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Churches are open, and all restrictions on worship are lifted.
This coming Holy Week will be the first in three years, where all of our Churches are open, and all restrictions on worship are lifted. The Church invites us to ‘live’ these ‘central days of the Liturgical Year’ as we celebrate the Passion, Death and Resurrection of the Lord. It is a moment of profound ‘encounter’, after 40 days of preparing our hearts for the joy of Easter.
Here you can find a list of upcoming events and resources to help you enter into this coming week.
Holy Week Liturgies
Bishop Patrick will be celebrating all Holy Week liturgies at the Cathedral Church of St Barnabas. These are open to everyone, no booking required, and they will also be live streamed. Cathedral Live Stream
You can find your local Church and contact details using the 'Find' tool on this, the diocesan website.
You can fill in the times of our local services and promote them using our simple downloadable flyers and posters. Perhaps you might give one to a neighbour or someone who hasn’t been back to Church yet, or even put one up in your window for passers-by to see. Download these at the bottom of this article.
Holy Week Resources
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have a variety of resources, from art reflections to Stations of the Cross, on the dedicated ‘Holy Week’ section of their website.
You can reflect on the significance of each of the moments of the Easter Triduum – Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, the Easter Vigil- with this short catechesis given by Pope Francis last year.
Holy Week for Families and Young People
There will be a special ‘Stations of the cross for Families’ on Good Friday at the Cathedral, with music from the Boys and Girls Choir. It is at 10:30am and all are welcome.
Families might also like to download ‘Following Jesus Footsteps’ a simple resource from the Diocese of Salford with activities, scripture and reflections for living Holy Week with children.
Check out these reflections on the Stations of the Cross, from the team at Nottingham Diocesan Catholic Youth Service.
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