Newsletter for 18th & 25th March
<b "><span ">Holy Week
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<p "><span ">Holy Week which heralds the Easter or Resurrection Sunday is seen as a very sacred and solemn time of the year. <span "> It is a week in which we commemorate and remember in a special way the last week of Jesus’ life on earth. <span "> It is a very important week for all Christians as they focus on the passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the several events that brought about these. <p "><span "> <p "><span ">The Holy Week begins and concludes with Palm Sunday and the Easter Triduum respectively. The Palm Sunday marks the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, while the Easter Triduum which is the three days before Easter, namely: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday is a space of three days that are devoted to special prayers and observances. <p "><span "> <p "><span ">On Holy Thursday, on the night He was betrayed and arrested, we re-enact the Lord's Last Supper, where our Lord Jesus Christ not only instituted the Holy Eucharist (The Holy Mass) but also the Ministerial priesthood. <span "> It was a night He showed a great example of what love is when He washed the apostle’s feet. <p "><span "> <p "><span ">On Good Friday, we commemorate the crucifixion and death of our Lord. The cross where Jesus is crucified is venerated as a sign of honour and respect for the sacrifice Christ made for our sake. <p "><span "> <p "><span ">On Holy Saturday, we keep a vigil in expectation of the risen Lord. His rising from the dead gained for us our eternal salvation, thus opening once and for all the gate of heaven that was closed as a result of the sin of Adam. <p "><span "> <p "><span ">During these days, we suffer with Christ so that we might rise with Him at His glorious Resurrection. <span "> The church calls each and every one of<span "> us to clear our schedules of unnecessary activities and engage ourselves and participate actively in the activities of the coming weeks – the Triduum. <p "><span "> <p "><span ">Our minds and hearts should be fixed on Jesus and what He did for us. <span "> Let us bear the Cross so that we may be worthy of wearing the crown of the resurrection.