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  • On Thursday during 1:00pm-1:30pm we will be having a whole school Liturgy to help us celebrate Maundy Thursday and reflect on the final days of Jesus’ life on earth.
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Holy Week

The word of the week is Passion

This week we enter into Holy Week, which began on Palm Sunday. During Holy Week we reenact, relive, and participate in the journey Jesus made in the final week of Jesus’ life on Earth, and we reflect on that amazing act of love and sacrifice that is at the heart of our faith today.

Holy Week begins with the the joy and excitement that had greeted Jesus as he processed into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Within days, friendships were betrayed, joy turned to sorrow and the hopes and expectations of the people appeared to die with Jesus. The events of Holy Week can certainly be sad and painful to remember, but we know that soon the sorrow will turn to joy as we celebrate the glorious resurrection of Christ at Easter.  

Leader/Young person: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Yesterday we celebrated Palm Sunday. On this day, Jesus sent two of his disciples to find a young donkey and bring it to him so that he could ride into Jerusalem. The disciples brought the donkey to Jesus and spread their cloaks over its back for Jesus to sit on. As Jesus approached Jerusalem, crowds gathered, waving palm branches and shouting “Hosanna!”, fulfilling the ancient prophecy in Zechariah 9:9:

“Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

 

In the Bible, the crowds put their cloaks on the floor (a bit like a red carpet), they did this because they believed Jesus was going to come and save them. They thought that the saviour promised by God would defeat the Roman army by leading a war or uprising against it.

However, Jesus was not the kind of king that the people had expected. Jesus rode humbly on the back of a donkey. Jesus came as one of the people, with no army, and no intention of fighting the Romans. He was a king that preached peace and friendship to his enemies and believed that evil could be conquered by love and forgiveness.

Watch the video below for a short reflection on Palm Sunday’s Gospel, also known as Passion Sunday…

Leader/Young person – Let us Pray together:

Loving Jesus,

Help to have open hearts and welcome you into our lives as you were welcomed into Jerusalem.

Inspire us to be peacemakers and reach out to others in friendship.

May we never turn away from those who need our help or forgiveness.

Amen.

 

Leader/Young person: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

 

Leader/Young person: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

This week we come to the end of our Lenten journey, as we prepare for the Easter Triduim- Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

Today we reflect on our own Lenten journey and listen to a reflection The Briars Team have written themselves.

Listen carefully to the different words and inspiring people they quote….

Which words or quotes stand out to you the most?

What have you been called to do this Lent? In your prayer, fasting and giving?

What can you take with you from this Lent as we move forward? Do you have a highlight from this season of Lent?

Let us know in the comments below after you have watched the video!

Leader/Young person – Let us Pray together:

It is never too late to talk to God, get to know God or ask for forgiveness.

The grace of 40 days:

Time to make the desert journey
and renew our way to life.

Time for testing and for changing.
Time to trust the word of God.

Time to recognise holy presence
and share Cyrene’s work.

Time for forgiveness and for healing
and to repent our broken lives.

Time to build God’s dwelling with us
and proclaim full life for all.

Time to watch and wait with Jesus
and to prepare the upper room.

Time to turn our lives again to God
and to transform our world with love.

Amen.

Leader/Young person: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Leader/Young person: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

We on our second to last day of our Trust virtual pilgrimage and we have reached The Becket School! Tomorrow we finish our pilgrimage at Blessed Robert Widmerpool in Clifton.

At each stage of our pilgrimage we have been reflecting on specific themes, raising awareness for CAFOD’s walk for water campaign and praying together as a wider community.

Today we reflect on the theme of Vocations and ask ourselves, “what is God calling me to do?”

 

 

DISCUSS AND COMMENT:

Talk to the person next to you…

  • Where do you see yourself in ten years time?
  • Are there particular people whose vocations inspire you? Who are they?
  • If you could ask someone in a religious life a question, what would it be? (We will collect these questions and ask the experts!)

 

 

 

 

 

Leader/Young person – Let us Pray together:

Leader/Young person: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Today we have our final day Liturgy together at 1:00pm- 1:30pm!

Leader/Young person: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Today is Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, the first day of the Easter Triduum. Maundy Thursday is an ancient English name for Holy Thursday. It comes from the Latin, Mandatum novum da nobis (‘I give you a new commandment,’ John 13:34) that began the ancient foot-washing ceremony.’

At the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper each year, the priest washes the feet of twelve members of the congregation as a symbol of service and humility. At the end of the Mass the Blessed Sacrament is removed from the tabernacle and taken to an Altar of Repose for Adoration until midnight and people can stay and pray with Jesus, just like his apostles stayed with him as he prayed after his last supper.

Watch the video below to refresh your memory of what happened on Maundy Thursday….

Before you watch the video….how many of the 12 apostles can you name as a form? Comment below how many you get…

Bonus points if you can remember any of their occupations!

Leader/Young person – Let us Pray together:

This reflection could be read by a couple of volunteers, or perhaps each person in your form group may want to read a line. Listen carefully to the words and what words apply to you…

A reflection for Maundy Thursday

Jesus arrested, judged, found guilty and condemned to die
is held captive overnight.

If I were arrested and held this night what would I be found guilty of?

That I made friends with people irrespective of their colour, creed or class….
That I shared my bread with the poor….
That my words… and actions… brought healing and forgiveness….
That I made justice and didn’t count the cost ….
That I sought the truth and then spoke of it….
That I recognised my neighbour and loved them as my very self…
That I met God along the way in the healing and forgiveness I received….
That I accepted hospitality at many different tables….
That I was changed by the lives of others….
…. and often repented my arrogance and foolishness
in encountering their wisdom …
That friends and strangers sometimes paid the price for me….
That I never sought out suffering…
….. but journeyed with it to the best of my ability…
That the love of those about me taught me to love myself before God…

You call us out of brokenness
to mend and remake your creation.
Grant us the courage to stay
with all those who are held captive this night.
In the name of Jesus who is good news,

Amen.

Leader/Young person: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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