Glória in excélsis Deoet in terra pax homínibus bonae voluntátis.
It is the day that Judas Iscariot first conspired with the Sanhedrin to betray Jesus for thirty silver coins, today is called Spy Wednesday.
The Sanhedrin was gathered together and it decided to kill Jesus, even before Pesach if possible. In the meantime, Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper. Here he was anointed on his head by Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, with very expensive ointment of spikenard. Some of the disciples, particularly Judas, were indignant about this; the oil could have been sold to support the poor. Judas went to the Sanhedrin and offered them his support in exchange for money. From this moment on Judas was looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus.
The Tenebrae is a liturgy that is often celebrated on this day. The word tenebrae comes from the Latin meaning darkness. In this service, all of the candles on the altar table are gradually extinguished until thesanctuary is in complete darkness. At the moment of darkness, a loud clash occurs symbolizing the death of Jesus.
Chant from Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
“Hosanna Filio David”
And as he rode into Jerusalem, they spread their garments on the road. As he was now drawing near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
It is officially Passion-tide. the beginning of the most solemn time of the entire church calendar. In one week is Palm Sunday (The Commemoration of Jesus Christ’s entry into Jerusalem), and Holy Week.
From this point on, all icons, statues and images are veiled or removed from the churches.
Saint Patrick at Saint Anthony of Padua in Buffalo NY