In common with all Catholics, we celebrate Holy Week
HOLY WEEK is the most important week of the year.
We remember and identify ourselves with the most important events in the history of mankind.
- these are the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God made Man, the Saviour of Mankind. The three solemn days at the end of Holy Week are called Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil of Saturday night into Sunday (Easter Day).
Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil are together known as the Sacred Triduum.
On Holy Thursday we share in the last Supper which he ate with his disciples and which is renewed in every Mass. In communion we are privileged to receive into ourselves our Lord and Saviour. We also remember the model of service Jesus gave us when he washed the feet of his disciples.
On Good Friday we have no Mass for our minds and hearts are full of the sufferings and death of Jesus, God made Man. We read the account of his trial and execution, we venerate the Cross, Communion is distributed with the Hosts consecrated on Holy Thursday. In the Stations of the Cross we follow Jesus from his condemnation to his burial. We pause fourteen times along the Way to meditate and to express sorrow for sin. Around the walls of every Catholic Church you will see these fourteen Stations of the Cross.
At the Easter Vigil, leading into Easter Sunday, all is changed. The Lord is Risen from the dead, Mankind is renewed, and we rejoice. Everything is made new, new fire, new light and new water. The bells ring out in joy and celebration.