PATERSON The community of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist celebrated Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion at a vigil Mass in Spanish Saturday evening, March 19 with Bishop Serratelli as the main celebrant with Msgr. Mark Giordani, cathedral rector, among the concelebrants. The Mass was held at the Bishop Rodimer Center, adjacent to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, which is currently undergoing major renovations.
Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified. During Mass, palms were distributed to parishioners and were blessed by the Bishop. The vestments for the Mass on Palm Sunday are red, symbolizing the redemption in blood that Christ paid for the world.