Bishop Burbidge Begins Holy Week "Walk with Jesus"
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge began Holy Week with the celebration of Palm (Passion) Sunday Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh. Palm Sunday marks the triumphant entry of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem days before His crucifixion.
Prior to the celebration of Mass, the faithful gathered with Bishop Burbidge in the cathedral courtyard for the blessing of the palms and then took part in a procession into the church, representing the procession of Jesus on the first Palm Sunday.
The “walk with Jesus” was noted by Bishop Burbidge in his homily, when he pointed out that during this “Holy Week,” we do more than just recall the events, but we actually relive them each step of the way. Citing recent examples of “horrific acts of evil,” the Bishop said, “We know what it means to walk with Jesus to Jerusalem. As we travel that path our eyes are focused firmly on the Cross. Like Jesus, we need not to run from it but to embrace it.”
Bishop Burbidge encouraged all Christians to “approach this week for an opportunity for abundant spiritual graces and blessings,” adding in this way the week will truly be “holy.”
Above: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge and Bishop-Emeritus F. Joseph Gossman during Palm Sunday procession at Sacred Heart Cathedral
Below: Sacred Heart Cathedral parishioners taking part in Palm Sunday procession