As we continue being in confinement, our hope may be tested as we prepare to observe the richest liturgical season in our pastoral year: the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord. Nevertheless, the strength of the Risen Christ impels us to live the coming days with creativity and a sense of wonderment, discerning His presence at the very heart of our life, of our family and our neighbourhood.

For the Paschal Triduum, we are invited to participate in simple, simultaneous gestures as a sign of our communion within the Church. These are opportunities to proclaim our faith in the public square

  1. For all the families of Church, gathered around Christ in their homes to be nourished by prayer, the Scriptures and Spiritual Communion; and for Pope Francis and all bishops as they proclaim the Gospel with a father’s love, for the sufferings of all people. Lord, have mercy.
  2. For all priests and deacons, called to serve their people with love and humility; and for those who minister among young people and the sick. Lord, have mercy.
  3. For the suffering people of our world; for the gift of peace and hope for refugees in war situations; and for religious freedom for persecuted Christians and those of other faiths. Lord, have mercy.
  4. For healing for the sick, strength for families, courage for care givers; and for the Spirit’s wisdom for leaders and medical teams making decisions for the common good in this time of the pandemic. Lord, have mercy.
  5. For families that will nurture the call of God; for the spiritual and physical well-being of all parishioners; for those facing pain and agony; and for all the faithful departed. Lord, have mercy
  6. For God’s protection for all of God’s children, for the health and safety of everyone during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we pray to the Lord.
  7. For continuous coordinated efforts among individuals, nations and societies as we all work together to prevent further spread of the coronavirus, we pray to the Lord.
  8. For healthcare workers and all who are on the front-lines, especially those in positions of vulnerability as they work to serve their neighbors, we pray to the Lord.
  9. That in addition to following all the recommendations of the healthcare professionals, we also remember to appeal to God in prayer, we pray to the Lord.
  10. For those are sick and suffering, especially for those who are isolated and without help, for their healing, we pray to the Lord.
  11. For those who have died, for eternal rest for their souls, and for peace and comfort for those they left behind, we pray to the Lord.
  12. For all those who suffer from anxiety in the midst of this exceptional situation we are going through. May they get comfort, Lord, both in your unlimited Love and in the community. Holy Spirit, be our light so that we keep faith in the heart of our daily lives and in that way, we may transform fear into hope. Amen.

Holy Thursday

Place a lit candle by the window from 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Why? Holy Thursday commemorates the last supper of Jesus Christ and his Apostles. It also celebrates the institution of two Sacraments: the Eucharist and the Holy Orders.

This simple gesture of placing a lit candle allows us to join our pastors who will be spending a Holy Hour from 7:30pm to 8:30pm and will bless the neighbourhood with the Blessed Sacrament.

Other gestures:

  • A family meal
  • A virtual Holy Hour

Holy Friday

Venerate a crucifix and place a cross by the window

Why? A sign of confidence in Christ’s sacrifice for us and in the victory of Love over evil, suffering and death.

Holy Saturday

Pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

Why? To keep watch with Mary in the silence of Holy Saturday

Easter Vigil

Place a lit candle by the window at 8pm

Why? To welcome Easter and express our faith in the Resurrection.

Easter Morning

Ring the bells and sing the Gloria and Alleluia at 11am

Why? To celebrate our Easter joy. As we rediscover Sunday as a day of rest during this pandemic, we encourage the faithful living under the same roof to take the time to enjoy a family meal together and to share the Easter joy with their loved ones by telephone or other means of communications.

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