Passion – All Saints’

We are in the 6th week of Lent in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar

In the Church, this week is called

Holy Week

The Liturgical colour is purple and the Word of the Week is…

Passion

The passion of Jesus Christ is the story of his suffering and death – a story of love, sacrifice, and redemption. Jesus’ courage and perseverance give us hope, strength and inspiration to carry on during difficult times. We are reminded, by this, that he truly understands us when we struggle and encounter hard times.

Think of a difficult situation you are facing at the moment and ask Jesus to be with you and to give you courage.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

This week, we begin the journey through Holy Week, one of the most important week in the liturgical year.  This week began yesterday, on Palm Sunday, with the Gospel recount of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

Let’s learn more about it:

As we begin our journey through Holy Week, let’s consider the journey on which Jesus embarks.  We use the words of CAFOD as we reflect on Matthew’s Gospel today:

“Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ which means ‘My God, my God, why have you deserted me?’”Matthew 27;46

Today, as we begin Holy Week, we hear two gospels with very different moods. In the first, Jesus triumphantly enters Jerusalem, hailed by a large crowd. In the second, we endure the painful story of Jesus’ betrayal, arrest and crucifixion, ending in his anguished cry, “My Godmy God, why have you deserted me?”

The deep pain in Jesus’ cry of abandonment can still be heard in our world today. Our common home, the earth, cries out from the harm we have inflicted on it. The gap between the richest and poorest people continues to widen. Discrimination and violence divide us.

As we begin Holy Week, we draw near to the one who loves us and suffers with us. As we approach Jesus in his passion, let’s also stand in active and loving solidarity with those who suffer today – with people who are poor, marginalised, grief-stricken and abused.

We can be confident that the Father, who was with Jesus, transforming his suffering into new life, will be with us too.

Let us pray CAFOD’s Palm Sunday prayer together:

Lord Jesus,
we entrust to you
all who feel abandoned.
Inspire and transform us
to stand in solidarity
with all who suffer.
Amen.

Act

As we begin Holy Week, spend some time thinking how you can make your final Lenten actions that give alms and give hope to others.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

We continue our journey through Holy Week, praying through these video interpretations of the Gospels for this week:

Play the beginning of the video. Stop the video today at 1:58, as we will watch the relevant parts today and tomorrow.

On the Tuesday of Holy Week, Jesus returned to the temple, where his words and his spiritual authority continued to anger the religious leaders.

Here are a few words, recounted in Mark’s Gospel (Mark 12:37-44):

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Mark. Glory to you, O Lord.

A large crowd was listening to Jesus gladly. As he taught them, he said, “Watch out for the teachers of the Law, who like to walk around in their long robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplace, who choose the reserved seats in the synagogues and the best places at feasts. They take advantage of widows and rob them of their homes, and then make a show of saying long prayers. Their punishment will be all the worse!”

As Jesus sat near the Temple treasury, he watched the people as they dropped in their money. Many rich men dropped in a lot of money; then a poor widow came along and dropped in two little copper coins, worth about a penny. He called his disciples together and said to them, “I tell you that this poor widow put more in the offering box than all the others. For the others put in what they had to spare of their riches; but she, poor as she is, put in all she had—she gave all she had to live on.”

The Gospel of the Lord.  Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The authorities felt threatened by Jesus.  They claimed that they didn’t understand his words or his teachings and they felt afraid and undermined by his claims.  In their minds, their only option was to arrest him and put an end to the threat he posed.

While their plotted continued, Jesus went to the Mount of Olives with his disciples, where he spoke in parables about the ways that Scripture would reveal itself in the coming days, where he would be crucified, died and rise again.  He warned his friends that they would be tested and would face terrible trials for admitting to being a disciple.  He told them to remain awake and alert and to trust in God’s plan.

Let’s reflect on these messages for a few moments:

Think of the times that you have been challenged or tested by others.

Think of the ways that you have needed to dig deep and to put your trust in God. 

Have you ever ‘fallen’ under the pressures of things and had to drag yourself back up again, like Jesus, on his journey to the cross?

Have you ever you helped another who has fallen or felt that they have failed?

This week, as we take the final steps of the journey with Jesus, to the cross, think of the ways that you can be strong, stand up for what is right and do the same for those who feel too weak or afraid to use their own voice to do this.

Let us pray:

Lord, help us to put our trust in you.

Help us to walk in your footsteps, with courage and strength, standing up for what is right and true.

Help us to be a voice for the voiceless and a hope for the hopeless.

We make this prayer through Christ, our Lord, amen.

 

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

We continue our journey through Holy Week, praying through these video interpretations of the Gospels for this week:

Play the video from 1:55:

 

A reflection for Maundy Thursday from CAFOD:

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…

Together, let us pray…

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.

(Prayer and reflection from Pat Pierce/CAFOD.)

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

We continue our journey through Holy Week by looking at the way that Mark’s Gospel recounts the events of the days of this sacred week.

Play the video from 5:50:

Let us return to today’s events, thinking again of the way that the Lord gathered his disciples to teach them to ‘Do this in memory of me’ and to stay by his side.

Take turns to read a line each from the reflection below, working around your form:

A reflection for Maundy Thursday from CAFOD:

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…

Together, let us pray…

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.

(Prayer and reflection from Pat Pierce/CAFOD.)

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

 

 

 

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