Happy and Holy Feast Day to you!
Today (Friday) Passionists celebrate the titular feast of the Congregation – the Solemn Commemoration of the Passion of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated each year on the Friday before Ash Wednesday.
This feast, which was instituted by St. Paul of the Cross, is a joyful celebration of the mystery of Good Friday focusing on the Passion as “the most overwhelming sign of God’s love” (St. Paul of the Cross). The Mass prayers and the Liturgy of the Hours for this feast is soooo rich. If you ever have the opportunity to be in a Passionist monastery for this great solemnity you will be blessed!
Don’t miss this homily from 2009 preached on this special occasion.
Passionist Bishop Saint Vincent Strambi writes, “Happy is the person who reflects on the life giving passion of our Lord. He will be humble, trustful, thankful and loving towards Jesus who is our justice, our sanctification and our redemption” . (From the book ‘The Treasures Which We Have in Jesus Christ,’ Volume III, p. 14.)
May the Passion of Jesus be always in our hearts!
Adapted from Our Passionist Charism