Holy Week

Passion Sunday

Hosanna to the Son of David!

Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord!

Hosanna in the highest heavens!

And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil. “Who is this? People asked, and the crowds answered: “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee”. (Matt. 21:10)

Holy Week is the last week of Lent. During this week we remember the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. We move with Jesus from this triumphal entry into Jerusalem towards his death in utter desolation and isolation. We are reminded that discipleship involves suffering. Through our journey we come to meet the risen Jesus in the unfolding of the events of Easter Sunday.

From the early days of the Church, Christians told the story of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection. People wanted to walk with Jesus on his way of the Cross, but as few could literally walk the route he had taken, the devotion of the Way of the Cross was developed.

“The Stations of the Cross are a compass, a guide for the heart, a blueprint and a source for sounding out our responses to what prevails and happens in our world today. They offer wise counsel on how to walk with dignity, with grace, with compassion and with the freedom that the children of God have no matter what we encounter along the way”.

(Megan McKenna: The New Stations of the Cross).


Kildare & Leighlin Parish Lenten Resources 2008

Message of His Holiness Benedict XVI For Lent 2008 CLICK HERE

The Easter Triduum


Holy Thursday


“The Lord took some bread and thanked God for it and broke it, and he said: ‘This is my body which is for you: do this as a memorial of me’. In the same way he took the cup after supper and said: ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do this as a memorial of me’. Until the Lord comes, therefore, every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are proclaiming his death.”

(1 Cor. 11:23-26)

Good Friday


“Ours were the sufferings he bore, ours the sufferings he carried. But we thought of him as someone punished, struck by God and brought low. He was pierced through for our faults, crushed for our sins. On him lies a punishment that brings us peace and through his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 52:4 – 5).

Easter Sunday


The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia

“After the Sabbath, and towards dawn on the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to visit the sepulchre. And all at once there was a violent earthquake, for the Angel of the Lord, descended from heaven, came and rolled away the stone and sat on it. His face was like lightening and his robe white as snow. The guards were so shaken, so frightened of him, that they were like dead men. But the angel spoke: and he said to the women: ‘ There is no need for y0u to be afraid. I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said he would. Come and see the place where he lay, then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has risen from the dead and now he is going before you to Galilee; it is there you will see him’. Now I have told you’. Filled with awe and great joy the women came quickly away from the tomb and ran to tell the disciples”.

(Matthew 28: 1-8)