Night Prayer for Holy Week
May the Lord grant you a quiet night and a perfect end.
Each evening during Holy Week
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
“For it was to accomplish this mystery that he entered his own city of Jerusalem..”
BUILT WITH BOLDGRID
- Daily Mass Readings
Review your Lenten Commitment and if you have let it slide, redouble your efforts for this last Great Week
Almighty ever-living God,
who as an example of humility for the human race to follow
caused our savior to take flesh and submit to the Cross,
graciously grant that we may head his lesson of patient suffering and so merit a share in his Resurrection.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
- Laudato Si – here
Pope Francis sees Covid as a crisis out of which we are challenged to make our world a profoundly better place:
During the liturgy on Palm Sunday, we will pray Psalm 118 together, accompanied by its joyful refrain “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!”
Has the Church got it wrong, inviting us to pray such a lovely sentiment before we recall the days and hours leading up to and including Christ’s crucifixion?
By way of response I invite you to ponder this Sunday’s first Gospel passage in the light of a few other lines of the same psalm: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes’ and ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord.’
It is good to know, albeit it very difficult to comprehend, that the suffering endured by Christ was foreseen and engaged in freely by him, even to the point of borrowing a donkey. And why? Clearly for a great purpose, one that necessitated a laying down of his life for his friends (Jn 15:13), even in the face of rejection and brutality.
Do we share in this mystery of self-giving? If we do, let’s bring that to the altar on Sunday. If we don’t, let’s remember those that do … for the blood of martyrs remains the seed of the Church (Tertullian).
Taking Our Hearts to the Lord.
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