Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As a communion of Christ’s people we have been physically separated from each other for about two weeks. We have been prevented from public celebration of our Christian fellowship and of the Holy Eucharist, which is the heart of that fellowship, by a pandemic of grim and forbidding proportions.
Nevertheless, we have not been spiritually disconnected and will never let ourselves be so, because of the profound faith and hope with which we are bonded in Christ. Neither physical nor spiritual evil can ever disrupt the life force that unites us together in the Mystical Body of Christ because He is its Head, and the Holy Spirit is its life.
As we enter into the Holy Week and focus on the meaning of the Paschal Mystery, let us not be disheartened or disappointed, but pray for guidance and strength in these difficult times. Let us pray for an end to the pandemic. Let us also pray for those who succumbed to the disease and for those who have been adversely impacted as well as those who are struggling for survival.
Holy Week, 2020, will be remembered with a heavy heart, by generations of Christians to come. We, who live in these painful times, accept our cup of suffering as God’s will and pray to the Father, with Jesus, “Thy will be done.” We are a ‘resurrection people’ who have set our hopes, not on a material world that
ends with death, but on an everlasting dwelling place illumined by the eternal Light.
Suggested special spiritual exercises for the Holy Week:
1. Reading and meditating on the Passion narratives: John’s Gospel and Matthew’s Gospel
2. Praying the Stations of the Cross
The Holy Week liturgies will be celebrated without a congregation.
Make sure of your virtual participation by joining in our live streamed Masses (Facebook users, Palm Sunday at 10:30 am ; visit our website for the link) or telecast Holy Week services (e.g. EWTN).
Fr Tom John