Here is a summary of times for the Holy Week ceremonies from some of the larger parishes of the Diocese:
Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
6.00 pm St Peter’s, Lurgan
7.00 pm St Paul’s, Lurgan
7.30 pm Newry Cathedral; St Therese’s, Banbridge, St Peter’s, Warrenpoint; St John’s, Hilltown
Holy Thursday – Holy hour at the Altar of Repose
10.00 pm St Paul’s Lurgan, St Therese’s, Banbridge
Good Friday – Stations of the Cross
3.00 pm Newry Cathedral; St Therese’s, Banbridge; St Peter’s, Lurgan; St Peter’s, Warrenpoint; St John’s, Hilltown
6.00 pm (Polish) St Peter’s, Lurgan
Good Friday – Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion
7.00 pm St Paul’s, Lurgan
7.30 pm Newry Cathedral; St Peter’s, Warrenpoint; St John’s, Hilltown
Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil
6.00 pm St John’s, Hilltown
9.00 pm Newry Cathedral; St Therese’s, Banbridge; St Peter’s, Lurgan; St Peter’s, Warrenpoint
There are some wonderful resources available for download to enable you to create a domestic celebration of Holy Week. Click on the titles to access the resources.
Designed for use across the dioceses and parishes of Ireland, Bringing Holy Week Home was designed to help people undertake this keeping of Holy Week, bringing it into the heart of our home.
Liturgical Press publications have produced a series of resources that could be used at home. These include Resources to Celebrate Holy Week at Home and Celebrating the Eucharist, the Missalette for Holy Week.
During this challenging time, Magnificat publications are generously providing complimentary access to their online version to help people pray from home. Magnificat is a spiritual guide to help you develop your prayer life, grow in your spiritual life and find a way to a more profound love for Christ. It can be used to follow daily Mass and can also be read at home or wherever you find yourself for personal or family prayer.
A Lenten resource for children called ‘MagniKid!’ is also available online.
There is a range of resources for each day of the Triduum at Amaghprays.com for both adults and children.
The Congregation for Divine Worship has issued a special intercession to be added to the Universal Prayers said at the Commemoration of the Passion on Good Friday
For the afflicted in time of pandemic
Let us pray also for all those who suffer the consequences of the current pandemic, that God the Father may grant health to the sick, strength to those who care for them, comfort to families and salvation to all the victims who have died.
Prayer in silence. Then the Priest says:
Almighty ever-living God, only support of our human weakness, look with compassion upon the sorrowful condition of your children who suffer because of this pandemic; relieve the pain of the sick, give strength to those who care for them, welcome into your peace those who have died and, throughout this time of tribulation, grant that we may all find comfort in your merciful love.
Through Christ our Lord.