HOLY WEEK AND EASTER 2005


 | HOLY WEEK AT ST. RAPHAEL'S CHURCH |


We began Holy Week with Palm Sunday on 20 March.  Holy Week is the most important part of the churchís year.  Through Holy Week the church provides us with all the symbolism and solemnity it can to focus our minds on the tremendous events that took place over these few days for the sake of our salvation. 

It is important to take time to think about the drama unfolding before us and what it really means to us. The best way to do this is to follow the whole story that unfolds in the ceremonies starting with Our Lordís triumphant entry on Palm Sunday; his institution of the Blessed Sacrament (the Body and Blood of Christ) on Maundy Thursday; his trial and crucifixion on Good Friday and his triumphant resurrection from the tomb three days later.


 | MASS TIMES | STATIONS OF THE CROSS | CONFESSIONS |

| MEDITATIONS AND EXPLANATIONS |


 


TIMES OF MASSES


 

Palm Sunday 20 March                

9.30 am (with procession)

11.30 am

5.00 pm

Reading of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ at each Mass

 

Stations of the Cross and Benediction at 4.00 pm

Maundy Thursday 24 March         

8.00 pm     

Solemn Mass of the Lord's Supper;

Christ's Washing of Disciples' feet;

Procession to the Altar of Repose and stripping of the Altar

Compline (Night prayer: praying with Christ in the Garden) at 11:45 pm

 

Good Friday 25 March                  

10.00 am:    

Stations of the Cross

3.00 pm:     

Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of Our Lord,

8.00 pm:     

Stations of the Cross and veneration of the relic of the true Cross.

 

Holy Saturday Vigil Mass 26 March      

    

8.00 pm

First Mass of Easter - the Easter Vigil; 

Blessing of the New Fire and Paschal Candle

Easter Readings; Holy Mass, and

Renewal of Baptismal promises.

 

Easter Sunday  27 March            

Normal Sunday Mass times  9.30 am    11.30 am    5.00 pm

Rosary and Benediction  4.00 pm

 


CONFESSIONS OR SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION


 

 

Maundy Thursday                    9.30 pm

 

 

Good Friday                            4..00 pm, 9.00 pm

                                           

Sunday                                    9.00 - 9.20 am

                                               11.00 -11.20 am

                                               4.30-4.50 pm                           

 


STATIONS OF THE CROSS


Sundays in Lent - 4.00 pm

 

Good Friday at 10.00 am and 8.00 pm

 

Reflect with Pope John Paul II on the Way of the Cross

 

 

Pray with us on the Way of the Cross

 

 

 

 


MEDITATIONS AND EXPLANATIONS


 

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