Holy Week 20/20 is set to be a muted affair due to the ongoing saga of Coronavirus. Because of this a dispensation has been given regarding the obligation to attend Mass on Easter day. But this does not mean we abandon Holy Week and take a holiday from the faith. It remains a sacred time for Christians that needs to be observed and honoured. How then do we keep a good holy week in our homes?
One way is to tune into Mass at St. Anselm’s each day. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week we shall hold Mass at 9:30am. The link is easily found on our parish facebook page.
On Maundy Thursday we shall screen Mass at 7pm. There will be no foot washing ceremony for obvious reasons and no procession or public vigil after Mass. In addition we cannot receive the holy oils because Chrism Mass has been postponed. But we will hold a devout Mass and you can join your prayers to ours and make a spiritual communion from home.
On Good Friday I shall screen stations of the cross at 2:15pm which will be followed by a shortened liturgy for Good Friday. This would be a good day to watch a film like ‘the Passion’ or ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ in the evening. It is a day on when all of us can and should fast.
On Holy Saturday I shall offer a shortened version of the Easter Vigil at 8pm including singing of the exultet. On Easter day Mass will be held at 9:30am. Do tune in and join us for all of these services. Let us keep Holy Week as best as we are able to in these challenging times. Mass today is at 9:30am and you can watch by following this link.