The Last Week before Easter is called Holy Week. It begins on Palm Sunday with the commemoration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. It ends with the Sacred Triduum (Latin word “three days”) which are Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. These days celebrate Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection. His giving up of life and taking it back again in glory really one great single act. It is the great action by which our salvation has been secured.
Holy Thursday Everything in the Church’s’ liturgy for today adds up to self-giving and service. Jesus gives himself as food and shares it with the disciples. Jesus also washes the feet of the disciples and tells them to do the same. Make every effort to take part in your parish liturgy tonight and plan some act of service for family, friend and community.
GOOD FRIDAY The Church commemorates the Suffering and Death of Jesus Christ. Spend some time in silence and sacrifice, pray the Stations of the Cross. Join in prayer with those who are suffering and light a candle in support of them.
Pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary with your family or friends.
HOLY SATURDAY Christians in the Eastern Church have the custom of baking bread today. While it is rising they keep silence so that the dough may rise undisturbed, reminding them of the Lord in the tomb and the silent waiting for the Resurrection. Quietly busy your family in joyful Easter preparations. Live this day in a special peace in anticipation of the new life that is ours in Christ. You might try baking special bread for the days of Holy Week.
Enter into the scriptures of Holy Week into the action of Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday feel yourself going through this experience with the Lord.