I have a special place in my heart for those who are home-bound. Part of the reason for this, of course, is that I have a disability myself and I don’t drive, so I can identify on a very personal level with many of those who are confined to their home. I am fortunate to have a wife and many friends from our parish, diaconate formation, and local community who are kind to make sure that I don’t stay confined and that I remain active in church and community affairs. In addition, I am still quite physically capable of going places nearby, and I do so. However, lots of disabled people, especially older people with disabilities aren’t so fortunate. One of the things many of them miss the most is the ability to be active in church. For Catholics who might be in this situation, many of them may miss the ability to participate fully in Holy Week.
Remembering the home-bound, the sick, and the infirm is a critical part of the Paschal Triduum, something that many Catholics may not know. Traditionally, on Holy Thursday, a deacon (or extraordinary minister of Holy Communion) removes enough of the Lord’s Body from the tabernacle to take to the home-bound or the sick on Holy Thursday or Good Friday, even though those are not Holy Days of Obligation. However, as close as that might make someone feel to the community of faith, it isn’t quite the same as attending Holy Week liturgies.
With that in mind, I thought I might at least post the next best thing here at Life At 25.
This is last year’s Palm Sunday Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. I pray that perhaps this beautiful liturgy may be a blessing to someone who needs it.