Saint Matthew Assyrian - Chaldean Catholic Church, Ceres-CA
Celebrates Palm Sunday
“The crowds preceding him and those following kept crying out and saying: "Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest."” (Matthew 21:9)
Palm Sunday April 01 of 2012, the last Sunday of Lent: the commencement of the Holy Week and Easter obligation. The celebration at St. Matthew Catholic Church led by Fr. Michael Barota, the Parish Pastor, included the Benediction of the Palms, the Procession, and the Holy Mass. A group of children holding Olive Branches joined in the Procession and the Holy Mass celebration creating a remarkable scene that captured the hearts of the congregation.
Fr. Barota elaborated in his sermon on the meaning of Palm Sunday, and how people received Christ with Praise and Oshana Branches, and then they cried out on Friday; crucify Him, because Jesus Christ did not match their expectations. However, Oshana is encouraging us to receive our King peacefully and He will clean us inwardly and heal us from sins. It will be painful but glorious. Oshana Sunday was designed and designated by Christ Himself to announce the start of the Holy Week that includes His Passion and Crucifixion and ends with His Glorious Resurrection. Christ did it on His terms to show His love and obedience to the Father and His compassion to humanity. After the Holy Mass, the faithful gathered at the church hall and enjoyed delicious breakfast and middle-eastern desserts that were well prepared by the Daughters of Mary of St. Matthew Parish.