HOLY WEEK Online Liturgies – Diocese of Limerick
Streamed live from St. John’s Cathedral on Thursday 1st April at 10.00am.
The Mass of Chrism is the great annual gathering of the Diocese – lay faithful, religious, priests and Bishop, all gathered in the one Eucharist. Everyone renews their baptismal promises and the priests renew the promises made at Ordination. The sacred oils are blessed. It is always a joyful, moving ceremony of the People of God united with one another around the Bishop. This year’s Chrism Mass for a second year has had to go online but you can still join in via live stream and watch this beautiful celebration of unity and strength bringing together virtually the parishes of the Diocese. Click here to view the live stream.
LITURGY of FORGIVENESS:
Streamed live on Wednesday 31st March at 8.00pm.
Prepared by Michael Kelly (Pastoral Outreach and Formation Worker, Limerick Diocese), in collaboration with Bishop Leahy, Fr Mike Cussen and Fr Frank O’Dea, will be streamed live on the Diocesan Facebook page. You will need to have two stones that can be held easily in your hand, a candle, a large plate, and pen and paper. Follow link HERE . It can be viewed without being a member of Facebook, just choose Not Now under the Log In/Create New Account field when it appears.
Marking Palm Sunday with a Door Wreath
This time last year during our first lockdown some people made Palm Cross wreaths to place on the front door of their homes on Palm Sunday. Why not have a go at making such a wreath to mark Holy Week this year in your house. We may not be able to come together at Mass at this time but we can mark the beginning of Holy Week at home using the wreath as a symbolic gesture. The wreath can be as simple as two pieces of palm (or any seasonal foliage) tied together in the form of a cross and then fixed to the front door. The palm could also be left as a straight branch, or it could be bent around in a circle, and then placed on your front door after your home celebration on Palm Sunday (this year the 28th of March), in the same way as some people like to put a Christmas wreath on their door. More design ideas here (from Drumshanbo parish, Co. Leitrim).
Almighty God, bless our crosses (+) that they may be for us signs of Christ’s victory over sin and death; and bless us this Passion-tide as we journey with Christ towards his Cross on Good Friday. Amen.