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Everyday check the Be Inspirational website for prayer, scripture and activities to take part in on each of the days in holy Week by clicking on the tabs below!

Take this opportunity to prepare yourself for the joy of Easter and to deepen your faith.

Have a happy and safe Holy Week!

 

Holy Week

Hello everyone and welcome to our Holy Week Prayer Resources!

We are Joe and Ruth, Chaplains at The Becket School, Blessed Robert Widmerpool, English Martyrs, Our Lady and St Edwards, St Edmund Campion and St Patrick’s School and we are very excited to go on this year’s Holy Week journey with you…

The last week of Lent is called Holy Week. In Holy week we remember, reenact and reflect on the last week of Jesus’ life of earth before his death and resurrection.

Timeline of Holy Week

We use the scripture in the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) to journey through the events that happened in Jesus’ last week on earth.

Each day in Holy Week has a special meaning…

Palm Sunday: Jesus enters Jerusalem

Monday: Jesus is anointed at Bethany

Tuesday: Jesus predicts his own death

Spy Wednesday: The day Judas arranged the betrayal of Jesus

Maundy Thursday: The Last Supper

Good Friday: The crucifixion of Jesus

Holy Saturday: The day between Jesus’s death and resurrection

Easter Sunday: Jesus’ resurrection

Although we are very sad that we cannot go into our Schools and Churches in Holy Week this year to celebrate Mass and have liturgies, we are very lucky that we have lots of ways that we can pray in our homes with our families. It is very special and heartwarming to think that our friends and family around the world will be praying in their homes at the same time!

This week, we will let you know some of the websites and YouTube channels you can visit to live stream Mass in your homes. You may want to ask for the help of your parents, carers or older brothers and sisters to do this!

Here are some things that you could do in your homes to get ready for Holy Week…

  • Make a poster and stick it on the fridge (or somewhere that your family will see) the timeline of Holy Week. You could also write down some of the live stream Mass times that you and your families can celebrate together in your homes.
  • It would be a good idea to create a space in your home for prayer, this might be in your living room or in your bedroom! In your prayer space you could create your own prayer focus with special objects from around your house. Try and include a Bible, candle and crucifix! You can also make your own resources to put on your prayer focus to help you with prayer this week. There is loads of inspiration online!
  • Check out some of the photos below for some inspiration…

  • We would LOVE to see photos of the prayer focus’ you create in your homes so that we can share them on our Be Inspirational site and social media…ask for your parent or carer to help you take a photo of your prayer focus, then send it to our work emails: Joe- j.martin@becketonline.co.uk and Ruth- r.cotter@becketonline.co.uk
  • Throughout the week we will tell you lots of other ways you can create, reflect and celebrate Holy Week in your homes!

As we prepare to begin our journey in Holy Week let us remind ourselves what Holy Week is all about in 3 minutes!

 

     

     

    Holy Spirit Catholic Church, West Bridgford: https://www.holyspiritwb.org/live/

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTbklEiu8J0cKGKCWnyYgSw

    Palm Sunday: 10:30am Mass

    Monday 6th April: 19:30 Mass

    Tuesday 7th April: 19:30 Mass

    Wednesday 8th April: 19:30 Mass

    Thursday 9th April: 19:30 Mass

     

    Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Clifton, Nottingham:

    Masses and services of the Holy Week,  shall live stream from Corpus Christi from this Saturday onward on the time advertised in the newsletter It is through an application called Periscope which can be downloaded from the App Store for iPhone/iPad and from google play for android phones/Tablets. Please click the link provided it shall take you to the app https://www.pscp.tv/#share  Or
    We have created an account where you will be able to follow live stream. Please find below the link to follow. https://www.pscp.tv/CCOLSP/Thanks. Or Search CCOLSP in the search button in Periscope

    • Sunday 5th April Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord: 9.30 am Mass: Maura Durkin & Family

    • Monday 6th April Monday of Holy Week: 7.00 pm Mass: Brian Harvey RIP

    • Tuesday 7th April, Tuesday of Holy Week: 9.00 am Mass: Health Workers

    • Wednesday 8th April, Wednesday of Holy Week: 9.30 am Mass: C. D John Chennoth

    • Thursday 9th April, Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) :7.00 pm Mass: People of the Parish

    • Friday 10th April, Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday) 3.00 pm : The Passion of the Lord 7.00 pm : Maria Desolata Devotion

    • Saturday 11th April Holy Saturday Easter Day of the Resurrection of the Lord (Solemnity) Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Col 3:1-4; John 20:1-9 or Matthew 28:1-10 8.00 pm Easter Vigil: Lillian Lester RIP

    • Sunday 12th April Easter Day of the Resurrection of the Lord (Solemnity) Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Col 3:1-4; John 20:1-9 or Matthew 28:1-10 9.30 am Mass: Easter Blessings : Mary Jacques 11.00 am Mass: Easter Blessings -McMillan & Gaten Families

     

    St Albans Catholic Church, Derby: www.derbycatholiclive.co.uk:

    Monday 6th April9:30am Exposition & 10am Mass

    Wednesday 8th April: 9:30am Exposition & 10am Mass

    Thursday 9th April7pm Maundy Thursday Mass

    Friday 10th April3pm Good Friday Service & 7pm Stations of the Cross

    Saturday 11th April10am Blessing of Easter Baskets Service & 7pm Easter Vigil Mass

    Sunday 12th April9:30am Exposition & 10am Mass

     

    Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Carlton and Sneinton: http://sacredheartcarlton.com/no-on-line-mass/

    The live stream of Mass from Sacred Heart Church is suspended until further notice. Fr Joe has developed flu-like symptoms and in the absence of any testing regime for those exposed to COVID-19 positive people, he has to presume that he has the virus. This means that for the next 7 days (until Friday 10th) he is confined to barracks! All emails and calls to Fr Joe’s mobile will continue to be responded to, but the parish office answering machine will not be checked during this period.

     

     

     

    GATHER

    We start our prayer with the Sign of the Cross

    Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday. On this day, Jesus sent two of his disciples to find a young donkey and bring it to him so that he could ride into Jerusalem.

    The disciples brought the donkey to Jesus and spread their cloaks over its back for him to sit on. As Jesus approached Jerusalem, crowds gathered, waving palm branches and shouting “Hosanna! The people were very pleased to see him.

    THE WORD

    If you haven’t already heard the Gospel of the Day, let’s read it now…   

    A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew,

    Glory to you O Lord

    As Jesus and his disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to Bethphage at the Mount of Olives. There Jesus sent two of the disciples on ahead with these instructions: “Go to the village there ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied up with her colt beside her. Untie them and bring them to me. And if anyone says anything, tell him, ‘The Master needs them’; and then he will let them go at once.”

    This happened in order to make come true what the prophet had said:

    “Tell the city of Zion,
        Look, your king is coming to you!
    He is humble and rides on a donkey
        and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

    So the disciples went and did what Jesus had told them to do: they brought the donkey and the colt, threw their cloaks over them, and Jesus got on. A large crowd of people spread their cloaks on the road while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds walking in front of Jesus and those walking behind began to shout, “Praise to David’s Son! God bless him who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise be to God!”

    When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was thrown into an uproar. “Who is he?” the people asked.

    “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee,” the crowds answered.

    The Gospel of the Lord

    Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

     

    To learn more about Palm Sunday watch the video below!

    RESPONSE

    Create your own Palm Leaves!

    Today we invite you to create your very own palm leaves at home. There are lots of different ways you can do this- using paper, leaves, colours, paints, or cardboard from the recycling bin are some of resources you might want to use! Think creatively!

    On your palm leaves we would like you to write down why you think Jesus makes a great king.

    For example, you might think that Jesus is kind, humble and loving which make him a great king.

    Once you have created your palm, put it on display somewhere in your homes to remind you of all the reasons of why you are follower of Jesus!


    MISSION

    We would love to see your palm leaf creations so if you are able to take a photo and send them into us, that would be amazing!

    You could even act out the Gospel reading with your DIY palm leaves, family or toys that you have!

    Let us know in the comments below why you are a follower of Jesus and why you think Jesus makes a great king!

    We end by making the Sign of the Cross

    GATHER

    We start our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

    Today’s Gospel reading explains what Jesus was doing 6 days before the Passover (The Last Supper).

    Jesus is visiting a man called Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha. Earlier in the Gospels we hear about how Jesus rose Lazarus from the dead. We also hear about Lazarus’ sisters – Mary and Martha, Jesus tells Martha that she should follow her sister’s example by focusing on the important things, such as faith, instead of worrying about lots of other things.

    Read the Gospel reading below carefully to see what happens when Jesus visits Lazarus, Mary and Martha for the last time before his death…

    THE WORD

    A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John,                         

    Glory to you O Lord

    Six days before the Passover, Jesus went to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, the man he had raised from death. They prepared a dinner for him there, which Martha helped serve; Lazarus was one of those who were sitting at the table with Jesus. Then Mary took a whole pint of a very expensive perfume made of pure nard, poured it on Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The sweet smell of the perfume filled the whole house. One of Jesus’ disciples, Judas Iscariot—the one who was going to betray him—said, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold for three hundred silver coins and the money given to the poor?” He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief. He carried the money bag and would help himself from it.

    But Jesus said, “Leave her alone! Let her keep what she has for the day of my burial. You will always have poor people with you, but you will not always have me.”

    A large number of people heard that Jesus was in Bethany, so they went there, not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from death. So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus too, because on his account many Jews were rejecting them and believing in Jesus.

    The Gospel of the Lord

    Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

    To explore the Gospel reading even more- watch the video below!

     

     

    RESPONSE

    What are you thankful for?

    We don’t always appreciate what God has given to us and we may not always be grateful for our faith and the love and protection that Jesus gives us.

    Take some time to think about the blessings that you have and take some time to thank God for these things.

    It has been scientifically proven that saying thank you and showing gratitude makes you feel happier!

    What do you want to thank God for?

    Spend some time in quiet prayer thanking God for everything you are thankful for. This can be anything!

    MISSION

    Your mission today is to write down 5 things that you are grateful for! If you have more than 5 things then you can write down even more!

    If some of these things are people, make sure that you tell them that you are grateful for them!

    I am thankful for…

    This week try to make your attitude more like Mary’s and try to appreciate Jesus and the great sacrifice that He made for each one of us.

    We would love to hear what you are thankful for…let us know in the comments below some of the things you wrote down on your list!

    We end with the Sign of the Cross

    GATHER

    We start our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

    This Gospel reading today is from The Last Supper when Jesus ate with His disciples. From the words that Jesus uses we can understand that Jesus already knows that His friends will betray Him.

    THE WORD

    A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John,

    Glory to you O Lord

    After Jesus had said this, he was deeply troubled and declared openly, “I am telling you the truth: one of you is going to betray me.”

    The disciples looked at one another, completely puzzled about whom he meant. One of the disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, was sitting next to Jesus. Simon Peter motioned to him and said, “Ask him whom he is talking about.”

    So that disciple moved closer to Jesus’ side and asked, “Who is it, Lord?”

    Jesus answered, “I will dip some bread in the sauce and give it to him; he is the man.” So he took a piece of bread, dipped it, and gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Hurry and do what you must!” None of the others at the table understood why Jesus said this to him. Since Judas was in charge of the money bag, some of the disciples thought that Jesus had told him to go and buy what they needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor.

    Judas accepted the bread and went out at once. It was night.

    After Judas had left, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man’s glory is revealed; now God’s glory is revealed through him. And if God’s glory is revealed through him, then God will reveal the glory of the Son of Man in himself, and he will do so at once. My children, I shall not be with you very much longer. You will look for me; but I tell you now what I told the Jewish authorities, ‘You cannot go where I am going.’

    The Gospel of the Lord

    Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

    RESPONSE

    The picture below shows a crowd of people accusing Peter of knowing Jesus. Peter has his arms out and is denying knowing who Jesus is, “I do not know this man!”

    What do you think Peter was thinking and feeling when he denied that he knew Jesus?

    What do you think the crowd of people would have done and said if Peter had told the truth?

    How do you think Jesus felt knowing that His friend pretended that he didn’t know Him?

    Can you spot the rooster ready to crow?

    Watch the video clip from ‘The Miracle Maker’ below to see Peter’s denial after Jesus has been arrested.

     

     

    Being faithful and loyal is very important but it can be hard to do too.

    Sometimes we feel embarrassed that we are different from others so we are not honest about what we believe in. Other times we may be worried about the consequences of our beliefs – people might not like us or might arrest us!

    Just like Peter, we are all put to the test sometimes and we have the chance to say ‘yes, I am a friend of Jesus‘.

    Think about how you would respond if someone asked you whether you are a friend of Jesus.

    MISSION

    For your mission today, we would like you to make a poster with the title ‘I am a friend of Jesus because…’ On your poster, write down all the reasons why you are a friend of Jesus. Once you have done this, stick it up in your house so that every one can see.

    If you are feeling really brave, we would love to hear some of the things you write down on your poster…let us know in the comments why you are a friend of Jesus!

    Please help us Lord to be loyal to you.

    Help me to be a good friend to you, just as you are a best friend for me. 

    Help us never to be afraid of sharing our faith with others.

    Amen.

    We end with the Sign of the Cross

    GATHER

    We start our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

    In this scripture reading from Matthew’s Gospel we will hear how the disciples prepared to celebrate the Passover.

    Read the Gospel carefully and think about the sort of preparations that you would make for a big event.

    THE WORD

    A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew,                         

    Glory to you O Lord

    Then one of the twelve disciples—the one named Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What will you give me if I betray Jesus to you?” They counted out thirty silver coins and gave them to him. From then on Judas was looking for a good chance to hand Jesus over to them.

    On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus and asked him, “Where do you want us to get the Passover meal ready for you?”

    “Go to a certain man in the city,” he said to them, “and tell him: ‘The Teacher says, My hour has come; my disciples and I will celebrate the Passover at your house.’”

    The disciples did as Jesus had told them and prepared the Passover meal.

    When it was evening, Jesus and the twelve disciples sat down to eat. During the meal Jesus said, “I tell you, one of you will betray me.”

    The disciples were very upset and began to ask him, one after the other, “Surely, Lord, you don’t mean me?”

    Jesus answered, “One who dips his bread in the dish with me will betray me. The Son of Man will die as the Scriptures say he will, but how terrible for that man who will betray the Son of Man! It would have been better for that man if he had never been born!”

    Judas, the traitor, spoke up. “Surely, Teacher, you don’t mean me?” he asked.

    Jesus answered, “So you say.”

    The Gospel of the Lord

    Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

     

    RESPONSE

    All throughout Lent we have been making preparations for Easter.

    Not buying Easter eggs and knitting Easter chicks but preparing ourselves by making sacrifices, giving to others and making more time for prayer.

    The time is nearly here for our preparations to come to an end and for us to be close to Jesus as we celebrate the Resurrection.

    Just as the disciples showed their preparations to Jesus, today’s activity will be a chance to reflect on the preparations that we have made throughout Lent.

    Take some paper and create a mini booklet which will form your Lenten Journal.

    Inside your journal reflect on the things that you have done to prepare yourself during Lent. You could draw your reflections, write about them, create a song about them – be as creative as you like!

    Write about the times when you have:

    • made a sacrifice
    • given to others
    • made time to pray

    Write about your faith and your relationship with Jesus now. How have your actions changed you? Do you feel like you’ve made a fresh start?

     

    MISSION

    Think about how you will continue to stay close to Jesus and to have a good relationship with God when Lent finishes.

    Write down in your Lenten journal booklet what you are going to do after Easter Sunday to grow closer to God in prayer.

    As you complete your Lenten Journals you could listen to some of these Lenten songs…

     We end with the Sign of the Cross.

    GATHER

    Today, on Maundy Thursday, we are going to celebrate a liturgy together from our own homes which is going to be led by Joe and Ruth.

    In the Gospel reading we hear how Jesus served the disciples by washing their feet at the Last Supper and how this links to Jesus’ teaching to love one another.

    Try and find a quiet space in your house and if you haven’t already, you might like to put a prayer focus together with some prayerful objects that you have around your house, for example you could use a purple cloth or blanket, a bible, an electric candle and a crucifix!

     

     

    THE WORD

    A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John,                         

    Glory to you O Lord

    It was now the day before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. He had always loved those in the world who were his own, and he loved them to the very end.

    Jesus and his disciples were at supper. The Devil had already put into the heart of Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, the thought of betraying Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had given him complete power; he knew that he had come from God and was going to God. So he rose from the table, took off his outer garment, and tied a towel around his waist. Then he poured some water into a washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Are you going to wash my feet, Lord?”

    Jesus answered him, “You do not understand now what I am doing, but you will understand later.”

    Peter declared, “Never at any time will you wash my feet!”

    “If I do not wash your feet,” Jesus answered, “you will no longer be my disciple.”

    Simon Peter answered, “Lord, do not wash only my feet, then! Wash my hands and head, too!”

    Jesus said, “Those who have taken a bath are completely clean and do not have to wash themselves, except for their feet. All of you are clean—all except one.” (Jesus already knew who was going to betray him; that is why he said, “All of you, except one, are clean.”)

    After Jesus had washed their feet, he put his outer garment back on and returned to his place at the table. “Do you understand what I have just done to you?” he asked. “You call me Teacher and Lord, and it is right that you do so, because that is what I am. I, your Lord and Teacher, have just washed your feet. You, then, should wash one another’s feet. I have set an example for you, so that you will do just what I have done for you.

    The Gospel of the Lord

    Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

    If you’ve being enjoying the ‘Stories of the Bible’ videos, check this one out!

     

     

    Dear Lord,

    Help us to serve others and not think of others any better than ourselves. 

    Help us to spread the love and kindness we know from Jesus with everyone we meet.

    Amen. 

    We end with the Sign of the Cross.

    Word bank:

    Tabernacle- the place in Church where the Eucharist (the body of Christ) is kept. 

    Sacrifice- when you give something of value up. 

    GATHER

    We start our prayer with the Sign of the Cross

    On Good Friday we reflect on the death of Jesus and the great sacrifice that Jesus made out of love.

    On this day there are no Masses celebrated, only services at 3pm, the time that Jesus died. In Churches the priest will empty the tabernacle and clear everything on the altar, This happens to remind us of how lost, lonely and confused the disciples must have felt when Jesus left them.

    It is tradition that on Good Friday we pray the Stations of the Cross; these are 14 stops (or stations) on Jesus’ journey from Pilate, to the cross, and then to the tomb. This liturgy involves images, Bible readings, reflections and prayers helping us to imagine we are walking with Jesus.

    At 12 noon on Good Friday we will be inviting everyone in the Diocese of Nottingham to join us in a shared liturgy with all four CMATs and the Nottingham Diocesan Catholic Youth Service praying the Stations of the Cross streamed on: www.youtube.com/NDCYSLive 

    STATIONS OF THE CROSS

    Below you will find the 14 Stations of the Cross with pictures and scripture. The Stations of the Cross will hopefully help you to reflect on the journey that Jesus took to the cross and to think about the great sacrifice that He made for us.

    Stations of the Cross can be done in many ways. You might want to do this quietly by reflecting and praying, whilst using pictures as a focus. You may want to do the Stations of the Cross by acting out the stations in your homes. You could do this by using freeze frames or you could move, speak and use props in your Prayer Station reflections. Be as creative as you like!

    We also have a song tutorial at the bottom of the page that you can learn on your own or with your families to use in your Prayer Station reflections- make sure you check it out!

    Jesus condemned to deathStation 1: Jesus is condemned

    Pilate called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people, and said to them, “You brought this man to me and said that he was misleading the people. Now, I have examined him here in your presence, and I have not found him guilty of any of the crimes you accuse him of. Nor did Herod find him guilty, for he sent him back to us. There is nothing this man has done to deserve death. So I will have him whipped and let him go.”

    The whole crowd cried out, “Kill him! Set Barabbas free for us!” (Barabbas had been put in prison for a riot that had taken place in the city, and for murder.)

    Pilate wanted to set Jesus free, so he appealed to the crowd again. But they shouted back, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”

    Pilate said to them the third time, “But what crime has he committed? I cannot find anything he has done to deserve death! I will have him whipped and set him free.”

    But they kept on shouting at the top of their voices that Jesus should be crucified, and finally their shouting succeeded. So Pilate passed the sentence on Jesus that they were asking for. He set free the man they wanted, the one who had been put in prison for riot and murder, and he handed Jesus over for them to do as they wished.

    (Luke 23: 13-25)

     

    Jesus receives the cross

    Station 2: Jesus receives the cross

    The soldiers took Jesus inside to the courtyard of the governor’s palace and called together the rest of the company. They put a purple robe on Jesus, made a crown out of thorny branches, and put it on his head. Then they began to salute him: “Long live the King of the Jews!” They beat him over the head with a stick, spat on him, fell on their knees, and bowed down to him. When they had finished making fun of him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes back on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

    (Mark 15: 16-20)

    Station 3: Jesus falls the first time

    “But he endured the suffering that should have been Jesus fallsours,
        the pain that we should have borne.
    All the while we thought that his suffering
        was punishment sent by God.
    But because of our sins he was wounded,
        beaten because of the evil we did.
    We are healed by the punishment he suffered,
        made whole by the blows he received.
    All of us were like sheep that were lost,
        each of us going his own way.
    But the Lord made the punishment fall on him,
        the punishment all of us deserved.

    “He was treated harshly, but endured it humbly;
        he never said a word.
    Like a lamb about to be slaughtered,
    like a sheep about to be sheared,
        he never said a word.

    (Isaiah 53: 4-7)

    Jesus meets his mother

    Station 4: Jesus meets his mother

    Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing there; so he said to his mother, “He is your son.”

    Then he said to the disciple, “She is your mother.” From that time the disciple took her to live in his home.

    (John 19: 26-27)

     

     

    Simon

    Station 5: Simon helps Jesus carry the cross

    The soldiers led Jesus away, and as they were going, they met a man from Cyrene named Simon who was coming into the city from the country.

    They seized him, put the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus.

    (Luke 23: 26)

    Station 6: Veronica wipes the face of JesusVeronica

    It was the will of the Lord that his servant
        grow like a plant taking root in dry ground.
    He had no dignity or beauty
        to make us take notice of him.
    There was nothing attractive about him,
        nothing that would draw us to him.
    We despised him and rejected him;
        he endured suffering and pain.
    No one would even look at him—
        we ignored him as if he were nothing.

    (Isaiah 53: 2-3)

    The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!’

    (Matthew 25: 40)

    Station 7: Jesus falls the second timesecond fall

    I am bent over, I am crushed;
        I mourn all day long.
    I am burning with fever
        and I am near death.
    I am worn out and utterly crushed;
        my heart is troubled, and I groan with pain.

    O Lord, you know what I long for;
        you hear all my groans.
    My heart is pounding, my strength is gone,
        and my eyes have lost their brightness.
    My friends and neighbors will not come near me,
        because of my sores;
        even my family keeps away from me.
    Those who want to kill me lay traps for me,
        and those who want to hurt me threaten to ruin me;
        they never stop plotting against me.

    (Psalm 38: 6-12)

    The Lord said, “They are my people; they will not deceive me.” And so he saved them from all their suffering. It was not an angel, but the Lord himself who saved them. In his love and compassion he rescued them. He had always taken care of them in the past,

    (Isaiah 63: 8-9)

    Women of Jerusalem

    Station 8: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

    A large crowd of people followed him; among them were some women who were weeping and wailing for him. Jesus turned to them and said, “Women of Jerusalem! Don’t cry for me, but for yourselves and your children. For the days are coming when people will say, ‘How lucky are the women who never had children, who never bore babies, who never nursed them!’ That will be the time when people will say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us!’ and to the hills, ‘Hide us!’For if such things as these are done when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

    (Luke 23: 27-31)

     

    third fall

    Station 9: Jesus falls the third time

    The Lord guides us in the way we should go
        and protects those who please him.
    If they fall, they will not stay down,
        because the Lord will help them up.

    (Psalm 37: 23-24)

    Our High Priest is not one who cannot feel sympathy for our weaknesses. On the contrary, we have a High Priest who was tempted in every way that we are, but did not sin. Let us have confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it.

    (Hebrews 4: 15-16)

    Jesus is stripped of his clothing

    Station 10: Jesus is stripped of his clothing

    An evil gang is around me;
        like a pack of dogs they close in on me;
        they tear at my hands and feet.
    All my bones can be seen.
        My enemies look at me and stare.
    They gamble for my clothes
        and divide them among themselves.

    (Psalm 22: 16-18)

    …they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier. They also took the robe, which was made of one piece of woven cloth without any seams in it. The soldiers said to one another, “Let’s not tear it; let’s throw dice to see who will get it.” This happened in order to make the scripture come true:

    “They divided my clothes among themselves
        and gambled for my robe.”

    And this is what the soldiers did.

    (John 19: 23-24)

    Station 11: Jesus is nailed to the cross

    Jesus is nailed to the crossWhen they came to the place called “The Skull,” they crucified Jesus there, and the two criminals, one on his right and the other on his left. Jesus said,“Forgive them, Father! They don’t know what they are doing.”

    They divided his clothes among themselves by throwing dice. The people stood there watching while the Jewish leaders made fun of him: “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah whom God has chosen!”

    The soldiers also made fun of him: they came up to him and offered him cheap wine, and said, “Save yourself if you are the king of the Jews!”

    Above him were written these words: “This is the King of the Jews.”

    One of the criminals hanging there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

    The other one, however, rebuked him, saying, “Don’t you fear God? You received the same sentence he did. Ours, however, is only right, because we are getting what we deserve for what we did; but he has done no wrong.” And he said to Jesus, “Remember me, Jesus, when you come as King!”

    Jesus said to him, “I promise you that today you will be in Paradise with me.”

    (Luke 23: 33-43)

    Station 12: Jesus dies.

    Jesus diesAt noon the whole country was covered with darkness, which lasted for three hours. At about three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud shout, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why did you abandon me?”

    Some of the people standing there heard him and said, “He is calling for Elijah!” One of them ran up at once, took a sponge, soaked it in cheap wine, put it on the end of a stick, and tried to make him drink it.

    But the others said, “Wait, let us see if Elijah is coming to save him!”

    Jesus again gave a loud cry and breathed his last.

    Then the curtain hanging in the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split apart, the graves broke open, and many of God’s people who had died were raised to life. They left the graves, and after Jesus rose from death, they went into the Holy City, where many people saw them.

    When the army officer and the soldiers with him who were watching Jesus saw the earthquake and everything else that happened, they were terrified and said, “He really was the Son of God!”

    There were many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee and helped him. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the wife of Zebedee.

    (Matthew 27: 32 – 44)

    Jesus is taken down from the cross

    Station 13: Jesus is taken down from the cross

    After this, Joseph, who was from the town of Arimathea, asked Pilate if he could take Jesus’ body. (Joseph was a follower of Jesus, but in secret, because he was afraid of the Jewish authorities.) Pilate told him he could have the body, so Joseph went and took it away. Nicodemus, who at first had gone to see Jesus at night, went with Joseph, taking with him about one hundred pounds of spices, a mixture of myrrh and aloes. The two men took Jesus’ body and wrapped it in linen cloths with the spices according to the Jewish custom of preparing a body for burial.

    (John 19: 38-40)

    In the tombStation 14: Jesus is laid in the tomb

    Pilate gave orders for the body to be given to Joseph. So Joseph took it, wrapped it in a new linen sheet, and placed it in his own tomb, which he had just recently dug out of solid rock. Then he rolled a large stone across the entrance to the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there, facing the tomb.

    The next day, which was a Sabbath, the chief priests and the Pharisees met with Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember that while that liar was still alive he said, ‘I will be raised to life three days later.’ Give orders, then, for his tomb to be carefully guarded until the third day, so that his disciples will not be able to go and steal the body, and then tell the people that he was raised from death. This last lie would be even worse than the first one.”

    “Take a guard,” Pilate told them; “go and make the tomb as secure as you can.”

    So they left and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and leaving the guard on watch.

    (Matthew 27: 58 – 66)

     

    Learn a song with Issie!

    It’s our second week of learning a song at home and this week Issie is teaching us the song ‘At the Foot of the Cross’, which is a beautiful song.

    We hope to hear your lovely singing voices from your homes! Make sure you sit up straight and sing loud and proud 🙂

    MISSION

    Let us know in the comments below how you reflected on the Stations of the Cross today?

    We’d also love to hear how you got on with singing practice with Issie?! Maybe you could get the rest of the family involved in learning the song together!

    We end with the Sign of the Cross.

    GATHER

    We start with the Sign of the Cross

    Holy Saturday is a day of waiting because we know that Jesus resurrect the next day.

    What can you do in your homes to prepare the way for Jesus and our Easter celebration tomorrow?

    Why not join us celebrating the Easter Vigil Mass today? Have a look at the Mass and Service Live Stream tab and see where you can live stream Mass today!

    There is an Easter Vigil Mass at Nottingham Cathedral with Bishop Patrick McKinney at 7pm!

    THE WORD

    A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew,

    Glory to you O Lord

    After the Sabbath, as Sunday morning was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. Suddenly there was a violent earthquake; an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled the stone away, and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid that they trembled and became like dead men.

    The angel spoke to the women. “You must not be afraid,” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has been raised, just as he said. Come here and see the place where he was lying. Go quickly now, and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from death, and now he is going to Galilee ahead of you; there you will see him!’ Remember what I have told you.”

    So they left the tomb in a hurry, afraid and yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

    Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Peace be with you.” They came up to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. “Do not be afraid,” Jesus said to them. “Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

    The Gospel of the Lord

    Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

    RESPONSE

    What might it have been like for the women watching and waiting at the tomb? How do you feel when you have to wait?

    Watch one of the videos below as we reflect on the journey we have had so far…

     

    MISSION

    As we wait for Jesus like the women at the tomb, light a candle in your homes as a symbol of hope that Jesus will join us again.

     

    Dear Lord,

    As we wait today, help us to know you are near us and that there is hope as we put our faith in you.

    Amen

    We end with the Sign of the Cross

    GATHER

    We start with the Sign of the Cross

    THE WORD

    A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew,

    Glory to you O Lord

    Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the entrance. She went running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

    Then Peter and the other disciple went to the tomb. The two of them were running, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and saw the linen cloths, but he did not go in. Behind him came Simon Peter, and he went straight into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there and the cloth which had been around Jesus’ head. It was not lying with the linen cloths but was rolled up by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in; he saw and believed. (They still did not understand the scripture which said that he must rise from death.)

    The Gospel of the Lord

    Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

    RESPONSE

    This day was made by the Lord; we rejoice and are glad!

    Easter Sunday is the most joyful day for Christians around the world because Jesus has risen from the dead. This shows us that God loves us unconditionally and will never leave us! We rejoice!

    There are loads of great songs that we can sing on Easter Sunday to celebrate this day. Here are some of our favourites….

    Play the songs in your homes, sing them loud and proud and celebrate that Jesus has risen!

    MISSION

    Your mission today is to spread joy in your homes and share the Good News that Jesus is risen!

     

    Risen Jesus,

    Bless our family today as we celebrate.

    You are the resurrection, our hope and our life. 

    You brought us life and the greatest love and we are thankful.

    Lord we thank you

    Response: Lord we thank you 

     

    We end with the Sign of the Cross

     

    Have a blessed and beautiful Easter Sunday!

    Be joyful, be kind and keep smiling because Jesus is risen and Jesus loves you!

     

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