Holy Week

Holy Week is the most sacred and special time of the year for Catholics. It is a week flooded with God’s grace. The chief events during Holy Week are:

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday when we remember that Our Lord Jesus Christ:

  1. Washed His disciples’ feet to show them that they are to serve and not be served.
  2. Gave them a new commandment, to love one another as He had loved them.
  3. Instituted the first Mass by consecrating the bread and wine to become His Body and Blood, and ordaining His Apostles as the very first priests.

During the Liturgy of the Passion on Good Friday we venerate the wood of the Cross on which our Redemmer hung. We genuflect three times as we approach the Crucifix before kneeling to kiss the feet of Our Lord Jesus Christ as an act of worship, humility, sorrow for our sins, and love.

On Holy Saturday the Easter Vigil marks the beginning of Easter. The Vigil begins with a fire blessed by the priest, and from that fire we light the Easter or Paschal Candle, representing Christ the Light of the World. The very ancient hymn, the Exultet, is sung in praise of this holy night during which our Saviour rose from the dead. Holy water is blessed and then used to baptize people throughout the following year.

Together, these three services are known as the Sacred Triduum.