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Holy Week has just begun , the most important week in the Church’s calendar, a week when we are invited to take up our own Cross and particularly this year, help someone else carry theirs.
In the words of the poet Sister Anna Burke:
“May we see the light on the hill, may we hear the peace in the noise, may we touch the hope in the fading light, may we feel the sorrow in the earth, may we hold the teardrop in the towel, may we sense the healing in the pain, may we drink the water from the source, may we give the pardon to the one who asks, may we anticipate the victory and the failure, may we seek the beginning in the last breath and may we all await the morning in the silence.
This year’s Holy Week is being observed in very different circumstances. People will experience Holy Week at home during these days. Although the liturgies are long, they have a very special character that is memorable when they are well celebrated.
Silence is also important during these days – silent adoration, sitting silently or spending some time in quiet prayer, contemplating for example, the sorrows of the Blessed Mother.
It might help you enter more fully into the spirit of these days to read the scriptures that are associated with them, for example the readings of the liturgy for each day. If that is not possible try at least to read one of the Passion accounts – Matthew 27:1-26:66, Mark 14:1-15:47, Luke 22:1-23:56 or John 18:-19:42.
Well known devotions like the Rosary, the Way of the Cross or the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady, can also help to create the atmosphere of the week.
We hope the information and resources we have provided on this page will assist you with your observance of Holy Week and Easter 2020.
St.Mochonog’s Church, Kilmacanogue
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One of the traditions of Holy Week for many families is to go to pray the Stations of the Cross during the week or on Good Friday.
To help you pray the Stations of the Cross at home this year this audio presentation offers a simple reflection for each station to be prayed with your family.
Good Friday Ecumenical Walk 2020
Although apart we walk together.
This year the traditional Good Friday Ecumenical Walk with St. Mary’s Church, Enniskerry and St. Patrick’s Church, Powerscourt took place through a silent and isolated Enniskerry village….
Special Holy Week series of Podcasts – Faithcast
Faithcast is a mixture of interviews, news and stories of faith from the Catholic Church in Ireland. The podcast, which is usually published weekly, will now have a daily episode from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.
Fr. Bernard’s 2020 Eastertide Letter & Reflection
I write to you at a difficult time for all of us, in our area, country and world. This pandemic has brought necessary restrictions, fear and anxiety and concerns about work, and financial insecurity, among many other things. I was going to write about Easter and the Resurrection and our hope in the Lord, his love for us……… That can still hold but ……..
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‘The Creativity of love can overcome isolation’ -Pope’s Holy Week message:
This Palm Sunday is like no other.
We will not be going to our local church to get blessed palms,
This year we will have to find ways to mark Palm Sunday at home.
We hope that 👉 these resources 👈 will help you and your children enter into this sacred and special time in a prayerful way.