The week that changed the World :
Holy Week from Palm Sunday until Easter Sunday is the climax of the Christian year and the greatest Feast in our calendar. It even overshadows Christmas, for Christ was born to die and rise.
Over the centuries the Church has celebrated these seven days with deep solemnity. This is known as the ‘Great Week.’ In fact the three days from Thursday night until Sunday morning are celebrated not simply as separate days but as one huge Feast. In Latin this is called the ‘Triduum’ or the ‘Three–day Feast.’
It is a Week that changed the world and can once more change you and me. The drama of our faith unfolds as the Week goes on, and we recall our pledge to let the salvation of Christ won for us on the Cross take effect now in our daily lives.
This Week is something not to be missed and is something worth participating in as fully as possible. Certainly you would be well repaid if you reflected on the three parts of the Triduum: the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday and the Easter Vigil.
What we do this Week is that we ask the Holy Spirit to come upon us so that what Christ won for us in that first Holy Week may be real and effective in our lives. We actuate it. That means we make it really present so that it can take hold of us. We summon up its power. And if we let it, it can and will change us.
We’ll be adding posts throughout Holy Week for your to read.
Palm Sunday – 5th April 2020
Canon Philip Moor