Holy Week is here, plunging us deeper into the story of Jesus’ passion and inviting us to see anew what he gave for us and how he loved us ‘to the end’ (John 13:1).
But Jesus’ story does not end in death. Even as we journey through the Triduum, we look forward to the joy of resurrection, to the glory of the risen Christ. In his 2023 Easter message, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli reflects on three important things that flow from the resurrection, reminding us that we are recognised, healed and sent to share the light of Christ with others.
Each year, the Chrism Mass helps to prepare the local Church for this mission. Celebrated at St Patrick’s Cathedral on the eve of Holy Week, this year’s Chrism Mass was strongly attended by lay faithful from across the Archdiocese. In his homily, Archbishop Comensoli reflected on the rich symbolism of the Mass, inviting those gathered ‘to be renewed in the fulness of Christ’ and to ‘participate in his forever-youthful life’.
One of the best ways to prepare for the Holy Triduum is through the sacrament of Reconciliation, where we encounter God’s mercy and forgiveness in Christ. This week we hear from some parishes who share what they have been doing to help people enter into the spirit of this beautiful sacrament.
St Damian’s in Bundoora has been hosting an exhibition of a striking set of Aboriginal Stations of the Cross—on loan from Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Victoria—in an initiative that has introduced the Stations to a new and appreciative audience, inspiring and challenging many on their Lenten and Holy Week journeys.
Each year on Palm Sunday, the Walk for Justice for Refugees provides an opportunity for people to show support and solidarity for refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia. This year was no different as hundreds of people from a wide range of backgrounds—including Catholic parishes, organisations and schools—gathered on the steps of the State Library of Victoria to help shine a light on the plight of refugees.
As we enter into the rhythms of Holy Week, we also reflect on the importance of being moved by Christ’s passion—opening our hearts to feel the agony of his love for us.
May Holy Week draw you deeper into the paschal mystery, as together we follow Jesus along the way of the cross, through the darkness of death and into the light of resurrection.