IT'S HOLY WEEK

Holy Week begins tomorrow with Palm Sunday – and for ideas on how you can participate at home, have a look at this week’s newsletter. It also includes a short reflection from Canon Tom, and details of the Triduum liturgies.
This is the most sacred week in the Christian calendar, and being unable to be get to church certainly doesn’t mean we can’t enter very deeply into the Paschal mysteries. For those with young families, this email contains a few ideas to get you started on celebrating the Triduum with children.

But for many of us who may be in quieter households, the lockdown may be offering us an opportunity for a more contemplative participation in the Triduum than perhaps we’ve ever experienced before. Unable to get out to the Easter liturgies, or see family and friends, might we be able to devote these days to spending time in stillness, meditating on the Scriptures, and walking alongside Our Lord on the journey of His Passion, Death, and Resurrection?
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A PASSIONTIDE HOLY HOUR
Adoration, Prayer, Poetry, Scripture, Songs, and Silence.
Sadly, we weren’t able to gather for our Lenten Holy Hour – but hopefully with this video we can still be joined together in prayer during this sacred time, from wherever we are. I’d encourage you to set aside an hour this week to ‘keep watch’ with the Lord, and if this helps, then wonderful. And even if it’s not possible to keep a solid hour, you can always watch the video in sections! An outline of the ‘order of service’ is below. Sorry it’s not everything I’d have liked it to be, but the ‘special guest’ contributions (via video-link) are superb!

Running Order
0.00 Introduction
2.45 Poem – ‘Lent’ by Jean M. Watt, read by Rev Julie
4.00 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Silence
8.45 Scripture – Isaiah 35, read by Katie
13.15 Song – ‘Beauty of Holiness’ by JC Meigh
22.35 Poem – ‘I am the great sun’ by Charles Causley, read by Sisi
25.40 The Reproaches, musical setting by Dominic Meigh
33.35 Hymn – ‘My Song is Love Unknown’ sung by Kelly-Ann
41.55 Scripture – Romans 5.6-11, with a meditation by Stuart
50.25 Hymn – ‘When I Survey the Wondrous Cross’
55.10 Prayer
57.50 Benediction with Canon Tom Gunning




Video Holy Hour: giving a new meaning to Jesus’ question in Gethsemane, ‘Could you not watch with me one hour?’ (Matthew 26.40).

HOLY WEEK WITH CHILDREN
As well as the ideas from the Bishop’s office (on the back page of this week’s newsletter), many thanks to Julie for preparing a few activities for the children this week!  

Why not make an ‘Easter garden’? Take a photo, and we’ll publish a gallery on our website! We’ve also got colouring in for Holy Week, and an Easter card to make.

CAFOD also do a live-streamed children’s liturgy, every Sunday morning at 10am, and they have a mailing list with resources as well.

CATHEDRAL LITURGY TIMES
These are the times of the Liturgies which will be live-streamed from the Cathedral with Bishop Declan. Canon Tom's Triduum Liturgies will be celebrated in private, but the times are given in this week's newsletter, so that you can be united with us spiritually.
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KEEP SMILING

The Last Supper, via video chat, for reasons of ‘social distancing’.
 

Less facetiously, if you know of anybody who would normally go to Mass, but is without internet so cannot do ‘live streaming’, could you phone them, and put your ‘speakerphone’ next to the computer speakers during a Mass, so that they could at least listen along to the liturgy? Or if you can’t do it yourself, let us know and we can arrange somebody else to call them.
 
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We are aware of some members of our parish communities who are very unwell with the virus, so please keep them in your prayers – along with all those parishioners working for the NHS and in other key roles.

For some, this Triduum will bring a special solidarity with Jesus’ Passion, for others a new sharing in His loneliness, while others still are holding the towel like Veronica, to comfort the suffering. Wherever you are in living out the Paschal Mystery, may we all come to share soon in His Resurrection.
With our prayers,
Canon Tom Gunning (Parish Priest)
and Joseph Meigh (seminarian)
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