Welcome to the Triduum: the most sacred three days of the year. Hopefully this email might contain a few ideas for how you can enter into it as deeply as possible from home, including our first foray into live broadcasting – with Morning Prayer via Zoom for Good Friday & Holy Saturday.
Thank you to everyone who’s left some kind comments and messages about the Passiontide Holy Hour – it’s really wonderful to have been united in prayer with so many people that way. Why not also mark Good Friday with our Stations of the Cross with Canon Tom?
Don’t forget Good Friday is a day of fasting and abstinence for Catholics who are able to do so: that means no meat, and only one meal (with two smaller snacks). Any money saved could be donated to CAFOD.
Read on for the details of our Zoom prayers, an Alpha course starting next week, and a spiritual pilgrimage video through the Holy Land......
Like the disciples in Luke 23.49, we find ourselves ‘watching from a distance’. This domestic oratory, for watching the daily Mass live-streamed from the Cathedral, was sent in by a parishioner. We might like to consider how we can enhance our participation in the Triduum liturgies over the coming days...
Thursday’s Mass of the Lord’s Supper would normally be followed by ‘watching’ with the Lord in Gethsemane, concluding with Compline (Night Prayer).
Have a crucifix to hand on Good Friday, so you can join in the veneration of the cross. This service would normally conclude with the ‘stripping of the altar’ where all decoration is removed – as part of the ‘liturgical death’ which the Church undergoes with the Lord...
...but could you fill the house with flowers ready for Saturday evening, and the Easter Vigil? Have you got a candle which could be your Paschal candle, lit to represent Jesus’ triumph over death? Have you got any Holy Water, for the renewal of Baptismal promises?
We’re going to try an experiment with live-streaming. We don’t have WiFi in the church, but we’re going to try praying the Divine Office from the house, via Zoom, over the Triduum.
If you don’t have Zoom, it’s free and easy to download.
Get Zoom
The times are…
Good Friday – Office of Readings & Morning Prayer – 9.30am
Holy Saturday – Office of Readings & Morning Prayer – 9.30am
Easter Sunday – Evening Prayer (Vespers) – 5pm
You’ll be required to enter the following…
Meeting ID: 750 028 1276
Password: 123

We’ll be online from around 10 minutes beforehand. In theory, you should just be able to click this button to join in...!

Join the Live Divine Office
Three ways to join in the Divine Office...
  1. The easiest way is if you have a Breviary (the physical book).
  2. provides the texts online for free, but in a different translation (for copyright reasons).
  3. In order to get the same translation as in the Breviary, you’ll need the full version of Universalis either on your PC, or on your phone (Android or iOS). Both are free for 30 days; thereafter, the phone version is £10, and the PC version is £20 (but includes phone and ebook reader versions as well). This gives the full Office, plus daily Mass readings, saints, etc.
On Good Friday, we normally take a collection for the ‘Holy Places’, to help those responsible for the upkeep and security of the sacred places in the Holy Land, but also for the various needs of the Christians living there (which, as Bishop Declan highlights in next week’s Newsletter, are extremely great during this pandemic).
If you’re able to give to this appeal, please visit…

Meanwhile in our next door parish of Nailsea, Fr Tom Dubois is preparing to begin an (online) Alpha course, beginning on Easter Monday at 7.30pm.
At a time when many people are perhaps being forced to look for deeper meaning in their lives, this is a chance to explore the big issues of life and faith and unpack the basics of Christian belief, addressing questions like “Who is Jesus?”, “Why and how do I pray?” and “How does God guide us?”.
There’ll be a short video, followed by discussion over Zoom. Everyone is welcome. There is no charge to take part and no need to commit to the course - do just try it to see what you think.
Do you know anybody who could be interested in exploring the ideas of Christianity, but might just need a nudge? Let them know.
Alpha Course with Fr Tom Dubois

According to this interview with one of Alpha’s founders, Nicky Gumbel, this lockdown has ‘brought the church innumerable opportunities to share the Gospel’. More people are signing up in a week than normally would in several months – and their church is starting two new courses each week, just to cope with the numbers!


Triduum: A Spiritual Pilgrimage is a beautiful, 30 minute contemplative documentary. This film cinematically walks through the locations of the Holy Week story, re-presenting the most important days of human history. Immersed in the real and sacred places of the Holy Land, the pilgrim faithful is brought tangibly nearer to the story, the landscape, and the reality of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Triduum draws Catholics and those with open hearts and minds to experience a deeper understanding of these events and places, and offers rich meditations for the pilgrimage of daily life. Now more than ever, as many of us are confined to our homes, journey along this spiritual pilgrimage and be drawn more deeply into the life and love of God.


Do get outside for your daily exercise, if it’s safe to do so, and enjoy the springtime… but no beauty spots, I'm afraid!
Wishing everyone a very peaceful and prayerful Triduum, however strange and painful in many ways. We remain united in prayer.
With our prayers,
Canon Tom Gunning (Parish Priest)
and Joseph Meigh (seminarian)
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