Bringing Holy Week Home: Resource

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A Most Special Week
For Christians, Holy Week is the most important week of the year. Holy Week lasts from Palm Sunday until Easter Sunday and reaches its highpoint in what we call the Easter Triduum – those three great days from the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper to Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday. Reflecting on the Scriptures and turning to ritual and symbols, Christians throughout the world, journey with Jesus through those final days of his life, his passion, his death and resurrection. In the process, we experience God’s redemptive presence, our faith is deepened, our hope is renewed and our commitment to living a life of love of God and one another is strengthened.

All the Holy Week liturgies will be celebrated at the Cathedral in Down and Connor and people can join by viewing St Peter’s Cathedral Webcam

A different way of praying as a community of faith
This year our celebrations will be very different from anything that has gone before. The restrictions in place because of the Covid-19 Pandemic mean that as a Christian Community we cannot gather together for our usual religious services. This will not prevent us from uniting spiritually and taking time to pray, to reflect and to make this Holy Week a truly enriching experience of the presence of God in our lives. This guide is to assist us in walking the journey of Holy Week 2020 together, even if we must be apart.

Each of the eight days follows a similar pattern:

  • A sentence giving the focus of the day
  • A quote from the Gospel of the day, Scripture tells us
  • A section Deepening your participation in the broadcast celebration: highlighting key points for people joining in the liturgy of the day via digital broadcast, with simple steps to deepen their participation in the prayer of the day
  • A Prayer Ritual for the Home offering another way of people prayerfully entering into the spirit of the day
  • To do suggestions of practical actions / activities in tune with the day

For those who wish, the liturgical texts of the various ceremonies are available at https://us.magnificat.net/free.