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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 on that day of 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 is based on the scripture from John’s Gospel when Jesus visits the home of Lazarus, Mary and Martha and His feet are anointed by Mary.

There is both a picture 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.

Finally 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.

(Glory to you O Lord.)

anointing-jesus-feetSix 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.”

A large number of people heard that Jesus was in Bethany, so they went there, not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from death. So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus too, because on his account many Jews were rejecting them and believing in Jesus.

The Gospel of the Lord.

(Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.)

(John 12: 1-11)

In this video clip we will hear a song about this scripture.

The clip is taken from a chat show (The Jonathan Ross Show) and Melanie C (yes, she was a Spice Girl!) is playing Mary, Tim Minchin (the one with the long hair!) is Judas and the man in the suit, Ben Forster, is playing Jesus.

Think about the different feelings and emotions in the scripture and how you might have felt if you were there.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGDiD4ZHteg

We don’t always appreciate what God has given to us and we may not always be grateful for our faith and the love and protection that Jesus gives us.

Take some time to think about the blessings that you have and take some time to thank God for these things.

This week try to make your attitude more like Mary’s and try to appreciate Jesus and the great sacrifice that He made for each one of us.

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. In the words that Jesus says we can see that Jesus knows that His friends will betray Him.

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

We know from the scriptures that Judas was the man who goes on to betray Jesus (John 18 : 1-9) and that Peter does deny that he knows Jesus 3 times (John 18: 15-18).

Look at the picture below which shows some people accusing Peter of knowing Jesus and Peter denying this.

What do you think Peter was thinking and feeling when he denied that he knew Jesus?

What do you think the people asking Peter if he knew Jesus would have done and said if Peter had told the truth?

How do you think Jesus felt knowing that His friend pretended that he didn’t know Him?

Can you spot the rooster ready to crow?

Watch the video clip from ‘The Miracle Maker’ below to see Peter’s denial after Jesus has been arrested.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRzL1Aca4Lw

Being faithful and loyal is very important but it can be tricky too.

Sometimes we feel embarrassed that we are different from others so we are not honest about what we believe in. Other times we may be worried about the consequences of our beliefs – people might not like us or might arrest us!

Just like Peter, we are all put to the test sometimes and we have the chance to say ‘yes, I am a friend of Jesus‘.

Think about how you would respond if someone asked you whether you are a friend of Jesus.

 

Please help us Lord to be loyal to you.

Help us never to be afraid of sharing our faith with others.

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.

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.

When it was evening, Jesus and the twelve disciples sat down to eat. During the meal Jesus said, “I tell you, one of you will betray me.”

The disciples were very upset and began to ask him, one after the other, “Surely, Lord, you don’t mean me?”

Jesus answered, “One who dips his bread in the dish with me will betray me.The Son of Man will die as the Scriptures say he will, but how terrible for that man who will betray the Son of Man! It would have been better for that man if he had never been born!”

Judas, the traitor, spoke up. “Surely, Teacher, you don’t mean me?” he asked.

Jesus answered, “So you say.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

(Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.)

Matthew 26: 17-25

All throughout Lent we have been making preparations for Easter.

Not buying Easter eggs and knitting Easter chicks but preparing ourselves by making sacrifices, giving to others and making more time for prayer.

The time is nearly here for our preparations to come to an end and for us to be close to Jesus as we celebrate the Resurrection.

 

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.

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
  • given to others
  • made time to pray

Write about your faith and your relationship with Jesus now.

Write about how you will continue to stay close to Jesus and to have a good relationship with God.

 

As you complete your Lenten Journals you could listen to some of the songs that we have used on our prayer resources during Lent.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkK4YHy-wNg

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3luRYRRxig

Maundy Thursday

This resources reflects on the Gospel reading at the Mass on Holy Thursday, The Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

Read the scripture and then watch the video below to help you to understand how Jesus served the disciples.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.

(Glory to you O Lord.)

It was now the day before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. He had always loved those in the world who were his own, and he loved them to the very end.

Jesus and his disciples were at supper. The Devil had already put into the heart of Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, the thought of betraying Jesus. 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.)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCbBQDvvSQY

Do arguments about who is the greatest sound familiar? Are there times when you put others down to make yourself sound better?

What actions do you think are important to make someone the greatest? Does feet washing rank highly?

What was Jesus trying to show His disciples by washing their feet?

Have you ever set an example by your actions?

Jesus didn’t just talk about loving our neighbour but He showed love through His actions too.

Work in groups to come up with some ways that you can set an example of love for those who meet you.

 

During Mass this evening 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 – Monday 26th March , 7:30pm

St Anne’s, Radcliffe-on-Trent – Tuesday 27th March, 7:30pm

St Barnabas Cathedral – Monday- Friday 12noon-12:50pm, Saturday 10:30- 12pm, 5:30-6:15pm, Sunday 5:00 – 5:45pm

 

Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday

Corpus Christi, Clifton 8pm

St Barnabas Cathedral, City Centre 7pm

Holy Spirit, West Bridgford 7:30pm

Our Lady and St Edward, St Anns See Parish Website

The Assumption Church, Beeston See Parish Website

The Briars – 8:45pm

 

Good Friday

Corpus Christi – Solemn Passion at 3pm

Our Lady and St Patrick’s – Stations of the Cross with veneration 7pm

Holy Spirit – Children’s Stations of the Cross 10:30am, Solemn Passion 3pm, Stations of the Cross 7:30pm

St Barnabas Cathedral – Solemn Passion 3pm, Stations of the Cross 7pm

Our Lady and St Edward –  3pm Solemn Passion

The Assumption – 3pm Solemn Passion

The Briars – 3pm Solemn Passion

 

Holy Saturday – The Easter Vigil

Corpus Christi – 8pm

Holy Spirit – 8pm

St Barnabas Cathedral – 8pm

Our Lady and St Edward – TBC

The Assumption – TBC

The Briars – 8pm

 

Easter Sunday

Our Lady and St Patrick’s – 9:30am

Corpus Christi – 11am

Holy Spirit – 9am and 10:30am

St Barnabas Cathedral – 8am, 10am, 11:15am and 6pm

Our Lady and St Edward – 9:30am and 11:15am

The Assumption – 9am

The Briars – 11am