Posts Tagged ‘Holy Week’

Pope urges us to make the most of these difficult times Comments 0

Monday, April 6th, 2020

In the Pope’s Holy Week message, Francis reaches out to those whose lives have changed most because of COVID-19. In a video message, he speaks of the difficulties and suffering these weeks have brought many people, for those with sick people at home and those who are in mourning. “I can imagine you in your Read more

Easter date can not be changed, despite coronavirus Comments 0

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

The Vatican department for liturgy published guidelines Friday for bishops and priests on the celebration of Holy Week, the Triduum, and Easter liturgies during the coronavirus pandemic. The document recommends that bishops postpone those liturgies which may be postponed. It also indicates how priests and bishops can offer those celebrations which cannot be moved, such Read more

Will this be our last Holy Week? Comments 0

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Is Holy Week really worth the effort? If you talk to pastors, liturgists, choir directors, leaders of RCIA, etc., Holy Week is a time of frenetic activity, the culmination of much planning and lack of planning, and somehow—at least sometimes—inspiring. And then…? Well, a few weeks of lilies and extra “Alleluias!” and then back to Read more

Your musical guide to Holy Week Comments 0

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

For 1.2 billion Catholics around the world, this week marks the single most important week of the year: Holy Week. Holy Week – which culminates with Easter Sunday – enters into the heart and soul of Christianity, which is the death and Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth two thousand years ago. As Fr. Robert Barron Read more

Israeli restrictions for Holy Week worry Christians Comments 0

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Restrictions imposed by the Israeli government are preventing Christians from worshipping freely in the Holy Land this Holy Week. Yusef Daher, secretary-general of the Jerusalem Interchurch Center, said the network of Israeli police barriers disrupt the flow and number of people who are able to reach the church of the Holy Sepulchre for Good Friday Read more

The paradox of the cross — joy in the midst of sorrow Comments 2

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

The Cross is the great paradox of Christianity. More than a few people have asked me over the years why the Catholic Church focuses so prominently and persistently on the Crucifix. One inquirer even suggested that the Crucifix hanging above the Altar is too intense a reminder of the sorrow in the world and that Read more

The Way of Holy Week Comments 0

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

We are people of the Way, an ancient term for the first Christians which is found in the Acts of the Apostles. Jesus showed us that way throughout his whole life on earth, but this way becomes particularly clear and calls to us most profoundly in the events of Holy Week, not only by Jesus’s Read more

Easter in pictures Comments 0

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Holy Week and Easter has just been observed right around the world. The Atlantic has posted a picture gallery of 38  images depicting the different ways Easter has been observed. “Families attended church services, hooded penitents took part in processions, and children hunted for Easter eggs. In Catholic passion plays, participants depicted Jesus’ trial and Read more

Obama hosts Easter prayer breakfast with meditation on suffering Comments 0

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

President Obama hosted his third annual Easter prayer breakfast at the White House on Wednesday (April 4), saying that Jesus’ suffering and sacrifice during Holy Week puts the travails of his own life in perspective.

His five-minute mini-sermon provoked sympathetic laughter from the audience of about 150 clergy and other guests when he talked of the burdens of the presidency.

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Catholic ire catches Singapore Holy Week dance party promoters off-guard Comments 0

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Holy Week might not seem the best time of year to feature scantily-clad nuns in ads promoting a dance party anywhere in the world. It’s probably therefore not surprising that such an event has courted trouble in Singapore, a city famous for its low tolerance of anything that might upset its racially and religiously diverse communities.

The party was advertised with an image of a woman donning a wimple and a revealing piece of black clothing.

Called Escape Chapel, the event was supposed to be the first Asian foray for the organizers of popular British music festival Escape Into The Park, which takes place each year in Swansea, Wales.

“We’ve used this opportunity to express how deeply remorseful we are for the all the upset we’ve caused to the Catholic community in the days leading up to their most holy of weekends,” Creative Insurgence Director Aaghir Yadav said in a statement.

“We never intended to offend or mock the Catholic faith and chapel – and are very sorry for the poor judgment we’ve displayed in our marketing decisions.”

Archbishop Chia Wednesday said the church accepted the apology and that the incident was a reminder “of the need for mutual respect for all religions in our multireligious country.”

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