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Newsletter of Mater Dei Seminary
March, 2005

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Dear friends and benefactors,

In a very short time we shall enter upon the most solemn week of the entire Ecclesiastical Year, that one week which is known to all as Holy Week. Beginning on Palm Sunday with Our Lord’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem, through the institution of the Holy Eucharist and of the Sacred Priesthood on Holy Thursday, down the Via Crucis and up to Mount Calvary on Good Friday, and culminating with the glorious Resurrection of Our Saviour at the Holy Sepulchre on Easter morning, we shall spiritually walk in the footsteps of Our Divine Lord and His Holy Mother as we participate in the sacred liturgy.

At Mater Dei Seminary, our goal is to be well prepared for these most elaborate ceremonies, not just by the precise execution of the rubrics, but also by a spiritual comprehension of the wonderful significance of these liturgical actions and the pious exercise of them. Thus, we experience the theological principle “lex orandi, lex credendi,” the law of praying is the law of believing. And this theological principle can be experienced by all the faithful, no matter how young or old, how learned in the Faith or not.

The sacred liturgy is like the manna in the desert by which God miraculously fed His Chosen People both young and old. As the manna satisfied all the physical needs of the Israelites, so also the sacred liturgy — so simple and yet so profound — can feed all of the children of Holy Mother the Catholic Church.

As we continue our meditations and reflections during this season of Lent, let us recall the Old Testament prophecies of Isaias which described our Divine Saviour Jesus Christ in His Passion:

“Despised, and the most abject of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with infirmity... Surely He hath borne our infirmities and carried our sorrows...But He was wounded for our iniquities and He was bruised for our sins: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and by His bruises we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray, every one hath turned aside into his own way: and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquities of us all. He was offered because it was His own will, and He opened not His mouth: He shall be led as a sheep to the slaughter, and shall be dumb as a lamb before His shearer, and He shall not open His mouth” (Isaias 53: 3-7).

Let us make this coming Holy Week truly holy!

With my prayers and blessing,
Most Rev. Mark A. Pivarunas, CMRI

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