Last Saturday evening we celebrated a magnificent Palm Sunday Procession and Blessing of Palms at the Vigil Mass. The liturgy was particularly beautiful because we welcomed several seminarians from Saint Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie who served the Mass and then joined Father Peter and me at the rectory afterwards for dinner. It was a most enjoyable experience for everyone. Among the seminarians was Erialdo Ramirez who was assigned with us here at Saint Anthony’s last summer.
Below please enjoy the photographs I have posted. More will be coming of the other celebrations of this Holy Week as we get them.
The large palm arrangements in the Sanctuary of the church before Mass.
Father Peter and I join with seminarians from Saint Joseph’s Seminary following the Mass. From left to right; John Hwang from the Diocese of Brooklyn, Father Peter, Jose Acevedo-Arroyo from the Archdiocese of New York, Brother Dennis Gunn, a Christian Brother from Iona College in New Rochelle, Edwin Bonifacio from the Archdiocese of New York, Me, Rufus Kenny from the Archdiocese of New York, Erialdo Ramirez from the Archdiocese of New York, Father Anselm, a student at Saint Joseph’s Seminary and a priest of Burma and John Wachowitz from the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
The procession makes it way around the back of the church to the baptistry where the palms were set up for the start of the Mass.
The ministers of the Mass gather at the baptistry for the beginning of the Mass as the reading of the Gospel.
The Palm Sunday Procession makes its way to the Altar.
Father Peter, Father Anselm and I place our large palm arrangements at the foot of the crucifix.
Incensation of the Altar at the beginning of the Mass.
Incensation of the Crucifix.
I offer the Opening Prayer of the Mass.
We listen intently to the Readings of the Mass.
The account of the Passion of our Lord is read.
The seminarians listen prayerfully to the reading of the Passion of our Lord.
Erialdo Ramirez and I await the offertory gifts at the Sanctuary.
The bread and wine which will become the Body and Blood of Christ are offered on the Altar.
The Offertory Gifts are incensed on the Altar.
The Eucharistic Prayer is prayed during the Mass.
The Host is shown to the people during the Eucharistic Prayer for all to adore.
The chalice containing the Precious Blood of Christ is raised and offered and all adore.
The Body and Blood of Christ are shown to the people just before the reception of Holy communion.
I give the final blessing at the conclusion of the Mass.
The servers and ministers of the Mass prepare to leave the Sanctuary at the conclusion of the Mass.