This week we are thinking about “Passion.”

The word passion in the Church has a different meaning than that which we would normally use to describe emotion and feeling.

The Easter Story as we know it is also called The Passion of Jesus and tells the story of the trials, suffering and resurrections of Jesus.

Holy Week is the Passion, and we’re going to explore that throughout the week.

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We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

“Hosanna! Blessed is he who is coming in the name of the Lord!”

Mark 11:9

On Sunday we celebrated Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week and the countdown to Easter Sunday. Over the the ‘Skit Guys’ to explain more…

Let us prayer together;

Christ Jesus, forgive me for the times I have lost courage and been unable to speak up for what I know is right, or when I have been too easily led by others. Strengthen my voice to speak from my heart. May those whose voices are often silenced because of poverty or exclusion make themselves heard at last. Amen.

…we end our prayer with the sign of the cross
We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

Today Fr Mike takes us through how we can pray through Holy Week. It’s a really interesting video and may bring up some themes that you hadn’t thought of before!

 

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Were any of the themes in the video new to you?

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Let us pray:

Dear Lord,

As we journey with you through this Passion help us to be reminded of your never failing love and to continue to pray and communicate with you as we should.

Amen.

We end our prayer with the sign of the cross…
We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

Today we are going to look at something called Visio Divina. Visio Divina is Latin for divine seeing, and is a way to pray and reflect on images and artwork. We’re going to try it today, so choose someone to lead the prayer, play the song below the image, and begin.

  1. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Clear your mind and ask God to enter this time of prayer with you. (Wait 1 minute)
  2. Now open your eyes and look at the image. Focus on whichever part your eyes catch first, and try to notice everything that is happening in that spot. (Wait 2 minutes)
  3. Now close your eyes again and try to hold that image in your mind. (Wait 30 seconds) Open your eyes again and now look upon the whole image. Allow it to bring out an emotion, feeling or even just a word. (Wait 2 minutes) Now respond to that feeling by praying to God, talking to him about those emotions and feelings. (Wait 2 minutes)
  4. Now briefly close your eyes to end your prayer. Open them when you are ready.

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We end our prayer with the sign of the cross…
We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

Today we are going to hear the scripture from Mass on Sunday – more specifically Palm Sunday! It’s the last Sunday in Lent, and celebrates the triumphant entry of Christ into Jerusalem.

We end our prayer with the sign of the cross…
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