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The Prayer Resources this week are slightly different from usual! Although there are still songs, pictures, videos and actions each resource is centred around the scripture that will be read at Masses celebrated during Holy Week.

As we get further throughout the week it should be easier to understand the events that led up to the crucifixion of Jesus and His resurrection.

On Monday there is the chance to listen to some music which helps us to reflect on the scripture from John’s Gospel when Jesus visits the home of Lazarus, Mary and Martha and His feet are anointed by Mary. It will help us to think about whether we are thankful for the sacrifice that Jesus has made for us.

There are pictures and a video on Tuesday when we learn that Judas will betray Jesus for some silver coins and that Peter will deny Jesus 3 times.

On Wednesday there is the chance to complete Lenten Journals as a reflection on our preparations throughout Lent.

On Thursday we will focus on the great act of service that Jesus performed for His disciples by washing their feet, teaching them that to be the greatest they must shine as an example of love.

Easter is the most important time in the Church’s year so if you’d like to find out how you can get more involved scroll to the bottom of the page where you will find times and links to information about the Masses and Services throughout Holy Week.

Take this opportunity to prepare yourself for the joy of Easter and to deepen your faith.

Monday

Today’s scripture is the Gospel reading that you will hear if you go to Mass today and it explains what Jesus was doing 6 days before the Passover (The Last Supper).

Jesus is visiting a man called Lazarus, and his sisters Mary and Martha. Earlier in the Gospels Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and we hear about the sisters Mary and Martha when Jesus tells Martha that she should follow her sister’s example by focusing on the important things, such as faith, instead of worrying about lots of other things.

Read carefully to see what happens when Jesus visits them for the last time before his death.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.anointing-jesus-feet

(Glory to you O Lord.)

Six days before the Passover, Jesus went to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, the man he had raised from death. They prepared a dinner for him there, which Martha helped serve; Lazarus was one of those who were sitting at the table with Jesus. Then Mary took a whole pint of a very expensive perfume made of pure nard, poured it on Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The sweet smell of the perfume filled the whole house. One of Jesus’ disciples, Judas Iscariot—the one who was going to betray him—said, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold for three hundred silver coins and the money given to the poor?” He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief. He carried the money bag and would help himself from it.

But Jesus said, “Leave her alone! Let her keep what she has for the day of my burial. You will always have poor people with you, but you will not always have me.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

(Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.)

(John 12: 1-8)

The perfume that Mary used to anoint Jesus’ feet would have been very expensive oil.

Judas didn’t want Mary to use the perfume because he would rather have taken the money for himself but Jesus explained that they should be grateful that they have Him.

In today’s song the words talk about using oil and being thankful for Jesus.

Join in with the song if you pick up the tune and think carefully about the words and whether you are thankful for what Jesus has done for you.

 

Tuesday

The scripture below is from John’s Gospel and it is the same scripture that you will hear if you go to Mass today.

This scripture is from The Last Supper when Jesus ate with His disciples.

When you have read the scripture watch the video below to see if Peter remained a good friend to Jesus.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.

(Glory to you O Lord.)

After Jesus had said this, he was deeply troubled and declared openly, “I am telling you the truth: one of you is going to betray me.”

The disciples looked at one another, completely puzzled about whom he meant. One of the disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, was sitting next to Jesus. Simon Peter motioned to him and said, “Ask him whom he is talking about.”

So that disciple moved closer to Jesus’ side and asked, “Who is it, Lord?”

silver coinsJesus answered, “I will dip some bread in the sauce and give it to him; he is the man.” So he took a piece of bread, dipped it, and gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Hurry and do what you must!” None of the others at the table understood why Jesus said this to him. Since Judas was in charge of the money bag, some of the disciples thought that Jesus had told him to go and buy what they needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor.

Judas accepted the bread and went out at once. It was night.

After Judas had left, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man’s glory is revealed; now God’s glory is revealed through him. And if God’s glory is revealed through him, then God will reveal the glory of the Son of Man in himself, and he will do so at once. My children, I shall not be with you very much longer. You will look for me; but I tell you now what I told the Jewish authorities, ‘You cannot go where I am going.’

Before the Rooster Crows Three TimesAR“Where are you going, Lord?” Simon Peter asked him.

“You cannot follow me now where I am going,” answered Jesus; “but later you will follow me.”

“Lord, why can’t I follow you now?” asked Peter. “I am ready to die for you!”

Jesus answered, “Are you really ready to die for me? I am telling you the truth: before the rooster crows you will say three times that you do not know me.

The Gospel of the Lord.

(Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.)

John 13: 21-33, 36-38

When Jesus was arrested, what did Peter do?

What did Peter say when people asked him if he was a friend of Jesus?

How do you think Jesus felt when Peter said that he didn’t know Him?

How do you think Peter felt after he had said that he didn’t know Jesus 3 times?

What would you say if someone asked you if you are a friend of Jesus?

Peter was scared because Jesus had been arrested and he was worried that the soldiers might arrest him too so he lied about being a friend of Jesus.

Sometimes we can feel awkward or embarrassed about being a friend of Jesus because not everyone around us understands what a wonderful thing it is to be close to Jesus.

When someone speaks to you about Jesus try to stand up for your faith and for your friend, Jesus. Do not be afraid because God will always protect you.

Please help us Lord to stand up for what we believe in and to be a good friend of Jesus.

Amen.

Wednesday

In this scripture reading from Matthew’s Gospel we will hear how the disciples prepared to celebrate the Passover.

Read it through carefully and think about the sort of preparations that you would make for a big event.

passover2011tradition[1]A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

(Glory to you O Lord.)

On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus and asked him, “Where do you want us to get the Passover meal ready for you?”

“Go to a certain man in the city,” he said to them, “and tell him: ‘The Teacher says, My hour has come; my disciples and I will celebrate the Passover at your house.’”

The disciples did as Jesus had told them and prepared the Passover meal.

The Gospel of the Lord.

(Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.)

Matthew 26: 17 – 19

Jesus told His disciples to make preparations before they celebrated the Passover.

This is just like what we do during Lent as we prepare to celebrate Easter.

Just as the disciples showed their preparations to Jesus, today’s activity will be a chance to reflect on the preparations that we have made throughout Lent.

Take some paper and create a mini booklet which will form your Lenten Journal.journal

Inside your journal reflect on the things that you have done to prepare yourself during Lent. You could draw your reflections, write about them, create a song about them – be as creative as you like!

Write about the times when you have:

  • made a sacrifice and given something up
  • given to others
  • made time to pray

Think about your faith and your relationship with Jesus now.

Think about how you will continue to stay close to Jesus and to have a good relationship with God as you celebrate Easter. You could write a special prayer about your Lenten journey and your celebrations at Easter.

Holy Thursday

John’s Gospel tells us about the amazing events that happened at The Last Supper when Jesus washed the feet of His disciples.

Read the scripture below and then watch the video beneath.

Think about how you would feel if you had to wash lots of feet.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.

(Glory to you O Lord.)

Jesus knew that the Father had given him complete power; he knew that he had come from God and was going to God. So he rose from the table, took off his outer garment, and tied a towel around his waist. Then he poured some water into a washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Are you going to wash my feet, Lord?”

Jesus answered him, “You do not understand now what I am doing, but you will understand later.”

Peter declared, “Never at any time will you wash my feet!”

“If I do not wash your feet,” Jesus answered, “you will no longer be my disciple.”

Simon Peter answered, “Lord, do not wash only my feet, then! Wash my hands and head, too!”

Jesus said, “Those who have taken a bath are completely clean and do not have to wash themselves, except for their feet. All of you are clean—all except one.” (Jesus already knew who was going to betray him; that is why he said, “All of you, except one, are clean.”)

After Jesus had washed their feet, he put his outer garment back on and returned to his place at the table. “Do you understand what I have just done to you?” he asked. “You call me Teacher and Lord, and it is right that you do so, because that is what I am. I, your Lord and Teacher, have just washed your feet. You, then, should wash one another’s feet. I have set an example for you, so that you will do just what I have done for you. I am telling you the truth: no slaves are greater than their master, and no messengers are greater than the one who sent them. Now that you know this truth, how happy you will be if you put it into practice!

The Gospel of the Lord.

(Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.)

(John 13: 3-17)

What do you think it would have been like to wash lots of dirty feet?

Would you wash someone’s feet?

Why did Jesus wash His disciples’ feet?

Jesus was a leader for His disciples but He also served them.

As Jesus said, we should serve each other and help those in need whenever we can.

How can you serve others in your Class?

How can you serve others in your school community?

How can you serve others in your local area?

How can you serve others across the world?

Please help us Jesus to follow your example and to serve those around us with love.

Amen.

During Mass on Maundy Thursday the priest will do as Jesus did and will wash the feet of the parishioners that he serves.

Check the times below to find out when the Holy Week Masses and services will take place in your local area so that you can be a part of the most important celebrations in the Church’s year!

Good Friday

On Good Friday we commemorate the death of Jesus and the great sacrifice that he made out of love for each one of us.

On this day there are no Masses celebrated, only services at 3pm, the time when Jesus died. The tabernacle is emptied and the altar is stripped bare to remind us of how deserted and confused the disciples must have felt.

Below you will find the 14 Stations of the Cross complete with pictures and scripture and these will hopefully help you to reflect on the journey that Jesus took to the cross and to think about the great sacrifice that He made for us.

Sometimes this is done by quietly reflecting and praying, whilst using pictures as a focus, but this can also be done by acting out the stations and sharing our thoughts, prayers and reflections with others too.

Your job is to split into small teams who will each prepare a reflection on one of the fourteen stations.

You could act out your station or you could use the picture to help you to describe what is happening and how Jesus, and the other people in our station, would have been feeling. You could even use a song or liturgical dance to express the scene in the station.

Try to use the scripture and prepare a prayer for the end of the station.

When everyone has prepared their station reflections gather together calmly and quietly to share in this time of prayer as you watch and reflect upon what each group has prepared.

Jesus condemned to deathStation 1: Jesus is condemned

Pilate called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people, and said to them, “You brought this man to me and said that he was misleading the people. Now, I have examined him here in your presence, and I have not found him guilty of any of the crimes you accuse him of. Nor did Herod find him guilty, for he sent him back to us. There is nothing this man has done to deserve death. So I will have him whipped and let him go.”

The whole crowd cried out, “Kill him! Set Barabbas free for us!” (Barabbas had been put in prison for a riot that had taken place in the city, and for murder.)

Pilate wanted to set Jesus free, so he appealed to the crowd again. But they shouted back, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”

Pilate said to them the third time, “But what crime has he committed? I cannot find anything he has done to deserve death! I will have him whipped and set him free.”

But they kept on shouting at the top of their voices that Jesus should be crucified, and finally their shouting succeeded. So Pilate passed the sentence on Jesus that they were asking for. He set free the man they wanted, the one who had been put in prison for riot and murder, and he handed Jesus over for them to do as they wished.

(Luke 23: 13-25)

Jesus receives the cross

Station 2: Jesus receives the cross

The soldiers took Jesus inside to the courtyard of the governor’s palace and called together the rest of the company. They put a purple robe on Jesus, made a crown out of thorny branches, and put it on his head. Then they began to salute him: “Long live the King of the Jews!” They beat him over the head with a stick, spat on him, fell on their knees, and bowed down to him. When they had finished making fun of him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes back on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

(Mark 15: 16-20)

Station 3: Jesus falls the first time

“But he endured the suffering that should have been Jesus fallsours,
    the pain that we should have borne.
All the while we thought that his suffering
    was punishment sent by God.
But because of our sins he was wounded,
    beaten because of the evil we did.
We are healed by the punishment he suffered,
    made whole by the blows he received.
All of us were like sheep that were lost,
    each of us going his own way.
But the Lord made the punishment fall on him,
    the punishment all of us deserved.

“He was treated harshly, but endured it humbly;
    he never said a word.
Like a lamb about to be slaughtered,
like a sheep about to be sheared,
    he never said a word.

(Isaiah 53: 4-7)

Jesus meets his mother

Station 4: Jesus meets his mother

Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing there; so he said to his mother, “He is your son.”

Then he said to the disciple, “She is your mother.” From that time the disciple took her to live in his home.

(John 19: 26-27)

 

 

Simon

Station 5: Simon helps Jesus carry the cross

The soldiers led Jesus away, and as they were going, they met a man from Cyrene named Simon who was coming into the city from the country.

They seized him, put the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus.

(Luke 23: 26)

Station 6: Veronica wipes the face of JesusVeronica

It was the will of the Lord that his servant
    grow like a plant taking root in dry ground.
He had no dignity or beauty
    to make us take notice of him.
There was nothing attractive about him,
    nothing that would draw us to him.
We despised him and rejected him;
    he endured suffering and pain.
No one would even look at him—
    we ignored him as if he were nothing.

(Isaiah 53: 2-3)

The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!’

(Matthew 25: 40)

Station 7: Jesus falls the second timesecond fall

I am bent over, I am crushed;
    I mourn all day long.
I am burning with fever
    and I am near death.
I am worn out and utterly crushed;
    my heart is troubled, and I groan with pain.

O Lord, you know what I long for;
    you hear all my groans.
My heart is pounding, my strength is gone,
    and my eyes have lost their brightness.
My friends and neighbors will not come near me,
    because of my sores;
    even my family keeps away from me.
Those who want to kill me lay traps for me,
    and those who want to hurt me threaten to ruin me;
    they never stop plotting against me.

(Psalm 38: 6-12)

The Lord said, “They are my people; they will not deceive me.” And so he saved them from all their suffering. It was not an angel, but the Lord himself who saved them. In his love and compassion he rescued them. He had always taken care of them in the past,

(Isaiah 63: 8-9)

Women of Jerusalem

Station 8: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

A large crowd of people followed him; among them were some women who were weeping and wailing for him. Jesus turned to them and said, “Women of Jerusalem! Don’t cry for me, but for yourselves and your children. For the days are coming when people will say, ‘How lucky are the women who never had children, who never bore babies, who never nursed them!’ That will be the time when people will say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us!’ and to the hills, ‘Hide us!’For if such things as these are done when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

(Luke 23: 27-31)

 

third fall

Station 9: Jesus falls the third time

The Lord guides us in the way we should go
    and protects those who please him.
If they fall, they will not stay down,
    because the Lord will help them up.

(Psalm 37: 23-24)

Our High Priest is not one who cannot feel sympathy for our weaknesses. On the contrary, we have a High Priest who was tempted in every way that we are, but did not sin. Let us have confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it.

(Hebrews 4: 15-16)

Jesus is stripped of his clothing

Station 10: Jesus is stripped of his clothing

An evil gang is around me;
    like a pack of dogs they close in on me;
    they tear at my hands and feet.
All my bones can be seen.
    My enemies look at me and stare.
They gamble for my clothes
    and divide them among themselves.

(Psalm 22: 16-18)

…they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier. They also took the robe, which was made of one piece of woven cloth without any seams in it. The soldiers said to one another, “Let’s not tear it; let’s throw dice to see who will get it.” This happened in order to make the scripture come true:

“They divided my clothes among themselves
    and gambled for my robe.”

And this is what the soldiers did.

(John 19: 23-24)

Station 11: Jesus is nailed to the cross

Jesus is nailed to the crossWhen they came to the place called “The Skull,” they crucified Jesus there, and the two criminals, one on his right and the other on his left. Jesus said,“Forgive them, Father! They don’t know what they are doing.”

They divided his clothes among themselves by throwing dice. The people stood there watching while the Jewish leaders made fun of him: “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah whom God has chosen!”

The soldiers also made fun of him: they came up to him and offered him cheap wine, and said, “Save yourself if you are the king of the Jews!”

Above him were written these words: “This is the King of the Jews.”

One of the criminals hanging there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

The other one, however, rebuked him, saying, “Don’t you fear God? You received the same sentence he did. Ours, however, is only right, because we are getting what we deserve for what we did; but he has done no wrong.” And he said to Jesus, “Remember me, Jesus, when you come as King!”

Jesus said to him, “I promise you that today you will be in Paradise with me.”

(Luke 23: 33-43)

Station 12: Jesus dies.

Jesus diesAt noon the whole country was covered with darkness, which lasted for three hours. At about three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud shout, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why did you abandon me?”

Some of the people standing there heard him and said, “He is calling for Elijah!” One of them ran up at once, took a sponge, soaked it in cheap wine, put it on the end of a stick, and tried to make him drink it.

But the others said, “Wait, let us see if Elijah is coming to save him!”

Jesus again gave a loud cry and breathed his last.

Then the curtain hanging in the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split apart, the graves broke open, and many of God’s people who had died were raised to life. They left the graves, and after Jesus rose from death, they went into the Holy City, where many people saw them.

When the army officer and the soldiers with him who were watching Jesus saw the earthquake and everything else that happened, they were terrified and said, “He really was the Son of God!”

There were many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee and helped him. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the wife of Zebedee.

(Matthew 27: 32 – 44)

Jesus is taken down from the cross

Station 13: Jesus is taken down from the cross

After this, Joseph, who was from the town of Arimathea, asked Pilate if he could take Jesus’ body. (Joseph was a follower of Jesus, but in secret, because he was afraid of the Jewish authorities.) Pilate told him he could have the body, so Joseph went and took it away. Nicodemus, who at first had gone to see Jesus at night, went with Joseph, taking with him about one hundred pounds of spices, a mixture of myrrh and aloes. The two men took Jesus’ body and wrapped it in linen cloths with the spices according to the Jewish custom of preparing a body for burial.

(John 19: 38-40)

 

In the tombStation 14: Jesus is laid in the tomb

Pilate gave orders for the body to be given to Joseph. So Joseph took it, wrapped it in a new linen sheet, and placed it in his own tomb, which he had just recently dug out of solid rock. Then he rolled a large stone across the entrance to the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there, facing the tomb.

The next day, which was a Sabbath, the chief priests and the Pharisees met with Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember that while that liar was still alive he said, ‘I will be raised to life three days later.’ Give orders, then, for his tomb to be carefully guarded until the third day, so that his disciples will not be able to go and steal the body, and then tell the people that he was raised from death. This last lie would be even worse than the first one.”

“Take a guard,” Pilate told them; “go and make the tomb as secure as you can.”

So they left and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and leaving the guard on watch.

(Matthew 27: 58 – 66)

Times for Masses and Services during Holy Week

If your parish is not one of the ones listed below then use the link below for websites/ contact numbers to check the times at your local parish.

http://www.grasshopper-hosting.co.uk/Diocese/10_Parishes/Parish%20information.htm

Reconciliation

Holy Spirit – https://www.holyspiritwb.org/parish-life/parish-newsletter/
Friday 5th April 7-7.20pm
Saturday 9.45-10.15am 5.45-6.15pm
Monday 15th April at 7.30pm

St Anne’s, Radcliffe-on-Trent
https://stannescatholic.wordpress.com/2014/11/28/year-b-newsletters-2/
Saturday 11am and 6pm, and before Mass in Bingham (please ask)
Tuesday 16th April at 7.30pm

Our Lady’s and St Patricks
http://www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/parishes/our-lady-and-st-patrick-in-the-meadows-nottingham
Sat:
10:00am-10:30am

St Barnabas Cathedral
http://www.stbarnabascathedral.org.uk/01_Community/bulletin.html
Mon – Fri Cathedral 12noon – 12.50pm
Saturday St Augustine 5.15pm – 5.45pm
Saturday Cathedral 10.30am – 12 noon
5.30pm – 6.15pm 

Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday

Corpus Christi, Clifton http://www.corpuschristichurch.net/calendar/mass-schedule

St Barnabas Cathedral, City Centre 

Holy Spirit, West Bridgford https://www.holyspiritwb.org/parish-life/parish-newsletter/

Our Lady and St Edward, St Anns http://www.ourladyandstedward.org/parish-notices

The Assumption Church, Beeston http://www.theassumption.co.uk/newsletters.php

Our Lady and St Patricks- https://olspnottingham.com/about-us

The Briars – Socal media https://ndcys.com/

Good Friday

Corpus Christi, Clifton http://www.corpuschristichurch.net/calendar/mass-schedule

St Barnabas Cathedral, City Centre 

Holy Spirit, West Bridgford https://www.holyspiritwb.org/parish-life/parish-newsletter/

Our Lady and St Edward, St Anns http://www.ourladyandstedward.org/parish-notices

The Assumption Church, Beeston http://www.theassumption.co.uk/newsletters.php

Our Lady and St Patricks- https://olspnottingham.com/about-us

The Briars – Socal media https://ndcys.com/

Holy Saturday – The Easter Vigil

Corpus Christi, Clifton http://www.corpuschristichurch.net/calendar/mass-schedule

St Barnabas Cathedral, City Centre 

Holy Spirit, West Bridgford https://www.holyspiritwb.org/parish-life/parish-newsletter/

Our Lady and St Edward, St Anns http://www.ourladyandstedward.org/parish-notices

The Assumption Church, Beeston http://www.theassumption.co.uk/newsletters.php

Our Lady and St Patricks- https://olspnottingham.com/about-us

The Briars – Socal media https://ndcys.com/

Easter Sunday

Corpus Christi, Clifton http://www.corpuschristichurch.net/calendar/mass-schedule

St Barnabas Cathedral, City Centre 

Holy Spirit, West Bridgford https://www.holyspiritwb.org/parish-life/parish-newsletter/

Our Lady and St Edward, St Anns http://www.ourladyandstedward.org/parish-notices

The Assumption Church, Beeston http://www.theassumption.co.uk/newsletters.php

Our Lady and St Patricks- https://olspnottingham.com/about-us

The Briars – Socal media https://ndcys.com/

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