Dominican Fathers
Sunday - April 08, 2001
Holy Week
Most of us realize, more or less vaguely, why this week of all the weeks of the year, is called ¡§holy.¡¨ One could imagine a television reporter stopping people in the street and asking why they thought this is called ¡§Holy Week.¡¨ I suppose there are some who would hesitate for a moment telling themselves that they ¡§never thought of it like that before.¡¨ If pressed, one imagines that many people would answer that ¡§Holy Week¡¨ is so named because Good Friday occurs during it. That reply is true, but inadequate. It is true because it puts the spotlight on the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ, which we call to mind on Good Friday. But it is inadequate for two reasons. The first reason is that the spotlight ought to be placed not merely on Our Lord¡¦s suffering and death, but on His Resurrection as well. That is how the Church sees it. The second reason why the reply is inadequate is that it is not just Good Friday that makes the week holy. The entire week is focused on the sufferings, death and resurrection of Our Lord building up to a crescendo on the last three days. Holy Saturday is the holiest celebration of all. It is true, of course, that on certain days the main emphasis of the liturgy is on the sufferings and death of Our Lord. On Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday the emphasis is on the Resurrection. But this is only because our minds cannot concentrate on everything all at once. It does not mean that the elements not spotlighted are being excluded. In the theatre, if one actor on stage is picked out by a spotlight, this does not mean that the other people on stage are being excluded from our attention. In fact, awareness of their presence could be vital to understanding what the main character is saying or doing at that time. It is like that in the liturgy of Holy Week. The liturgy on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday focuses enormously on the sufferings and death of Jesus. Holy Thursday emphasizes on first celebration of the Eucharist. But we are never invited to leave the resurrection out of our thoughts while meditating on Christ¡¦s sufferings and death. Their significance would be lost without the resurrection. THOUGHT PROVOKING A pilgrim was making his way to the Promised Land. He was carrying his master¡¦s cross, a burden he cheerfully accepted. Becoming weary, the pilgrim paused to rest. As he basked in the sunlight, he watched a woodsman nearby hew a tree in the forest. ¡§Good friend,¡¨ called the pilgrim, ¡§may I use your axe to shorten my cross? As I journey, it grows heavier.¡¨ ¡§Indeed,¡¨ cried the woodsman, and, without hesitation, he obliged. The pilgrim travelled on, making much progress. The cross was shorter now, and his burden lighter. In no time at all, the Promised Land was in sight. Drawing near, he say that a deep gulf separated him from the glories beyond. He would use the cross to span the divide. Though he struggled mightily to span the divide with the cross, it fell short by the very amount he had removed. Suddenly, with tears streaming down his face, he awoke; it had been a dream. Clutching the cross to his breast, the pilgrim pressed on. The cross was just as heavy, but its burden lighter. God loves each of us as if there was only one of us to love. ~ St. Augustine. The most noble thing a human being can do is die for something beyond himself...... Jesus said: Nobody takes my life, I give it freely. The purpose of faith is to comfort the challenged and to challenge the comfortable. Helder Camera, Archbishop of Recife in Brazil was a champion of the poor and dispossessed. He was capable of filling a whole stadium with young people just to listen to him. A reporter asked him how he reconciled such adulation with the call to be a holy man of God? He answered, ¡§I¡¦m just like the ass that carried Jesus into Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday. Few people see the ass, most just see Jesus.¡¨ ...... So could you be the ass to carry Jesus? NOTICE BOARD Sunday Morning Ireland: Log in to this religious programme going out to the world website audience from St. Saviour¡¦s, Bridget Street, Waterford on Easter Sunday morning and following Sundays. E-mail: Note our e-mail address. If you have any comments, criticisms, insights, suggestions, we would be pleased to hear from you. Priory Shop - Easter schedule: Please note that the shop will be closed for Easter, i.e. Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday and Monday. There will be no business transacted at all during those days from the priory door. Please understand that this arrangement is to honour the very holy character of our Easter feast. HOLY WEEK CEREMONIES Mon. Tues. Wed.: Masses: 8am & 10.30am Confessions: 10 -10.30am Holy Thursday: 7.30pm - Mass of the Lord¡¦s Supper. Confessions: 6.30 - 7.25pm Good Friday: Celebration of the Lord¡¦s Passion. Confessions: 11 - 12noon 3 - 4pm 7.30pm: Stations of the Cross. Holy Saturday: 8pm: Easter Vigil. Easter Sunday: Masses: 7am, 10.30am & 12noon Easter Monday: Mass: 10.30am only. Good Friday is a Day of Fast and Abstinence.

Mass Sunday : 7:30 pm - Saturday Vigil Mass
7:00 am
10:30 am
12:00 noon
7:00 pm
Weekdays : 8:00 am
10:30 am
7:30 pm
Confessions Saturday : 10:10 - 10:25 am
10:10 - 10:25 am
11:00 - 1:00 pm
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Weekdays : 10:10 - 10:25 am
7:10 - 7:25 pm
All correspondence to : Fr. Vincent Travers O.P.
Bridge Street, Waterford
Tel: 875061 Fax: 858093

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