Holy Week 2020 is being celebrated amid extraordinary circumstances. There are probably few, if any of us, who can remember such a time as this, when we have been directed by the Government and the Church to self isolate in order to protect each other from being infected with the Covid-19 virus. Hopefully our cooperation with these directives will significantly help to slow down and prevent the spread of the virus meaning that fewer people will get sick and still fewer people will succumb to the virus.
Many of our clergy have taken the initiative to live stream their Masses and prayer liturgies. This has proven to be a source of great comfort for those with access to technology and are able to use it. For others, not being able to get to church for Mass increases the sense of isolation and loneliness.
This ‘Mini Retreat’ is an attempt to ease the burden on those who are unable to watch streamed Masses and other liturgies.
The pages of this booklet are intended to help us journey through Holy Week by using the Gospel passages of the day taken from Holy Mass.
We offer a structure for your prayer time and suggest that you choose a time during the day that suits you best. This could be the time that you would usually attend Mass or, early in the morning, midday, whatever suits you.
This may supplement your usual daily prayer so please don’t stop praying your everyday prayers.
Each day is structured in the following way:
- Be still and become aware of God’s presence
- Opening prayer
- Thanksgiving to God
- Reading the Gospel of the day (Bible reference will be given)
- Dig out yourBible!
- Reflecting and praying with the Gospel
- Act of Spiritual Communion
- Closing prayer
Take things at your own pace, take as long as you wish, there’s no rush.
May God’s blessing be with you and on your home.