Together with Father Bonke, Deacon Michael and the parish and school staff of Christ the King, I wish you a peaceful and prayerful Holy Week.
The circumstances surrounding this year’s Holy Week are ones that we will never forget, but it is precisely in these circumstances that we are called to learn more perfectly the lessons of Holy Week and to celebrate Easter.
At the very heart of the events that are commemorated during this most special week is a love that sacrifices itself for the good of others. It is the love that God has for us in sending us his only-begotten Son. It is the love that Jesus has for us in offering his life for us on the cross. It is the love that the Father and the Son have for us in sending the Holy Spirit into the world to draw us all together in this love that is the very essence of God, in whose image and likeness we have been created.
This Holy Spirit is at work in our midst in powerful ways even as our world experiences a devastating pandemic. The Holy Spirit empowers us to sacrifice so many of the things we enjoy and that we take for granted for a greater good. This Holy Spirit is at work in the way in which so many people have generously embraced this cross and the way in which so many people help others carry this heavy cross.
Mr. Seib, our school principal, in his virtual address to the students of Christ the King at the Morning Assembly at the beginning of Holy Week, wisely told the students that this is our moment in history. God is asking us to do something great in the sacrifices we make to save the lives of others. It is the Holy Spirit who empowers us not only to carry the cross of the present moment, but to carry it joyfully and willingly for love of our brothers and sisters.
May this Holy Week, unlike any other, teach us the lessons of love that are at the very heart of Holy Week and may these lessons remain with us long after the pandemic has subsided.
Many parishioners have responded to the invitation to display a cross in their yards during Holy Week. Many of these crosses are draped with a red cloth as a sign of Jesus’ redemptive suffering. The red cloth may be removed on Holy Saturday morning and replaced on Easter Sunday morning with a white cloth as a sign of Jesus’ victory over death.
Parishioners are invited to participate in the Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil liturgies that will be led by Archbishop Thompson and live-streamed from the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. All are invited to join together virtually for Easter Sunday Mass from our parish church of Christ the King at 10:00 am.
In God’s love,