Our Lady holding Jesus as He accepts flowers from the shepherd child

Our Lady holding Jesus as He accepts flowers from the shepherd child

Welcome to our intercessory prayer ministry for families, babies, little ones and those who love them.

In our prayers for families, we pray for the sanctity of all life and for vocations to marriage, the priesthood and consecrated life, which are born and nurtured in families.

The
Prayer of Entrustment to Mary was prayed for this ministry at the icon of the Madonna Salus Populi Romani (Salvation of the Roman People, Our Lady of Good Health) in the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (Basilica of Mary Major) in Rome, Italy, in Nossa Senhora do Rosario da Fatima (Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary) in Fatima, Portugal, in Eglise du Sacre-Coeur (Sacred Heart Parish Church), the site of St. Bernadette's baptismal font, in Lourdes, France and at The National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts at the Shrine of the Holy Innocents before Our Lady of Guadalupe and at Basilica Papale de San Pietro in Vaticano (St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City) at the Tomb of St. John Paul II in Rome, Italy and at the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe) in Mexico City, Mexico.

This ministry is consecrated to Jesus Christ, Wisdom Incarnate, through the hands of Mary and dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. In our prayers to Mary, we honor and worship her Son Jesus. When He was on the Cross, He gave His Mother to John and she became our Mother as well. "Behold, your Mother." John 19:27

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
For the greater glory of God

April 08, 2024

Reflection: The Annunciation of the Lord

Today we celebrate the Annunciation of the Lord. The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to tell her that she had been chosen by God to be the Mother of the Son of God, the Mother of the Savior of the world.

Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end."  Luke 1:30-33

And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.  Luke 1:36-37

The angel Gabriel gave Mary two personal messages to encourage and strengthen her.

"Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God." Luke 1:30

"For nothing will be impossible for God." Luke 1:37

This was a blessing to Mary that would strengthen her for the rest of her life, especially during times of great trial. Then the angel Gabriel revealed to Mary the pregnancy of Elizabeth. Both woman would bear a child through Divine Intervention. These two moments represent two of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, the Annunciation and the Visitation.

Mary responded with her FIAT, her Yes to God:

Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." Luke 1:38

How can you give your fiat, your yes, to God the way Mary did?
  
Ask Mary to come to you and help you to trust God the way she did. During the Mass, at the moment of the Consecration, ask Mary to give you a heart like hers. Remember that the Angel Gabriel told Mary to be unafraid. Bring your fears to God and say yes to Him, knowing that all things are possible for Him. Every time you pray the Hail Mary, you call upon her to come to your assistance. This is a powerful prayer through which you greet Mary the way the Angel Gabriel greeted her. Then you call upon her prayers and her assistance, "now and at the hour of our death."

God loves you so much and He wants to overwhelm you with His love. Enter into His Presence and allow Him to touch you with His healing grace. God created you and He wants you to live with Him eternally. God places the highest value on human life. He loves you so much that He sent His Son to become one of us, took on our human nature and became an innocent, completely dependent infant.

When we repeat the words of the angel by praying the Hail Mary, the Word of God dwells among us. Through Mary's humble, obedient Fiat, heaven and earth meet.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee...

April 07, 2024

Divine Mercy Sunday + The Divine floodgates which graces flow are open today

Today is the Feast of Divine Mercy, the first Sunday after Easter. 

Jesus I trust in You.

Jesus promised extraordinary graces on Divine Mercy Sunday when He said: 
"On that day are open all the Divine floodgates through which graces flow."

"My daughter, tell the whole world about my inconceivable mercy…the soul that will go to confession and receive Holy Communion (on the Feast of Mercy) shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day are opened all the divine floodgates through which graces flow. Let no soul fear to draw near to me, even though its sins be scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come from the very depths of my most tender mercy." Diary of Saint Faustina 699

Divine Mercy Sunday + Fr. Chris Alar, MIC + How to receive the extraordinary graces of this day

Act of Contrition
My, God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against You whom I should love above all things. With Your help, I firmly intend to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid those things that lead me to sin, our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In His Name, my God, have mercy on me.

Spiritual Communion Prayer
I wish, my Lord, to receive You with the purity, humility and devotion with which Your Most Holy Mother received You with the spirit and the fervor of the Saints.

Fr. Chris tells us to ask for these graces for ourselves and for a plenary indulgence for the Holy Souls in Purgatory and to pray this prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ, You promised Saint Faustina that the soul that has been to Confession (I have or if I'm unable to go to Confession, but I made an Act of Contrition) and the soul that receives Holy Communion (I have or if I'm unable to receive Holy Communion, but I made a Spiritual Communion) will receive the complete forgiveness of all sins and punishment. Please, Lord Jesus, give me this grace.

In 1931, Jesus appeared to Saint Faustina in a vision and said, “Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You...My gaze from this Image is like My gaze from the Cross.” Jesus described the Image as a “Vessel of Graces” to which people could come and seek His love and mercy, as a source of grace, comfort, solace, hope and miracles. Jesus told Saint Faustina the two rays denote Blood and Water. 

O Blood and Water which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a Fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You.  Jesus I trust in You.

As I gaze at the Image of Divine Mercy, I think about confession. During the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we confess our sins and the priest extends his hand and gives the beautiful words of Absolution, I imagine Jesus standing over me pouring out the rays of Blood and Water from His Heart. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is God’s Mercy to us. He knows we are all sinners and He loves us so much. During confession, Jesus forgives our sins and He pours out His sanctifying grace upon us which helps us to sin no more and strengthens us to be the person He created us to be. 

Confession is where Grace and Mercy meet. Jesus told Saint Faustina to bring her miseries to this Throne of Grace. Once you receive God’s mercy, you have a great desire to share it with other people.  Divine Mercy is a great miracle in the soul. God can take our sufferings, hurts, sins, failures and faults and transform us into something beautiful for Him. God has called you to be His witness, his chosen instrument. In the darkness of the world today, you will be called to stand up and speak the truth, to be His witness. His mercy endures forever.

Jesus is the One we meet in confession and He comes, not just to forgive, but to heal, to free, to strengthen and to transform us through the power and grace of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Run to confession, especially on this Feast Day of The Divine Mercy or within this week. Jesus is waiting for you.

April 03, 2024

Reflection: On the Road to Emmaus, Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of the bread

On the road to Emmaus...

"Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?"

"Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread."

From Today's Gospel of Luke 24 on the road to Emmaus
And Jesus said to them, "Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into His glory?" Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He interpreted to them what referred to Him in all the Scriptures. As they approached the village to which they were going, He gave the impression that He was going on further. But they urged Him, "Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over." So He went in to stay with them.

And it happened that, while He was with them at table, He took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized Him, but He vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while He spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?" So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the eleven and those with them who were saying, "The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!" Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how He was made known to them in the breaking of the bread."


Meditation:
Let us walk with Jesus on the Road to Emmaus and listen to Him. Be still and let Him speak to you. Invite Him into the innermost place in your heart. "Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?" Speak to Jesus and ask Him: "Stay with me, Lord." Spend time talking with Him and then listen as He fills you with His love and peace. As you spend time with Jesus, you are consoling His Heart. As you console Jesus, ponder how when He comes to you in the Eucharist, He offers you "food for the journey", the Bread of Life, His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. Ask Jesus to stay with you. He will never leave you alone. He will console your heart and remind how He was made known to you in the breaking of the bread. You are His beloved child.

Jesus, nourish us with Your Word and set our hearts on fire with Your love.

April 01, 2024

Reflection: Saint Mary Magdalen, the apostle of the apostles

Saint Mary Magdalene was faithful to Christ even when the faith of the apostles wavered during and after the Passion. Since she proclaimed the news of the Resurrection to the apostles on Easter morning, she is often referred to as "the apostle to the apostles".

"Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful, yet overjoyed, and ran to announce the news to His disciples. And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them." Matthew 28:8-9

Fearful, yet overjoyed

During his homily at morning Mass today, our pastor said they were fearful of the unknown and they were overjoyed of what they knew.  

Think about the things you are fearful of and bring them to Jesus.  Once you have an encounter with Him, you are forever changed and your heart is filled with JOY.

The following reading is an excerpt from a beautiful homily preached by Pope Saint Gregory the Great around the year 600 AD:

When Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and did not find the Lord’s body, she thought it had been taken away and so informed the disciples. After they came and saw the tomb, they too believed what Mary had told them. The text then says: The disciples went back home, and it adds: but Mary wept and remained standing outside the tomb.

Let us reflect on Mary’s attitude and the great love she felt for Christ; for though the disciples had left the tomb, she remained. She was still seeking the one she had not found, and while she sought she wept; burning with the fire of love, she longed for him who she thought had been taken away. And so it happened that the woman who stayed behind to seek Christ was the only one to see him. For perseverance is essential to any good deed, as the voice of truth tells us: Whoever perseveres to the end will be saved.

At first she sought but did not find, but when she persevered it happened that she found what she was looking for. When our desires are not satisfied, they grow stronger, and becoming stronger they take hold of their object. Holy desires likewise grow with anticipation, and if they do not grow they are not really desires. Anyone who succeeds in attaining the truth has burned with such a great love. As David says: My soul has thirsted for the living God; when shall I come and appear before the face of God? And so also in the Song of Songs the Church says: I was wounded by love; and again: My soul is melted with love.

Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek? She is asked why she is sorrowing so that her desire might be strengthened; for when she mentions whom she is seeking, her love is kindled all the more ardently.

Jesus says to her: Mary. Jesus is not recognized when he calls her “woman”; so he calls her by name, as though he were saying: Recognize me as I recognize you; for I do not know you as I know others; I know you as yourself. And so Mary, once addressed by name, recognizes who is speaking. She immediately calls him Rabbouni, that is to say, teacher, because the one whom she sought outwardly was the one who inwardly taught her to keep on searching.

Song of Songs 3:1-4  "On my bed at night I sought him whom my heart loves. I sought him but I did not find him. I will rise then and go about the city; in the streets and crossings I will seek Him whom my heart loves. I sought him but I did not find him. The watchmen came upon me as they made their rounds of the city: Have you seen him whom my heart loves? I had hardly left them when I found him whom my heart loves."

Help us Lord, to follow Your Will for our lives, as Saint Mary Magdalene did. Help us seek You in all things and go and tell others about You Lord.

Saint Mary Magdalene, pray for us and for all the intentions we receive through this ministry and bring them to Jesus, the One we seek.

March 31, 2024

Jesus Christ is risen! Amen! Alleluia!

The tomb is empty! Jesus has risen from the dead. Amen. Alleluia!

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.

Let us glorify the Lord for casting out our fear and shining His wonderful Light into the darkness of the tomb. 

His LIGHT shines PEACE and LOVE throughout the world.

May we celebrate this Easter season with HOPE and JOY knowing that the Lord is with us. On this day of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ who died and rose from the dead for the salvation of the whole world, may we let our faith shine.

"On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, "They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don't know where they put him." So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead." John 20:1-9 

The stone was rolled away. Imagine how the disciples must have felt! They saw and they believed! After all their hopes had been shattered, Jesus rose from the dead! Jesus is the Light who shattered the darkness! He came to make all things new. He broke the bonds of death to make a new creation. Life overcame death. Love never fails!


March 30, 2024

Holy Saturday...we wait in silence and in prayer...


Holy Saturday...Jesus is in the tomb.
 They rolled the stone across the mouth of the tomb. The Angel stood guard. Jesus was within the tomb. Mary waited, in confidence and trust, her Eucharistic vigil before the tomb. She knew this was not the end that Jesus would perform a miracle. 

There is no greater love than to lay down our life for a friend. Jesus is your friend.

Jesus, You gave Your life for us and, from the Cross, You gave us Your Mother. Gazing at Mary, we know that Jesus is with us. Standing at the tomb by Mary's side, we wait. In  silence, we watch and pray...

Mary, Mother of God, by the passion and death of your only Son, give us His life. Make us new, give us the trust of children, give us the childhood of Christ. Grant us, Virgin Mother, a new heaven and a new earth, because we see with His eyes, hear with His ears, work with His hands, walk on His feet, trust with His trust in His Heavenly Father, and love with His heart. Excerpts from poem, Holy Saturday by Caryll Houselander +1954 British mystic, poet and spiritual teacher. 

March 29, 2024

Reflection: At the Foot of the Cross with Mary, our Mother, and the beloved disciple John + The Seven Last Words of Christ

O Jesus, we stand at the Foot of the Cross with Your Mother Mary and the beloved disciple John.  As we gaze up at You, the pain is unbearable. For three hours, You agonized and suffered unspeakable pain and wounds.

Standing at the Foot of the Cross, Blood and Water gushes forth from Your pierced side. Jesus, You spoke these words to John and You speak them to us,  "Behold your Mother." John 19:27

On this day, Good Friday, may we unite our sufferings with Mary. No matter what we suffer, the pain of loneliness, loss, rejection, abandonment, betrayal or illness, Jesus and Mary are with us. We are never alone and they will never abandon us.

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.  From the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Let us stand where Grace and Mercy meet at the Foot of the Cross with Mary as we hear her whisper to us: Be courageous. Be not afraid. Fix your gaze on my Beloved Son and His Passion. Give Him your sufferings and pain and let Him hold you and love you.

Why did Jesus endure such suffering? 

He did it for you and for me. He loves us so much. He endured every kind of unbearable suffering, torture, abandonment and betrayal by His friends. He did it for us. He loves us so much! Jesus came for our salvation, to take away our sins and the sins of the world.

Jesus is the Lamb of God who was slain. Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

"I looked again and heard the voices of many angels who surrounded the Throne and the living creatures and the elders. They were countless in number, and they cried out in a loud voice: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessings." Revelation 5:11-12

At the Annunciation, the angel announced that Mary would be the Mother of God. Now, in the silence of Good Friday, the Mother of God once again receives the Word of God, as her Divine Son is taken down from the Cross and placed in her arms. The Blessed Mother is the Madonna of the Pieta. There is no greater pain for a mother than to see her Son die before her eyes. Mary, who brought Our Savior into the world and watched Him grow, stood helplessly at the Foot of the Cross. She knew this had to be and she accepted it, stood there and mourned silently. Her heart was pierced with sorrow. When the lance pierced the side of Jesus, Blood and Water flowed from Him.

O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a Fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You.  From the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Let us reflect on two words, and yet, from Morning Prayer today from the Book of Habakkuk.

"For though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit appears on the vine, though the yield of the olive fails and the terraces produce no nourishment, though the flocks disappear from the fold and there is no herd in the stalls, and yet I will rejoice in the Lord and exult in my saving God. God, my Lord, is my strength; He makes my feet swift as those of deer and enables me to tread upon the heights."  Habakkuk 3:17-19

In the midst of Holy Week, we recall Mary, standing at the Foot of the Cross with Jesus's beloved disciple John:

"Standing by the Cross of Jesus were His Mother and His Mother's sister, Mary, the wife of Clopas and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw His Mother and the disciple whom He loved, He said to His Mother, 'Woman, behold, Your Son.' Then He said to the disciple, 'Behold, your Mother,' And from that hour, the disciple took her into his home."  John 19:25-27

As you walk the Way of the Cross today, invite Jesus and Mary into the home of your heart.

"Jesus, remember me, when You come into Your Kingdom." Luke 23:42

"He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity, One of those from whom men hide their faces, spurned, and we held him in no esteem. Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured, While we thought of him as stricken, as one smitten by God and afflicted. But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins, Upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed." Isaiah 53:3-5

No matter when we go through in this life, Jesus and Mary are always with us. His Love endures forever. Hold onto and meditate on His Seven Last Words from the Cross.

The Seven Last Words of Christ
"Father, forgive them, they know not what they do."  Luke 23:34
"Amen I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."  Luke 23:43
"My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?"  Mark 15:34
"Women, behold your Son...Behold your mother."  John 19:26-27
"Father, into Your hands, I commend My Spirit."  Luke 23:46
"I thirst."  John 19:28
"It is finished."  John 19:30


March 28, 2024

Reflection: Holy Thursday "Do this in remembrance of Me."

Today is Holy Thursday. the day that Christ celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples and only four days after His triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to shouts of, "Hosanna!"

Holy Thursday commemorates the institution of three pillars of the Catholic Faith:  The Priesthood, the Holy Mass and the Institution of the Sacrament of the Eucharist

During the Last Supper, Jesus took the bread and wine and blessed it with the words that priests use to consecrate the Body and Blood of Christ during the Mass.

"Do this in remembrance of Me." With these words, Jesus instituted the Mass and made His apostles the first priests.

At the Last Supper, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples as a sign of the new commandment to His disciples to love and serve one another. He told them they would not understand what He was doing now but they would understand later.

Holy Thursday commemorates the institution of the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Jesus gave the priests the power to change bread and wine into His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. He did this so that we may remain attached to Him and nourished with the Eucharist. At the end of the Mass on Holy Thursday, the priest removes the Body of Christ from the tabernacle in the main church. The Eucharist is carried in procession to another place where it is kept overnight, to be distributed during the commemoration of the Lord's Passion on Good Friday. After the procession, the altar is stripped bare and all bells in the church are silent until the Gloria at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday.

Meditation:
Today as we begin the Sacred Triduum, give thanks for the Institution of the Eucharist, the Priesthood and the Holy Mass. Place yourself in the Presence of the Lord and be silent. It is in the silence that you can hear Him speak to you. He wants you to know how much He loves you. Spend some time thinking about the healing power of the Eucharist. Invite Jesus to come into your heart. Pray for a priest who has made a difference in your life. Ask Jesus to bestow a special blessing upon him. Ask Mary, Mother of all Priests, to wrap her mantle around him and shower him with her grace and loving protection.

How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good He has done for me? I will take up the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord. Psalm 116:12-13

March 25, 2024

Reflection: Mary of Bethany anoints the Feet of Jesus

Love comes down...

Mary of Bethany was a devoted disciple and friend of Jesus. She anointed Jesus' feet with expensive perfume and wiped them with her hair. There is no indication of why Mary did this act. It may have been her gratitude for what Jesus had done for her brother Lazarus. In John's Gospel, the focus on her anointing Jesus' feet points to Mary's great humility. As she realized more of how Jesus was a friend to her and her brother and sister, her faith deepened and she recognized her unworthiness.

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. John 12:1-3

The humility of Mary's act is a preparation for when Jesus washed His disciples' feet. This was also a prefiguration of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus when the three women went to the tomb to anoint the Body of Jesus: Mary Magdalen, Mary, the mother of James and Salome.

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. Let her keep this for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.'" John 12:4-11  

Let's ponder two souls in this scene: Mary and Judas. 

Judas was filled with self-love which kept him from looking at the love Jesus was offering. He did not care about others and he actually stole from the needy.  

Mary, on the other hand, poured out herself, and the costly oil, an extravagant gesture of love, the love she had for Jesus. She did not count the cost but stayed at the feet of Jesus, listening to Him, staying near Him and loving Him. May we be more like Mary.

Meditation:

Imagine Martha and Mary invited you to their home to have dinner with Jesus. Their hearts are overflowing with gratitude for the Lord who had raised their brother Lazarus from the dead. Your heart is filled with gratitude too because you have been following Jesus and you desire to be near Him. You watch Martha serving so lovingly. Mary is humbly sitting at His feet as she cracks open the liter of costly aromatic oil. The room is suddenly filled with the fragrant aroma of the oil. Mary lovingly washes the feet of Jesus and dries them with her hair. 

You are so moved you sit beside Mary and help her wash His feet. As you help her, you look up at Jesus. His Love comes down upon you, a love so great. Gaze into His eyes and speak to Him. Tell Him everything that is in your heart: your joys, sorrows, sufferings, worries, fears, troubles. Tell Him everything. Jesus places His hand on your head and Love comes down upon you. Love comes down. Then you hear Jesus speak to you, "You are my beloved child."

Mary of Bethany, pray for us and all those for whom we pray. Teach us to humbly sit at the Feet of Jesus as you did and to entrust our lives to Him.

March 24, 2024

Palm Sunday! Hosanna in the Highest!

Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entrance of Christ into Jerusalem, when palm branches were placed in His path, before His arrest on Holy Thursday, His Crucifixion on Good Friday and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Beginning in the fourth century in Jerusalem, Palm Sunday was marked by a procession of the faithful carrying palm branches, representing the Jews who celebrated Christ's entrance into Jerusalem. 

At the procession of palms, Jesus said: "Go into the village opposite you,, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tethered on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here. And if anyone should ask you, 'What are you untying it?', you will answer, 'The Master has need of it.'" Luke 19:30-31

Jesus enters gloriously into Jerusalem to do His Father's Will.

So they brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks over the colt, and helped Jesus to mount. As He rode along, the people were spreading their cloaks on the road; and now as He was approaching the slope of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of His disciples began to praise God aloud with joy for all the mighty deeds they had seen. They proclaimed: "Blessed is the King who comes in the Name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest."  Luke 19:35-38

O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, help us enter into Holy Week, watching, listening and keeping our eyes on You as You carry the Cross.  We lift up to You all the petitions we receive through this ministry.