Reflecting on 21 Centuries of Faith

Preparing for Judica Sunday

Traditionally, the fifth Sunday of Lent is Passion or Judica Sunday.  The term Judica is taken from the first words of the Introit for this Sunday, “Judge me, O Lord…” from Pslam 43.  Since Vatican II, Passion Sunday has been combined with Palm Sunday though many of the traditions inherent to the separate feasts continue for the clergy and faithful alike.

One of those traditions is the veiling of all crucifixes, statues, and pictures in purple cloth until the Easter vigil.  This practice was to incarnate the last words of the Gospel read on Passion Sunday, “They picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple” (John 8:59).

The Sacramentary still encourages this noble practice.  In our house, the kids enjoy draping all crucifixes, icons, statues, etc.  It helps them mentally make the transition to this solemn time of year and prepare for Holy Week.  Let’s keep this practice alive in our homes.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church  encourages to orient our lives in accordance with the liturgical year:

The celebration of the Liturgical Year is meant to draw the Catholic faithful into the Mystery of Christ, helping them to experience His divine life more fully and deeply. This includes remembering and celebrating the lives of the saints, especially Mary, the Mother of God: “By keeping the memorials of the saints – first of all the holy Mother of God, then the apostles, the martyrs, and other saints – on fixed days of the Liturgical Year, the Church on earth shows that she is united with the liturgy of heaven. She gives glory to Christ for having accomplished his salvation in his glorified members; their example encourages her on her way to the Father.” (CCC 1195)

My the  preparations for Passion Sunday in your domestic church till the soil of your heart to receive His rain of mercy in your local Church.

One Response to Preparing for Judica Sunday

  1. Joe Adams says:

    One of my favourite chants from the Liber Usualis

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