Holy Week Letter

Dear friends,

As we all continue to practice the necessary social distancing during the lockdown it’s good to remember that we can’t distance ourselves from God.

During Holy Week we journey together, with Christ, deep into the very heart of God and begin to see once more, that infinite ocean of love that is God’s own nature – and the origin and wellspring of our lives.

Though we cannot meet together in St Gabriel’s to celebrate the Holy Week liturgies we can still celebrate them through the medium of TV or other social media and, of course, by joining together in prayer each day.

Mother Julian of Norwich writes, ‘Prayer makes the soul one with God’.  In our prayer and meditation we have a oneness, a fellowship, a union with God and one another and in this way we journey together through Holy Week:

With the Lord we enter Jerusalem on Palm Sunday; on Maundy Thursday we go with him to the Upper Room of the Last Supper and then on to Gethsemane; on Good Friday we journey to the foot of the Cross; on Holy Saturday we keep vigil at the Sepulchre and on Easter Day we greet him, Risen, Victorious, Alive and breathing his Easter Peace and Joy into the depths of us.

It truly is a journey into the heart of the God who has made us for Himself and wants us to know beyond all doubt, the love that made us, indwells us, enfolds us.

Together this Holy Week let us journey faithfully into the depths of the God who will not and cannot keep His distance from us.

With my love and prayers for you all

– in the Peace of Christ

Father Mark