During Holy Week the church becomes the stage on which the Christian community performs the drama of salvation, not as passive spectators of a passion play, but as active participants whose lives are touched and transformed by its saving grace.
The rites of Holy Week are the most important services in the Christian year as they lead us to the nucleus of Christian faith: the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. They make up the heart and are the key to both the liturgical year and the life of the Church. Through a proper celebration of these rites, the Christian community is drawn into a transforming experience of the saving events of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection.
These are appropriate days to reawaken in us a more intense desire to be united to Christ and follow him generously, conscious that he has loved us to the point of giving his life for us. The events that Holy Week celebrates are the sublime manifestation of this love of God for man.
Let us strive to make Holy Week holy! Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Eve all have very special liturgies which are only ever celebrated on these particular days and which celebrate a specific aspect of the drama of our salvation.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are reflective days which help us prepare for the great events. This year we shall trive to keep them as if it was a mini retreat. On each of these days we shall celebrate Mass at 5.30pm this will then lead into a period of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament (during which we shall have a guided meditation making use of music, silence, prayers and readings) and then we shall conclude with Evening Prayer at 6.30pm. Please make every effort to make this a Great and Holy Week.