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Holy Week Reflection Opportunities

Brook Radaskie, Reporter

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We are asked during the season of Lent to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading the Scripture, and to service by giving alms, and to sacrifice self-control through fasting, and the days leading to the solemn celebration of Easter offers many opportunities for the faithful to engage in prayer.  Holy Week is such a time of prayerful opportunities.  As we remember the events leading to human salvation, how can we share in the sacrifice of Jesus?

Pray this Holy Week prayer every day –

Jesus my Lord, let me strengthen my courage by taking on the courage of all those people who have been “centurions” for me. Many have faced disasters and hard times with great constancy. The upper hand of evil never turned them against you. They kept going. Let me be like them, Lord. No matter what the cross, let me never stop declaring you to be “truly the Son of God, the source of my hope, the reason why I will never quit on life. (CatholicOnline.org)

For more prayers and reflection activities visit  CatholicOnline.org

Pray the Stations of the Cross.

The Stations of the Cross are 14 stations that remembers the last steps of Jesus on earth.  The stations focus on specific events of His last day, including Pilate’s condemnation, the love and service of His followers, the sufferings of His crucifixion, and His laying in the tomb. The stations are commonly enacted in the streets of towns throughout the world, so the faithful can take a mini-pilgrimage through the path of our savior.  You can take a virtual tour through the events of the crucifixion by viewing Busted Halo’s Stations of the Cross.

Stations of the Cross

Fasting is another way to sacrifice during Holy Week. Many people know the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we also abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, and Good Friday. In addition, we are called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. We can contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lenten fasting tradition in this reflection.

In the words of Pope Francis

  • Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
  • Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
  • Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
  • Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
  • Fast from worries and have trust in God.
  • Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
  • Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
  • Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
  • Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
  • Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
  • Fast from words and be silent so you listen

However, you choose to commemorate  Holy Week, may your reflection fill you with peace and joy each day.

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Holy Week Reflection Opportunities