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HOLY WEEK AT HOME
Holy Thursday Mass
Time with Jesus
Place a loaf of unsliced bread and a goblet of wine, grape juice or Koolaid in the center of the family table at supper.
Table Prayer for Holy Thursday Loving God, tonight we celebrate the great sacrament of your son’s love for us. May the gift of his body and blood work in us so that we may live as Jesus did.
Pass around the unsliced loaf of bread. Break off a chunk of bread and say, “Thank you God, Bread of Life.” Pass around a goblet of grape juice or red wine. Take a sip and say, “Thank you God, for our spiritual drink.”
Blessed are you, O Lord our God. With this food strengthen us In this life, and through our death to new life. We glory in the cross of your Son, Jesus. Raise us, with him, to life forever with you. Through Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Sharing a meal together, and serving one another is a sign of forgiveness and a bond of friendship. We celebrate Eucharist and serve others as a witness to being Jesus’ followers and sharing his love. After the Last Supper Jesus washed the feet of his disciples to show them how to serve one another. Go to the next tab to continue Holy Thursday celebration.
If you have not watched Holy Thursday Mass you can do this now or read the scripture readings as a family to prepare for the washing of the feet.
Leader: Dear family, tonight our Lenten observance ends and we begin the celebration of the Triduum, the three holiest days in the Church year, we gather as family and as Church tonight to be watchful and prayerful until Easter Sunday.
Let us listen to the Gospel reading from tonight’s solemn liturgy of Holy Thursday.
Scripture Reading A reading from the Gospel of John, Chapter 13:1-15. (if you do not have Bible to look this up, click the BOOK for the reading) When finish reading say: The Word of the Lord. All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Reflection Leader: Let’s spend a quiet moment thinking about what it means to wash each others’ feet.
Leader now explains that family members will be able to take turns washing the hands (or feet) of each other. First, the family will bless the water.
Blessing of the Water Leader: Family, this water reminds us that Jesus asks us to be servants to each other, to be “doers” for others. Let us ask God to bless it.
Family members extend their hands in blessing over the water.
Leader: Creator God, your gift of water brings life and freshness to the earth. It cleans us when we are dirty, it refreshes us and brings us renewed energy. Renew in us the living spring of your life. May this water remind us that you washed the feet of your disciples and you ask us to wash the feet of each other. You call us to help and to serve each other. We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
Washing Each person washes the hands or feet of the person standing to the right. Continue until all family members have washed and been washed. Recite the following prayer together during each washing or say it at the beginning and then play this song while the washing is being done. If you are by yourself, place your feet in the basin a pour the water on your feet. Soak your feet as you listen to the song.
Prayer during the washing: Lord Jesus, who challenges us to be servants to each other, bless us so that we may care for each other. Bless us so that we may love each other. Amen.
Closing Prayer Leader: Loving God, teach us to love one another as you love us. Teach us to reach out to each other and to those around us who are in need and to bring them your love. Bless this family as we pray through these holiest of days, remembering the suffering and death of Jesus, your Son, and celebrating with you the promise of resurrection—life forever with your son, Jesus.
Things to talk about with your family ... the importance of Holy Thursday and how it established the Mass .. then discuss/teach/learn about the Mass and all its parts
Good Friday Prep
Good Friday Service
Take the time to day to fast from the worldly things. Spend this day remembering Jesus and his message. Connect with those that you love and find ways to heal if needed, do what you can to right your relationships with each other and with God. God's only son was sacrificed on this day ... reach out to God, spend some time with Him.
Jesus prays with his friends. The authorities arrest Jesus. He is tried, sentenced to death, and suffers and dies on the cross.
Begin this solemn day with a special morning offering. Gather around the family prayer space.
Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. All: By your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Leader: In peace, let us pray to the Lord. All: Lord, have mercy. Leader: Blessed are you, O Lord, our God. Today we pray that we may journey with your Son-- Through his agony in the garden, his arrest, his sentencing, his suffering, his death. May we glory in the cross of Christ. Raise us, with him, To the joy of the resurrection. Be with this family today, We pray this in Jesus’ name. All:Amen
Today, talk about the meaning of the cross. What does the cross represent? Family members might mention such words such as pain, suffering, new life, faithfulness, etc.
Pass the family cross from person to person. When each person holds the cross he or she can pray in silence or out loud for a special intention— ~Who needs to know the great love of God today? ~Who is in pain who needs our prayers? ~Who is suffering? ~Who needs to be renewed? Keep these prayers in mind throughout the day.
At 3pm Watch the Good Friday Service ~ you can find it on Facebook Youtube, the Video page on this website or the next tab
Listen to the Word The first and second readings in the liturgy for Good Friday describe the mystery of the cross: suffering turned into victory. The Gospel is the Passion of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. The word passion can also mean strong feelings of love. Jesus’ passion is the time from the Last Supper to Jesus’ death on the cross, during which he shows his great love for us.
If you do not have a crucifix in your home to venerate, please use this photo and allow each person to come forward kneeling or touching the screen to pay their respects to our Lord and Savior.
End the Good Friday Memorial time by praying a Rosary focusing on the SORROWFUL MYSTERIES:
Praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary By praying the rosary, we can meditate on Jesus’ passion and death. Choose one, several, or all of the five sorrowful mysteries to pray together as a family today. The rosary begins with the Apostles’ Creed which is followed by one Our Father, three Hail Mary’s, and a Glory Be to the Father. Next, the Prayer Leader announces the first decade, and the family prays an Our Father, ten Hail Mary’s, and the Glory Be to the Father.
Follow the format below, with a leader reading the Scripture verse or other quote then pausing before beginning each Hail Mary . The Scripture verses are from the readings of the Good Friday liturgy and the quotes are from contemporary voices of justice.
Prayer Leader: We pray together the Sorrowful mysteries of the rosary and meditate on the passion and death of Jesus.
Apostles Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit And born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, And is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, The holy catholic Church, The communion of saints, The forgiveness of sins, The resurrection of the body, And life everlasting. Amen.
Our Father... Hail Mary (three times)... Glory be...
Prayer Leader announces: The First Sorrowful Mystery—The Agony in the Garden Our Father “When Jesus had finished praying, he and his disciples crossed the Kidron Valley and went into a garden.” (John 18:1) Hail Mary “They are plotting and scheming to murder me.” (Psalm 31:13) Hail Mary “My life is in your hands. Save me from enemies who hunt me down.” (Psalm 31:15) Hail Mary “Let us pray for those who are weak. Let us pray for those who betray.” (Archbishop Oscar Romero) Hail Mary “Be my might rock and the fortress where I am safe.” (Psalm 31:2) Hail Mary “Our hearts are restless, Lord, until they rest in you.” (St. Augustine) Hail Mary “When we feel that we are really alone in the world, then (unless we tear one another to pieces) we will begin to love one another.” (Teilhard de Chardin) Hail Mary “Judas had promised to betray Jesus . . . so he went to the garden with some Roman soldiers and temple police.” (John 18:3) Hail Mary “Jesus told them, ‘I am Jesus!’” (John 18:5) Hail Mary “Lord, I cannot do this unless you enable me.” (Brother Lawrence) Hail Mary Glory Be to the Father . . .
The Second Sorrowful Mystery—Jesus Is Scourged. Our Father “No one wanted to look at him. We despised him and said, ‘He is a nobody!’” (Isaiah 53:3) Hail Mary “He was painfully abused, but did not complain.” (Isaiah 53:7) Hail Mary “Who could have imagined what would happen to him?” (Isaiah 53:8) Hail Mary “They came up to him and said, ‘Hey you, King of the Jews!’ They also hit him with their fists.” (John 19:3) Hail Mary “‘If I have done something wrong, say so. But if not, why did you hit me?” (John 18:23) Hail Mary “Pilate asked Jesus, ‘What is truth?’” (John 18:38) Hail Mary “I was born into this world to tell the truth.” (John 18:37) Hail Mary “Truth is fearfully daring, and only heroes can follow the truth.” (Archbishop Oscar Romero) Hail Mary “Let me die to myself so that I may serve you.” (St. Teresa of Avila) Hail Mary “Your way of acting, should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else.” (St. Benedict) Hail Mary Glory Be to the Father . . .
The Third Sorrowful Mystery—Jesus Is Crowned with Thorns. Our Father . . . “He suffered and endured great pain for us.” (Isaiah 53:4) Hail Mary “Are you the King of the Jews?” (John 18:33) Hail Mary “My kingdom does not belong to this world.” (John 18:32) Hail Mary “The soldiers made a crown out of thorn branches and put it on Jesus.” (John 19:2) Hail Mary “Then they put a purple robe on him.” (John 19:2) Hail Mary “We must share in the sufferings of the world to lessen them, to show our love for our brothers.” (Dorothy Day) Hail Mary “But as we share each other’s pain, so do we share each other’s joy.” (Desmond Tutu) Hail Mary “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” (Martin Luther King) Hail Mary “He was silent like a lamb being led to the butcher, as quiet as a sheep having its wool cut off.” (Isaiah 53:7) Hail Mary “He was condemned to death without a fair trial.” (Isaiah 53:8) Hail Mary Glory be to the Father . . .
The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery—Jesus Carries His Cross. Our Father . . . “Kill him, Kill him!” they yelled. “Nail him to a cross!” (John 19:15) Hail Mary “No, not him. We want Barabas!” (John 18: 40) Hail Mary “Then Pilate handed Jesus over to be nailed to a cross.” (John 19:16) Hail Mary “Jesus was taken away, and he carried his cross to a place known as “The Skull.” (John 19:17) Hail Mary Many were horrified at what happened to him. (Isaiah 52:14) Hail Mary Do people weigh you down? Don’t carry them on your shoulders. Take them into your heart. (Dom Helder Camara) Hail Mary “We know that if we really want to love we must learn how to forgive.” (Mother Teresa) Hail Mary “My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.” (Thomas Merton) Hail Mary “Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.” (Thomas Merton) Hail Mary “Eternity, eternity, when shall I come to you at last?” (St. Elizabeth Seton) Hail Mary “I will make the whole earth my altar and on it will offer You all the labors and sufferings of the world.” (Teilhard de Chardin) Hail Mary Glory be to the Father . . .
The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery—Jesus Dies on the Cross. Our Father . . . “Pilate ordered the charge against Jesus to be written on a board and put above the cross.” (John 19:19) Hail Mary “It read, ‘Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.’” (John 19:19) Hail Mary “The place where Jesus was taken wasn’t far from the city, and many of the people read the charge against him.” (John 19:20) Hail Mary “Jesus’ mother stood beside his cross with her sister and Mary the wife of Clopas.” (John 19:25) Hail Mary “At the foot of the Cross she became our mother also.” (Mother Teresa) Hail Mary “He bowed his head and died.” (John 19:30) Hail Mary “And, by your most bitter death, give me a lively faith, a firm hope, and a perfect charity.” (St. Clare) Hail Mary “…we are grafted onto Christ’s life, to his cross and resurrection.” (Archbishop Oscar Romero) Hail Mary “We have a great high priest who has gone into heaven, and he is Jesus, the Son of God.” (Hebrews 4:14) Hail Mary “A fresh kind of life is starting.” (Teilhard de Chardin) Hail Mary Glory be to the Father . . . Amen.
Personal Reflection Today we have entered into the utter loneliness of Jesus, into his pain and suffering, and his death on the cross. Jesus’ passion is part of the deep mystery of our faith—the mystery of redemption. As a family, reflect on your experience of Good Friday this year. Reflect on the passion and death of Jesus. Use these questions to guide your reflection:
Have there been times in our lives when we sat with Jesus and felt the utter loneliness of the Garden of Gethsemane?
How have we worn the shoes of Peter, Judas, Pilate? Have we ever walked the way of Jesus?
How have we helped Jesus carry his cross?
What does the cross mean in our lives?
In what ways does the passion of Jesus challenge our family to respond?
What new understanding do we have about the suffering and death of Jesus? How do we share in this mystery?
What would we say to Mary at the foot of the cross?
Jesus promised eternal life to one of the men crucified next to him. What does these words of Jesus teach us about redemption?
IT IS EASTER!! HE IS RISEN!! Get dressed up in your very best clothes and have your own EASTER PARADE! Go on a walk.. (OK so the weather didn't cooperate with walk, so...) GO on a SUNDAY Drive with your family singing (and honking) ALLELUIA! Carry streamers & noise makers and Glorify God! Let the world and your neighborhood know that even in this time of uncertainty and unsettledness-- EASTER HAPPENED! Something •beyond• GOOD came of that HORRIFIC Friday--- OUR SAVIOR LIVES!! Let us celebrate - Go for a walk/DRIVE and let Satan know -once again- he has NOT won!! Beginning Easter Sunday for the fifty days of Easter until Pentecost Sunday (May 31) ring bells and wave or display ALLELUIA banners inside and outside. Call family and friends and with adequate physical distance tell your neighbors, “Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen Indeed.” (and take pictures .. share them with us by email or Facebook or text through MyParishApp)