Lent is a truly special Journey that helps us walk with, and get closer to Jesus. By trying to walk in his footsteps we can understand better about sacrifice and love. Think about your journey through lent so far – how hard has it been? What have been the struggles you have faced? This  week think about what you’ve learnt from your journey and just how far you’ve come. What has this time of isolating taught you?  Are you more resilient than you thought?

  • Visit: https://acnuk.org/resource/online-masses/
    to see where you and your families can live stream Mass from your homes in the coming weeks!
  • For health information and advice visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
  • For the Governments advice and instruction regarding COVID-19 visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus 
  • Your Chaplain is on call as usual to support you! If you worried or concerned about anything and would like to contact me, you can do this via my work email
  • mullen.v@allsaints.notts.sch.uk
  • Please stay safe and keep looking after your physical, spiritual and mental health by accessing the daily prayer resources.Take care.

 

Notices

 

 

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Firstly, we wanted to say how much we miss you. We still journey together and we are still the All Saints’ family!

We will now watch this weeks extra-ordo-nary which will give you the full low down on this weeks Saints days.

 

Let us know how your journey is going.  Have you set yourself any goals?  If you haven’t perhaps you could now?  Could you spend more time in quiet prayer?  Read those books you’ve been meaning to get around to? Teach yourself an instrument? Learn new tricks with a football?

Comment your goals below! 🙂

We end by making the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

During this difficult time we are so fortunate to have so many workers sacrificing not only their own time and health, but their families’ time spent together and health in order to save as many lives as possible. These people are our heroes.

Like many of us, last Thursday you may have joined the country in a mass round of applause for all the key workers who are working on the front line of the corona virus crisis. It was a particularly powerful and special moment as the whole country came together in unity to show their support and appreciation to all of our key workers…

Our prayer this morning is going to be simple but powerful. Simply spend a few minutes in silence talking to God. What help do you need to ask God for during this time? Is there anything you need to say sorry for in order to move on? Is there something you are grateful for that you want to thank God for? comment below

We now invite you to say this prayer for all of our heroes who are working tirelessly in the fight against COVID-19. For our NHS staff, everyone in the emergency services, our doctors, nurses, police, fire service, paramedics, supermarket staff, teachers, social workers, care workers, religious staff, delivery and transport workers…

Dear Lord, 

Bless and guide our health workers and key workers, with strength and well-being. 

Look after them and their families and keep them safe during this difficult time.

Hep us to play our part in society, help us to be kind, put others needs before our own and support the vulnerable.

Amen

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We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

It is traditional on Good Friday for us to 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 praying the Stations of the Cross streamed on:

www.youtube.com/NDCYSLive

We are calling it a shared liturgy as we are inviting you to help create it!

There are three ways you can get involved, pick a station and then:

1.Create an image of one of the stations – this could be a drawing, a collage, a sculpture, a photo of you acting it out

2.Write a reflection about a station – this could be helping us to understand what happened in the Bible reading or helping us think about what this moment means for us.

3.Write a prayer about the station – this could be a prayer thanking Jesus, asking him to help people in a similar situation, or a sorry prayer.

If you wanted to you could do all three!
Please send your work to mullen.v@allsaints.notts.sch.uk

 

Example: The 12th Station Jesus dies on the Cross

The 14 Stations  and bible verses

1.Jesus is sentenced to death – ‘The crowd 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.’ (Luke 23:23-24)

2.Jesus takes up his Cross – ‘Jesus told the crowd and his disciples: “If any of you want to come with me,” he told them, “you must forget yourself, carry your cross, and follow me.’ (Mark 8:34)

3.Jesus falls the first time – ‘But he endured the suffering that should have been ours, the pain that we should have borne.’ (Isaiah 53:4)

4.Jesus meets his mother – ‘Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother, “This child is chosen by God for the destruction and the salvation of many in Israel. He will be a sign from God which many people will speak against and so reveal their secret thoughts. And sorrow, like a sharp sword, will break your own heart.”’ (Luke 2:34-35)

5.Jesus is helped by Simon of Cyrene – ‘On the way they met a man named Simon, who was coming into the city from the country, and the soldiers forced him to carry Jesus’ cross. Simon was from Cyrene and was the father of Alexander and Rufus.’ (Mark 15:21)

6.Veronica Wipes the face of Jesus – ‘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)

7.Jesus falls the second time – ‘We are healed by the punishment he suffered,    made whole by the blows he received.’ (Isaiah 53:5)

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.”’ (Luke 23:27-28)

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)

10.Jesus is stripped of his garments – ‘After the soldiers had crucified Jesus, 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.’ (John 19:23)

11.Jesus is nailed to the Cross – ‘When 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.”’ (Luke 23:33-34)

12.Jesus Dies on the Cross– ‘Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father! In your hands I place my spirit!” He said this and died.’ (Luke 23:46)

13.Jesus is taken down from the Cross – ‘When it was evening, a rich man from Arimathea arrived; his name was Joseph, and he also was a disciple of Jesus. He went into the presence of Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate gave orders for the body to be given to Joseph.’ (Matthew 27:57-58)

14.Jesus is laid in the tomb – ‘Joseph took Jesus’ body, 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.’ (Matthew 27:59-60)

All Bible quotes taken form the Good News translation of the Holy Bible.

 

 

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Making sense of it all!

As Christians, we try to be more and more like Jesus every day. However, this doesn’t mean that we are expected to sacrifice our own life as Jesus did.

So do small sacrifices matter?  Sometimes we can think that we should only try to do great things.

During these difficult times, we may feel like we are helpless but actually it is the small sacrifices that we can still do that will often make the biggest difference.

We are all making our own sacrifices by staying at home during this time. It can be hard to keep hope but these are the sacrifices that are making the biggest difference by are saving lives. During times of need we can turn to God and ask for his strength.

Find somewhere quiet, close your eyes, listen to the song below and spend some time in prayer asking for God’s support and guidance.

Your mission this week is to try and make some small sacrifices to help others and share some positivity, here are a few ideas:

  • Help someone at home with their school work
  • Be more patient with a sibling or play a game with them, when you might normally say no
  • Pray for our world, for the key workers and for the vulnerable
  • Help with some housework at home- cook lunch or dinner, wash the dishes, do some vacuuming or cleaning
  • Talk to your family, ask them how they are, ask them if you can do anything to help them
  • Organise something fun for your family who may be struggling- a quiz night, a board game, a sing song night.
  • Take the time to call or FaceTime someone you can’t see at the moment

These small sacrifices could make a big difference to someone’s life right now.

Offer all these actions and prayers to God as he sees all of our sacrifices, no matter how large or small they are.

Dear Lord, 

Help us Jesus to appreciate the things that we have and the sacrifices that other people make for us.

Give us love in our hearts that is strong enough to help us to make sacrifices for people in need around us.

Amen.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Thank you to Mr Hall for delivering our Gospel reading today.  Do we live our lives the way Jesus would want us to?

 

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

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