We will celebrate an Easter Liturgy of the Word in the Hall with Fr Baiyi when we return to school on Tuesday the 23rd of April at 9:45am.
Holy Week begins during the school holidays on Palm Sunday, when we remembered Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The purpose of Holy Week is to help us get ready for the heart of the Church’s year, the Triduum (three days). Holy Week concludes as Mass for Thursday of the Lord’s Supper begins. This is the first part of The Triduum. It continues the following day with Friday of the Passion of the Lord and reaches its climax with Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord.
During The Triduum, we remember the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus. On Holy Thursday, Jesus gathered with his disciples to share the Last Supper. Following this, he spent some time in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane where he was arrested and sentenced to death by crucifixion. On Good Friday, the Stations of the Cross remind us of Jesus’ final hours before his crucifixion and burial in a tomb.
During this Easter Season, we are reminded that, through his resurrection, Jesus brings us peace and joy. The first apostles told everyone that Jesus was alive in a powerful way. Through their words and actions they preached the good news. They tried to live what they understood as ‘good news’. It was an ideal Christian community they were attempting to create, empowered by the Holy Spirit. Jesus also continues to offer us peace and to send the Holy Spirit to empower us to do great and wonderful things. What are we going to do? How are we attempting, in our own small way, to create the ideal Christian community and share the peace and joy of Easter?