Night Prayer for Holy Week


May the Lord grant you a quiet night and a perfect end.

Each evening during Holy Week
@ 8pm
Palm Sunday Night to Easter Sunday Night

Join us for a short recitation of the the 
Night Prayer of the Church on Zoom, link here

The grain of wheat must fall into the ground and die in order to produce fruit….”


BUILT WITH BOLDGRID

  • Daily Mass Readings
    Available HERE 
  • Fasting:
    May be this week we could accept this fasting from company that Covid has imposed
    upon us: Grateful to be alive perhaps we could fast from complaining trusting that
    our grain of wheat that is dying now will yield a rich harvest in due season.
    Alms Giving:
    This week perhaps we could give a smile with our eyes to the people we see as we
    shop, the people who serve us in transportation, in retail and especially those we live
    with who might we challenging us in small but irritating ways.
  • Prayer:
    This week we pray for the courage to say “Yes” to God in the everyday choices we
    make and when faced with small and great challenges of our lives. Maybe we are
    tired right now of the restrictions of this time of Covid, maybe we are finding it hard
    to say “Yes” each day this week, to another day of constriction, another day without
    the consoling company of one who has died, of our grandchildren, of our friends, of
    those small taken for granted freedoms. Maybe today we could be grateful that we
    are loved and loving even if it does not feel like that right now.
  • Laudato Si – here
    Pope Francis sees Covid as a crisis out of which we are challenged to make our world a profoundly better place:

Unless a grain

Mary a Model in Discipleship: Saying “Yes” to God


In the Gospel this Sunday, the identity of Jesus is intriguing a small group of Greeks who want to know more about Him.  They sense that there is something different here and they want to learn more.

Their curiosity provides Jesus with an opportunity to tell his disciples who he is and what his about to happen to him.  Using the image of a grain of wheat that must die to yield a rich harvest, He invites them and us to follow him and to serve Him.

The invitation he sends out to His would be disciples reverberates inward and so His soul becomes troubled by what, He is increasingly aware, is about to happen to Him. In that moment of apprehension He turns to His Father in prayer and finds the strength, courage and fortitude to accept again his mission.

The text tells us that He is comforted and affirmed by the Father in a spectacular way but this spectacular demonstration, the text tells us, is not because he is a celebrity. It is evidence for his audience and for us of the power and glory of the Father whose will for Him He now knowingly accepts so that by being lifted up He will “draw all men to himself”

The Feast of the Annunciation

On Thursday this week we will celebrate the Feast of The Annunciation: Reading again the story of the Annunciation I was struck by the closeness of the image of discipleship Jesus Himself gives us in today’s Gospel and the image Mary gives us of the same discipleship in her “Yes” to God’s mission for her when she was visited by the Angel Gabriel in a spectacular way. She too sees the visit of the Angel not as proof of her celebrity but rather of the power and glory of God

This “Yes” involves letting go for the ordinary certainties that parse our lives: To go perhaps where we would rather not go, to go there trusting that the Father will be with us and be waiting for us at the end of each journey in which we deepen and widen our relationship with Him and with His son.

Prayer: This week we pray for the courage to say “Yes” to God in the every day choices we make when faced with small and great challenges of our lives. Maybe we are tired right now of  the restrictions of this time of Covid, maybe we are finding it hard to say “Yes” each day this week, to another day of constriction, another day without the consoling company of one who has died, of our grandchildren, of our friends, of those small taken for granted freedoms. Maybe today we could be grateful that we are loved and loving even if it does not feel like that right now.

Fasting: May be this week we could accept this fasting from company that Covid has imposed upon us: Grateful to be alive perhaps we could fast from complaining trusting that our grain of wheat that is dying now will yield a rich harvest in due season.

Alms Giving: This week perhaps we could give a smile with our eyes to the people we see as we shop, the people who serve us in transportation, in retail and especially those we live with who might we challenging us in small but irritating ways.

 

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