Sunday April 13th. 2014                                                                                        Charity registration No. SC 002876

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Holy Thursday

Commemoration of the Last Supper

This evening, we thank God for the two most precious gifts he gave to us at the Last Supper in the Upper Room, the Cenacle— the Eucharist, his own Body and Blood, and the priesthood to assure us that his presence would always be with us: Do this in memory of me. Down the centuries, the Eucharist has been the very beating heart of the Catholic Church, the sign of Our Lord’s living presence among us. The first Mass was at the Last Supper, it was both a sacrifice and a meal. The sacrifice would take place the next day when Christ became the innocent victim on the cross on Calvary. The Eucharist would also be the food of our souls. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in him.

Thursday evening will be an excellent opportunity as we gather round Christ, as the Apostles did in that Upper Room, to pray for our priests that they may become more Christ- like. Pray also for an increase of vocations to the priesthood. Without the priest there can be no Eucharist, no Mass, no Eucharistic community. Pray specially for a greater devotion and love of the Blessed Sacrament. We remember my nephew, Thomas Wynne, who will be ordained a deacon  on  Monday, June 9th, feast of St. Columba, at St. Mary’s. Fort William, and he will be of great assistance in the diocese, and will help me with the Holy Week services   

Altar of Repose—night prayers 10 p.m.

There will be night prayers at the Altar of Repose at 10 a.m. It is our opportunity to keep our Lord company when he was captured and taken to the courtyard of Herod. Peter followed after him, but sadly refused to acknowledge that he was a friend of Christ when questioned by the maid servant.. He wept bitterly when the cock crew, and for the rest of his life expressed his sorrow and regret.

Good Friday— Solemn commemoration of our Lords’ Passion and Death at 3 p.m.

The Church in its solemn liturgy recalls our Lord’s final journey from Jerusalem to Calvary. We will never fully appreciate the horror, pain and humiliation of Our Lord’s Passion. This was Almighty God who came on this earth to bring peace and love, and was treated as the worst criminal because of the envy and  bitter jealousy of

the Caiphas, the High Priest, the Scribes, Pharisees and so many others. They failed to recognise in their blindness  that God so loved the world that he gave us his only-begotten son—and so they crucified him because he was an embarrassment to them

After the prayer and scripture readings, the Passion according to St. John will be read, followed by the solemn Kissing of the Cross. The Blessed Sacrament is returned from the Altar of Repose and Holy Communion is distributed

             A Collection will be taken up at this service for the African Missions

Good Friday is also a day of fasting and abstinence.

Way of the Cross, Kissing of the Cross and Holy Communion at 7.30 p.m

This will be an opportunity for those who were unable to attend the afternoon liturgy to come in the evening to honour Our Lord’s suffering and death by following him on the way to Calvary by the devotions of the  Stations of the Cross. This will be  followed by Kissing of the Cross, and  afterwards there will be the privilege of receiving  Our Lord in Holy Communion so that we can express our sorrow and gratitude  personally to him within our hearts.