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Holy Week at Home
Adaptations of the Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday Rituals for Family and Household Prayer These resources are prayerfully prepared
by the editorial team at Liturgical Press. These prayers are not intended to replace the liturgies of Holy Week. Rather, they are a sincere effort to cultivate some of the rituals and spirit of Holy Week in our own homes when public celebration might not be possible.
Thursday of the Lord's Supper (Holy Thursday)
The Sacred Paschal Triduum begins with the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. The word Triduum comes from the Latin for “three days.” These three days of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil are the highpoint of our entire liturgical year. Holy Thursday especially commemorates Jesus’s command to serve others, modeled explicitly in the washing of feet and the celebration of the Eucharist. How do you serve others in your own family and community? Why is it important to connect our daily service to others with Jesus’s command to do so?
Even when we are unable to gather to celebrate Eucharist, we are still called to be a eucharistic people. Jesus’s self-gift in the Eucharist allows us to give freely of ourselves to others, following Jesus’s instructions, “Do this in memory of me.” Our own table fellowship with our family and friends is also a participation in the Eucharist, because the Eucharist by its very nature is deeply relational. If we limit our understanding of Eucharist to only what we receive at Mass, we are missing a major part of Christ’s invitation to us. “Do this in memory of me” is a command and call to action. Do we dare to live our lives following the example of Christ?
Ritual at Home
The pedilavium, or footwashing, has been a Holy Thursday practice since as early as the seventh century. A concrete representation of our call to service, the foot washing in the Holy Thursday liturgy reminds us of Jesus’s example and command. If we truly understand this command, however, we realize that we are called to do more than literally wash feet. Rather, this is a ritual that reminds us of our call to serve others through the concrete realities of life.
Opening Prayer: Loving God,
You show us by example how to love others.
Today as we celebrate Holy Thursday,
we remember when you washed the feet of your disciples.
Give us the strength to wash each other’s feet,
not only in the ritual moment of today,
but in all moments of our lives.
May we as a family recommit ourselves to the service of others.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Reading: John 13:1-15 (Celebrating the Eucharist, page 168)
Washing of Feet: Placing a pitcher of warm water, a large bowl, and a towel in front of those gathered, one of the adults might invite everyone to sit in a circle on the ground.
A designated leader reads:
We follow Jesus’s example and celebrate our own washing of feet. Throughout our time together, pay close attention to what you are experiencing and how you feel. I now invite you to slowly remove your shoes and socks. What do you feel? How do you think Jesus’s friends must have felt as they were preparing for him to wash their feet? What do you imagine Jesus was thinking as he began washing?
The leader takes the feet of one person and places them in the bowl. Pouring some water over the feet, and looking the person in the eye, the leader says:
If washing feet with children:
(Name), I love you. Be kind to one another, help each other, and love everyone you meet.
If washing feet with only adults:
(Name), I love you and Christ loves you. Share the love of Christ with everyone you meet.
One person may wash the feet of all present or each person may take a turn, washing the feet of their neighbor after their own feet have been washed. After washing each person’s feet, gently dry their feet with the towel.
Intercessions: Confident that Jesus Christ hears our prayer, let us offer our petitions with open hearts.
For all who serve in our church: May they follow the example of Christ and uphold the dignity of all people.
For all who serve in our community and country: May they work for the good of all people, especially people who are poor and relegated to the margins of society.
For all who serve others every day, especially parents, guardians, teachers, coaches, and all who practice selflessness and self-gift: May they find comfort and hope knowing that their actions make a difference to so many.
For all gathered here: May we live lives of service to God and others, even when it is difficult or requires extra effort.
The Lord’s Prayer: Gathering these prayers together, as well as those we hold in the silence of our hearts, we pray in the words that Jesus taught us.
Our Father . . .
Prayer: Loving God,
We praise you in a special way today as we celebrate Holy Thursday.
Be with us as we continue our journey through Holy Week,
that we may more closely align our lives with yours,
knowing our call to serve others
following the example you gave.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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1. What images, words, or phrases do you associate with Holy Thursday?
2. How does Jesus call you to serve others in your everyday actions and interactions?
3. How might you explain the connection between the washing of feet and Eucharist?
Continuing the Conversation
The Eucharist is rooted in community and table fellowship. What does table fellowship look like in your
own home? What are some ways you can commit or recommit to the sharing of family meals? Perhaps today would be a good opportunity to cook and eat dinner together. Each family member can take on a specific role, from cooking, to setting the table, to washing the dishes. It is in spending time together that we can live the “thanksgiving” at the heart of Eucharist.
Keeping our Faith during the Covid-19 Shutdown...
Following the President of the Republic'c announcement regarding the the shut down from the 27 March 2020 to 16 April. Kindly note that for the duration of the National lockdown, the church will be closed until further notice. There will be no Masses celebrated. Please join Father Paul in praying the Divine Mercy Prayers everyday at 3:00pm. Stay safe with your families at home.
Prayer Time during Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Lockdown
- Pray the rosary and other devotional prayers daily
- Do spiritual reading and spend some time in reflection
- On Sundays read the scripture readings as set out in the Missal and make the act of Spiritual Communion. (See below)
- Together as a parish let us in our different homes pray the Divine Mercy Prayers at 3:00pm each day (see below)
ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
When we receive the sacrament of Holy Communion, "we unite ourselves to Chirst, who makes us shares in his Body and Blood to form a single body," (CCC 1331). Those who are unable to attend Mass or to receive the Sacrament are encouraged to unite themselves to Christ in prayer through what is known as a Spiritual communion. As Pope St. John Paull II explained in his encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia (no.34), when it is not possible to receive communion it is beneficial to cultivate in your heart a constant desire for the Sacrament. This prayer from St. Alphonsus of Liguori can help you to make this act of spiritual communion:
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
Come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
1. Make the Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
2. Optional Opening Prayers
You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.
(Repeat three times)
O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You!
3. Our Father
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, Amen.
4. Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.
5. The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
6. The Eternal Father
Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
7. On the 10 Small Beads of Each Decade
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
8. Repeat for the remaining decades
Saying the "Eternal Father" (6) on the "Our Father" bead and then 10 "For the sake of His sorrowful Passion" (7) on the following "Hail Mary" beads.
9. Conclude with Holy God (Repeat three times)
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
10. Optional Closing Prayer
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.