Turn off or “unplug” the T.V. and video games
Shut down the computer
Take the phone off the hook
Turn off the radio, cell phones and C.D. players, iPads and iPods, tablets,
Arrange a comfortable place to sit
Add what you’ll need: perhaps a Bible or prayer journal, pencil or paper
BEGINNING THE HOUR OF PRAYER
At 7:00 p.m., begin with the following prayer.
Be aware that many others in our parish family
are praying this prayer at the same time:
God of Wonder
We gather together
In the quiet of this night
Calling upon your Spirit of love to light our way
Let us be aware of your presence
In silence and in trust
DURING THE REFLECTION TIME
Consider spending the following 45 minutes using one of the following reflection suggestions. What is most important is that you do what you think will make this hour matter most to you. You may want to:
Sit in the quiet stillness for a while
Light a candle or simply listen to the quiet
Share with others or write a list of things for which you are grateful.
Share with your loved ones or write about something that has been especially significant to you lately
Write about or draw/sketch a picture of something that gives you hope
Hold a photo of a loved one while you pray for or speak to this person
Recall a special memory. Share or write about it
Read Sacred Scripture, Poetry or a Spiritual Book
PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL
As the ‘unplugged’ hour draws to a close, let us ask the Lord to refresh and renew us:
Lord, refresh and renew us in your Spirit
For peace among all nations, peoples and faiths, and for Pope Francis…
For the healing of hurts and the grace to forgive…
For health and wholeness in body, mind and spirit…
For the comfort and joy of Christ’s Presence in us…
All pray together the Lord’s Prayer
PRAYER MAKES US CHURCH
Prayer is not just words —it’s how we live in the mystery of God’s plan for us.
Were you praying alone tonight or joined by family or friends? Where were you? At home, in a hospital room, an airplane, or a car en route home?
Were you a family eating together in silent prayer?
Were you a new parent whose prayer was the feeding and caring for a crying baby?
Could you write a few words about what this time was like for you — perhaps a thought, a poem, a bible verse and send it to me?
Holy Thursday, April 2 2015
7:00 p.m. Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper
11:00 p.m. Night Prayer concluding Adoration
Good Friday, April 3, 2015
12 noon Divine Mercy Novena
1:00 p.m. Liturgy of the Lord's Passion
4:30 p.m. Private Prayer concludes
Holy Saturday, April 4, 2015
11:00 a.m. Blessing of Easter Foods
8:30 p.m. Easter Vigil (no 4:30 p.m. Mass)
Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015
9:00 a.m. Eucharistic Liturgy
11:00 a.m. Eucharistic Liturgy