This magazine finds us well into Lent; and Holy Week just a couple of weeks away. I hope you have found the Lenten Reflections useful and are making use of the added material on the Lenten Blog: staugustinesblog.wordpress.com.
Palm Sunday this year is on April 14th and with it Holy Week begins. On Monday and Tuesday of that week there will be the evening prayers of Compline at 8pm; and on the Wednesday Stations of the Cross at 8pm.
On Maundy Thursday at 8pm we have the Mass of the Last Supper which is a very moving act of worship that includes the washing of hands, the celebration of the Last Supper Eucharist, the stripping of the sanctuary, and Jesus entering the garden of Gethsemane before his arrest. After the Eucharist, vigil is kept in the Lady Chapel until midnight, which includes prayers at 10pm, and Compline at 11pm. You are welcome to come and go to the vigil as you wish.
Good Friday is one of the most important days of the year in the Christian Faith. There are various acts of worship on this day but I would greatly encourage you to try and make it a priority to come to the main Liturgy for Good Friday at 2pm. Easter Sunday is always more special if we have walked with our Lord on the journey to the cross.
On Holy Saturday we have our children’s workshop and ever popular Egg Rolling in the morning, which is always followed by lunch in the hall for those who wish to stay. In the evening, at 8pm, we have the Lighting of the Easter Fire and Procession of the Paschal Candle followed by a short time of worship in church in which the beautiful Easter Proclamation is sung and Christ’s rising is anticipated.
On Easter morning we celebrate the first Mass of Easter, and rejoice in the Risen Christ among us, and God’s amazing unconditional love.
May God bless us on the remainder of our Lenten Journey and in all we share together this coming Holy Week and Easter.