Holy Week is most definitely a very sacred time of the year, for it is now that we will commemorate and remember the last week of Jesus’ life on this earth. These are the days leading up to the great Easter Feast. The Lenten season of sacrifice and self-denial is about to come to an end, but this coming week is extremely important for all Christians. The greatest focus of the week is the Passion (suffering) and Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the events that led up to it.
To help us continue this journey , Monsignor Monaghan has prepared a reflection and prayer for each day of this week to use with you and your family.
There is a Latin Hymn we used to sing when I was a student. It was called “Crux Fidelis”…”Faithful Cross” and it contained the lines, “Sweet nails, sweet tree where life begins.” When we think of the physical torture of the Crucifixion, the word sweet would hardly be the first descriptive word that comes to mind. Yet it was, for Jesus. It was his destiny. It was a fulfilling moment. And it was, what he had waited for all his life. A cross would never again be sign of infamy…never again be that which brought about dishonour. The nails are sweet, the cross is sweet because their very existence brings sinners …brings us… to welcoming arms. So, this day, we love the Cross as Jesus did. We adore the Cross as Jesus did. We kiss the Cross as Jesus did.
Let us Pray:
Father, be our light and salvation always,
and at this time of distress, comfort every heart,
strengthen every will, and flourish in every person
the depth of compassion, one for the other.
Through Christ our Lord.