Resources for Holy WeekThursday 25th March 2021
As we approach our most important week of the year – Holy Week – the way we follow Christ – from his triumphant entrance into Jerusalem, to the foot of the Cross, to an empty tomb – will be somewhat different again this year.
People around our diocese are facing different challenges, and Coronavirus continues to affect us all in some way. This list has been compiled to help you to sustain your prayer life this Holy Week.
Given the risks of the pandemic that currently persist, Catholics may judge they are unable to attend Sunday Mass at this time. These risks constitute a valid reason to stay away, without sin. As restrictions ease and you feel able to return to Sunday Mass with reduced risk, you will be welcomed warmly.
Please note, some of our churches are open with Covid restrictions in place, such as social distancing, face masks and reduced capacity. We recommend that you check directly with your local parish of the times of their Masses. You can find our directory here.
Many of our parishes continue to livestream Mass for those unable to attend in person, including at Salford Cathedral.
Bishop John will be live streaming Mass from the Cathedral on:
Palm Sunday 11am
Mass of the Sacred Chrism – Wednesday 11am (please note, this is livestreamed only)
Mass of the Lord’s Supper – Thursday 7.30pm
Liturgy of the Passion – Friday 3pm
Easter Vigil – Saturday 8.30pm
Liturgy at Home
For those still at home and not attending Mass, the Liturgy Office has prepared a sheet called ‘The Lord’s Day at Home’, based on the Sunday Scriptures, so that you can pray on your own or with your family. It is particularly aimed at those not able to follow a Mass on in the internet.
The Bishops’ Conference have also recommended that “The Liturgy of the Hours should be promoted by parish priests to the faithful who are unable to attend the local church as an additional means of uniting themselves in prayer to the worship of the Universal Church,” so the Liturgy Office has prepared single sheet versions of key offices for the Paschal Triduum:
Loyola Press have compiled a number of 3-minute Retreats to support you during Holy Week, which you can find below
Caritas Stations of the Cross
A huge response from schools around our diocese has enabled Caritas to produce 3 unique short videos, each containing 5 Stations of the Cross with accompanying reflections and prayers representing the voices of the voiceless – the most vulnerable in our communities whom Caritas work with on a daily basis thanks to the generosity of our schools, parishes and supporters.
Caritas is now pleased to share these video Stations of the Cross with you as part of our #LockdownLent prayer resources.
Last Seven Words of Christ
For short reflects on each of the Last Seven Words of Christ, please click the links below. A playlist of all of the videos can be found here.
1: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
Luke 23:34 (PALM SUNDAY)
2: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Luke 23:43 (MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK)
3: “Jesus said to his mother: “Woman, this is your son.”
Then he said to the disciple: “This is your mother.”
John 19:26-27 (TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK)
4: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34 (WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK)
5: “I thirst.”
John 19:28 (HOLY THURSDAY)
6: “It is finished;”
John 19:30 (GOOD FRIDAY)
Music for the Triduum
Palm Sunday – Jesus the Lord – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stsbdPY3UDk
Maundy Thursday – The Last Supper – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odeN6PA5sss
Good Friday – Behold the Wood – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNJKC1v_0PU
Easter Vigil – Christ be our light (Easter Text) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXEE_ScAcf0
Easter Vigil Psalms – https://www.cjmmusic.com/psalms/the-easter-vigil-year-a-b-c/
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