Holy Week 2018

Holy Week 2019

Holy Week, which this year runs from Sunday 14th April until Saturday 20th April, is the most important week in the Church's year.

In this week, the Church throughout the world recalls the final days of Our Lord's earthly life and celebrates the saving love of God that saw Jesus go willingly to the Cross in order to win the gift of salvation and eternal life for all, by rising triumphant from the grave on the first Easter morning.

Here in St Luke's, we will be walking the Way of the Cross with Jesus, with a series of special services that mark the key moments of the week. 

Entry into JerusalemOn Palm Sunday (14th) we will recall Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, when the crowds welcomed him with joy and ripped branches from the trees to carpet the road ahead of him. In our celebration, we will process through the local streets with our palm branches, in an act of witness to our Saviour. 

Last SupperOn Maundy Thursday (18th) we will gather to commemorate the Last Supper: the final meal Jesus  shared with his closest friends.  And just as Jesus did, so 12 people will have their feet washed in remembrance that Jesus came among us as a servant and commanded those who would follow him to do the same.  As the Mass ends, we will keep a 'Watch of the Passion', a vigil of prayer until midnight, in obedience to the Lord's request that his friends should 'watch and pray' with him.

Crown of ThornsOn Good Friday (19th) our Liturgy will focus on Christ's saving work on the Cross.  We will hear an account of the crucifixion and we will Venerate the Cross, worshipping the sacrifice of Jesus and recalling that through our sharing in communion, we are united with him in his suffering. 

Easter VigilOn Holy Saturday (20th) in the darkness of the night, we will rejoice as we light the Easter Candle and proclaim the earth-shattering truth that the Light of Christ has come into the world; that Jesus is risen from the tomb.  We will hear the scriptures unfolding the narrative of salvation and we will renew our Baptismal Promises, for it is only through baptism that we may come to share in the joys of eternal life granted on this night.