Reflections for Holy Week at home.
Reading and reflecting on Holy Scripture
"The Mass is made up of two parts:
the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
They are so closely connected with each other that together they constitute but one single act of worship. In the Mass both the table of God's Word and the table of Christ's Body are prepared, so that from them the faithful may be instructed and nourished."
(From: General Instruction of the Roman Missal, n.7)
During this period of turbulence and change, we are unable to gather together for worship. We are unable to receive Holy Communion but but we may nevertheless be able to grow in faith
through prayer and reflection on the Holy Scriptures.
By witnessing one of the many 'streamed' masses we may make also a spiritual communion, wherein we pray for and dispose ourselves to receive Our Lord's Light and Truth in our hearts and minds, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
This in fact was the origin and purpose of the elevation of the Host and Chalice at the consecration of the Mass, when by and large the laity received Holy Communion only at Easter.
Below are some resources for reflection during Holy Week which can be used while following the lived-streamed liturgy in our parish at the times given on our parish newsletter for 5th April, found by clicking here .