Holy Week is a very sacred time of the year for the Catholic Church, for it is now that we will pray, honour and remember the last week of Jesus’ life on this Earth. These are the days leading up to the great Easter Feast. The Lenten season is about to come to an end, but Holy Week is extremely important for all Christians. The greatest focus of Holy Week is the Passion (suffering) and Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the events that led up to it.
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, this marks Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, but ends with his Crucifixion. Following this is the Easter Triduum, this is the three days just before Easter. On Holy Thursday, we focus on the Lord’s Last Supper, which he shared with His apostles on the night He was betrayed and arrested. On Good Friday, the day of the crucifixion and death of our Lord, we have the veneration of the cross. Holy Saturday is a vigil, with the expectant rising of Our Saviour. By paying the price for our sins on the Cross, he gained for us eternal salvation.
Holy Week is a time to reflect and open our minds and hearts to Jesus and what He did for us. He is with us and gives us strength, hope and love for one another.
At Star of the Sea this week, we had planned a Stations of the Cross Liturgy and Holy Thursday Liturgy Holy Week until the Covid-19 Lockdown occurred. We will have small Liturgy based on the theme of Jesus’ Resurrection from Death, as written in the Bible in Week 1 of Term 2.