Holy Week & Easter 2015
Holy Monday 30th March Chrism Mass at our Mother Church of Our Lady of the Assumption with St. Gregory, Warwick Street W.1. London at 11.30am. Papal Nuncio presiding.
Holy Tuesday 31st March at St Peter’s Eastwood, Mass 9.30am followed by Rosary and Confessions. Adoration until noon
Holy Wednesday 1st April at St Peter’s Eastwood, Mass 9.30am followed by Rosary and confessions. Adoration until noon.
Holy Thursday 2nd April. at St. Peter’s Eastwood The Holy Triduum begins –the great three days of the Lord’s Passion Death and Resurrection. 7pm Confessions.
8pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper with ceremonies and watch until Midnight at the Altar of repose.
Good Friday 3rd April. St Peter’s Eastwood, 9.15am Office of Readings and Morning Prayer 10am Stations of the Cross with our children. 3pm the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion.
6pm Maria Desolata (Stations with Our Lady)
Holy Saturday 4th April at St Peter’s Eastwood, 10am Office of Readings and Morning Prayer
7.30pm The Easter Vigil at St Peter’s Eastwood, –First Mass of Easter with reception of adults into the Catholic Church, followed by celebratory drinks in the narthex. Easter Sunday 5th April Sung Mass of the Day in thanksgiving of the Resurrection 10.30am at St. Pius X Hockley.
Masses at Eastwood 8.30am of the Dawn 10am of the Day 6pm Evening Mass
The holiest of weeks…
Today ( Palm Sunday) we enter Jerusalem, as our church becomes that place for the liturgies of the holiest of weeks. Jesus arrives, riding on a donkey; such great humility displayed so lovingly by the Son of David who comes in the name of the Lord, hosanna in the highest!
This is the week, above all others that we put all earthly priorities aside to journey with Jesus. We will share in his Last Supper, his agony in the Garden, arrest and trial, the scourging, the carrying of the cross and finally his death at Golgotha. If we neglect to accompany our Lord on this journey then I’m afraid the Glory of Easter Day will be void of its true significance and meaning? Therefore I urge each and every one of you to attend the solemn liturgies of the great three days that make up the Triduum, at St Peter’s.
Sharing these great events in communion with each other will help us to really participate in the passion, death and resurrection of Christ. We affirm our own Baptismal promises at the Easter Vigil to recall that we too will die and rise as a new creation. This theme is central to the Pasch that we celebrate. Before that we are reminded at the moving mass of the Lord’s Supper on the evening of Holy Thursday that Jesus washed the feet of his disciples as an example of loving service to all.
Our Holy Father, Pope, Francis, is a living witness and Apostle to the truth, teaching and reminding each and every one of us just what it means to be a true servant and disciple in today’s self-centred world. May we learn from his humility and actions, for they are nothing but the actions of the great Servant King himself, Jesus Christ, of whom we are called by name to follow?
And so please spend time with Our Lord this holiest of all weeks? Come and enter into the very mystery of our salvation by watching and praying with him who came from heaven to share in our humanity, to suffer and to die, so that we might live: Hosanna in the highest!!
Wishing you all, a very blessed Holy Week.
Your priest and friend, Fr. Jeff