Night Prayer for Holy Week
May the Lord grant you a quiet night and a perfect end.
Each evening during Holy Week
At 9:30 pm
Join us for a short recitation of
Night Prayer of the Church
“Foot washing unites us with the self-emptying Christ. It opens a door to the mystery of God’s self-giving that we celebrate during these three days.”
- Daily Mass Readings
We cannot be physically engage with those around us, but we can make an effort. Lift the phone to someone whom you have been putting off contacting, ask them how they are.
God of love,
as we remember
the events of this poignant night, open our eyes
to see the beauty
of Jesus’ self-giving love,
and by your Spirit
work in our community
a desire and commitment
to serve each other
and our hurting world.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
wash my feet!
When we unite ourselves with Christ in Baptism, we unite ourselves with him in his entirety and that includes a commitment to wash the feet of our brothers and sisters. In these days we are preparing to renew our baptism, The focus on the washing of the feet on Holy Thursday forces us to recognise the social dimension of our Faith , that union with Christ in Baptism, cannot but include a concern for my neighbour..
“Master, are you going to wash my feet?” The shock in Peter’s question is clear. How could his Lord and master stoop so low? Paul answered clearly in last Sunday’s liturgy: ”He emptied himself, taking the form of a slave.”
“Father, are you going to wash my feet?” “Sister, brother, friend, are you going to wash my feet?” The question is still pertinent today, and sometimes there is as much resistance now as Peter manifested centuries ago.
Self-emptying isn’t relevant; it’s prophetic. Try it. Get down on your knees in front of someone you love. Or better still, in front of a complete stranger. Gently remove their shoes and socks. See the calluses, the manicured feet, the twisted joints of the one who suffers from arthritis. Take that foot into your hands. Splash warm water on it; feel the tension, the relaxation; and then look up into their eyes. Recognize the new intimacy. A bond has been forged between servant and served. Ritual breaks barriers that we struggle to maintain. Don’t expect it to be comfortable: challenging, perhaps; consoling, hopefully.
Foot washing unites us with the self-emptying Christ. It opens a door to the mystery of God’s self-giving that we celebrate during these three days. Whether foot washing, eucharistic self-giving, or self-surrender on the cross, each opens the door to the same mystery. God gives the divine self, in Jesus, for the life of the world.
— Bernadette Gasslein