Praying Holy Week through the prism of the Mass
The Greek word for Church “ekklesia” means “gathering” and so when we go to Mass, we gather together and remember Jesus, Word made flesh, gathering his disciples at the Last Supper. It was the night before he died when everything around him seemed to be disintegrating. Judas had betrayed him, Peter would deny him. His friends were about to run away .
Every time we go to Mass, we bring to mind Jesus gathering his friends and asking them to sit with him and listen to his words; we also recall his sacrifice for us on the cross.
Throughout the next few days we shall focus on different parts of the Mass and reflect on the way they connect with the Passion events which will unfold during this Holy Week.
When the priest and his altar servers solemnly process into the Church, we are reminded of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem, which we celebrated last week on Passion Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week.
I pray that every day this week I will be able to find a quiet place to come close to Jesus and spend some time with him.
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