To the cross and beyond

Here is your guide to Holy Week and Easter at our 3 Churches…

Masses at normal times, all to include distribution of palms.
Area Penitential Evening at St Teilo’s 7 – 8pm. Several priests will be present.
Passover Meal at St Brigid’s; a moving and enjoyable celebration of the Jewish roots of the Mass.
Chrism Mass 11.30am at St David’s Cathedral (note corrected time)
Includes the consecration of sacramental oils and renewal of priests’ promises.

Mass of the Lord’s Supper 8pm at Christ the King followed by watching until midnight. Important themes of the Eucharist, the priesthood and Service of our neighbour.
Morning Prayer and Office of Readings at Christ the King
Commemoration of the Passion 3pm at St Paul’s and at Christ the King.
Note there will be children’s liturgy at both of these services.
Morning Prayer and Office of Readings at Christ the King
Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter Saturday 8.30pm at St Brigid’s. Includes the Liturgies of Light, of the Word, of Water and of the Eucharist.
We welcome Nicola and daughter Hannah Robson, and Ana Hogg into full communion. Please remember them in your prayers this week.
Sunday Masses at normal times.

Whose shoes?

What on earth was Peter thinking? How did Our Lady cope? What did Simon of Cyrene think about being pulled out of the crowd?

Last week I offered some thoughts about where precisely the events of Holy Week happened – on a donkey, a wooden table, a wooden cross, a stony tomb. This week I’d like to suggest you use your imagination again and put yourself in the shoes of someone involved in Holy Week. Take it slowly. Imagine their background or “backstory” as we say nowadays! What did they feel as they experienced what happened that week in Jerusalem. Look up where they appear in the New Testament, compare the four gospels. Here as some suggestions of people…

The High Priest, one of the soldiers, Pontius Pilate, Herod
Peter, Judas, John the Apostle, Mary Magdalen.
Simon of Cyrene, Nicodemus, Joseph of Arimathea, Veronica (careful, she doesn’t actually appear in the Bible!) What about an average man or woman in the crowd.
And, of course, there is Our Lady.

Put yourself in their shoes and, having maybe read up a bit, let the Lord guide your imagination to help bring Holy Week alive for you. God can work through our imagination as well as any other way.

Maybe you will feel like writing down some of your thoughts. This would be for yourself, of course, though I would be very interested in reading such reflections. Let’s really help our celebration of Holy Week and Easter this year of 2018 come alive.

And, most of all, make every effort to come to the central services of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and

Easter, especially the Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter.

Fr Matthew