To highlight that this is the beginning of the “holiest week of the year” and to encourage us all to enter more fully into the communal celebrations of Holy Week, everything in the “worship space” that could distract us from this holy task is taken away. You could actually say that we are asked/encouraged to “fast from our private devotions” during Holy Week. Therefore, the statues are removed as are all other images, including the Stations of the Cross. Even the crucifix over the altar is draped in red to remove it from our sight so that we don’t concentrate only on Christ’s death on the cross. This Holiest Week of the year begins this weekend with Palm Sunday, continues through to the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, the death of Christ on Good Friday and the Resurrection of the Lord celebrated at the Easter Vigil.
To welcome everyone who will join us, particularly on Easter morning, we are now able to avail ourselves of the Parish Hall as an overflow space (just like last Christmas) where our two Easter Morning Masses will be live streamed. The Easter Morning Masses are the two most attended of all the Holy Week celebrations, so keep in mind, if you arrive late or are delayed for one reason or another, there will be lots of available seating in the Parish Hall.
Homily Question for April 2nd:
Why did God let Jesus die the way he did?
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