mary Odom, Effie Patrick, Sharon Roach, Wes Rollo, Makaehan Ross, Shirley Roy, Amanda Rozman, Joseph Ryan, Donna Slaughter, Billy Smith, Tristan Snyder, Ren Todtenbier, Brent Trichel, Rosalind Trussell, Patricia Vazquez, Billie Vercher, Julien Vienne, Ruthie J. Wallboughly, Tyler Ward, Jessica Warner, Janine Waters, & Glen & Mary Williams