St Gabriel’s Brynmill – Holy Week Bulletin: a prayer and Gospel reading for the great days of Holy Week
(Click on the Gospel readings for the full text)
In the passion of Jesus we behold the total outpouring of God’s love (Mother Julian of Norwich)
April 5th: Palm Sunday
Everlasting God, who in your tender love towards the human race sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross: grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Gospel: St Matthew 21:1-11
Christ enters his own city to complete his work as our Saviour, to suffer, to die and to rise again. Let us go with him in faith and love so that, united with him in his sufferings we may share his risen life.
Call to mind the palm branches the crowd waved and contemplate the humble kingship of the Lord, meek and riding on a donkey…meekness and majesty…
The Easter Triduum: the 3 Great Days
April 9th: Maundy Thursday: the journey deep into the heart of God begins
Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ has taught us that what we do for the least of our brothers and sisters we do also for him: give us the will to be the servant of others as he was the servant of all, who gave up his life and died for us, yet is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
Gospel: St John 13:1-15
Jesus had always loved those who were his in the world, but now he showed how perfect his love was.
Call to mind the bread and wine of the Eucharist and reflect on the total self- giving of Jesus: this is my body given for you. He opens his life to us without reserve or limit
The watch of the Passion: Gethsemane
Gospel: St Matthew 26: 30-56
Jesus said: wait here and stay awake with me. We keep vigil with the Lord.
April 10th: Good Friday: there was a cross in the heart of God long before there was a wooden cross on Calvary
Lord, by shedding his blood for us, your Son Jesus Christ, established the paschal mystery. In your goodness make us holy and watch over us always. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
Passion Narrative: St John 19: 1-30.
Jesus said: it is accomplished; and bowing his head he gave up his spirit. Love’s victory is complete.
Gaze at a crucifix…and adore…allow yourself to be drawn into the love poured out upon the world.
April 11th Holy Saturday: we journey into the fullness of Love’s victory
On this most holy night when Our Lord Jesus Christ passed from death to life, the Church invites her children throughout the world to come together in vigil and prayer. This is the Passover of the Lord: if we honour his death and resurrection we may be confident that we shall share his victory over death and live with him for ever in God.
Light a candle-which will be your paschal candle – and say:
Christ yesterday and today, the beginning and the end, alpha and omega. All time belongs to him and all the ages. To him be power and glory through every age and for ever. Amen
By his holy and glorious wounds may Christ our Lord guard us and keep us. Amen
May the light of Christ, rising in glory, dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds. Amen
By the light of the paschal candle-the Risen Christ- slowly read the scriptures:
Exodus 14: 15-15:1. Moses led the people through the waters of the Red Sea to freedom. We are led through the waters of baptism to the freedom of new life in Christ
Romans 6: 3-11. St Paul teaches us the meaning of Baptism: through the waters of baptism we die and rise with Christ; we are made partakers in his resurrection.
St Matthew 28: 1-10. We greet the Risen Lord in the joy and beauty of his Resurrection. Love’s redeeming work is done.
And wherever we are it is our Galilee, where we are called to be disciples, where we are called to keep walking, where we will always find that Christ has gone before us, a peacemaker in a world that has no peace, a healer in a world that is broken, a saviour in a world that needs to be saved form its selfishness, its pride, its violence and its greed. Before we lose sight of Jesus, let’s find him again in the poor and forgotten, let’s find him in the breaking of the bread, let’s draw our strength, let’s find our forgiveness, let’s walk towards wholeness, the wholeness of life that he offers. And though we may walk through valleys of despair and through times of crucifixion, we are never without this resurrection hope because we are the community of hope, the community of love, the community of Jesus ( Garth Hewitt: Pilgrims and Peacemakers)
May the Risen Christ bless you with his Easter gift of Peace