At the time of the crucifixion, the dogwood had reached the size of the mighty oak tree. So strong and firm was the wood, that it was chosen as the timber for Jesus’ cross. To be used for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the dogwood.
While nailed upon it, Jesus sensed this, and in his compassion said, “Because of your pity for my suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used for a cross.
Henceforth, it shall be slender, bent, and twisted, and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross – two long and two short petals. In the center of the outer edge of each petal will be the print of nails. In the center of the flower, stained with blood, will be a crown of thorns so that all who see it will remember.”
2 Let Us Sing for Joy
Let us Sing for Joy! For our Lord has Risen!
We are an Easter people, a holy people,
redeemed by God’s saving action in the Resurrection of our Lord and Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Today, God calls us to the glorious tomb to see what wonderful things He has done for us.
3 Divine Mercy Sunday
Divine Mercy Sunday is next week, April 27.
We invite you to join us at 3:00 pm to pray the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy.
For those who have prayed the Novena, confession is required within the two weeks before or after this Feast,
and communion is required on the day of the Feast.
Our Lord promised to the souls who follow these requests a complete remission of sin and punishment
We will close the Novena with:
· the prayer to the two new saints: Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II,
· the anointing of those who care for the sick and elderly,
· sprinkling with water from the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.