In North Carolina, we are under a state of emergency, where no more than ten people can congregate at one time. Therefore, our Bishop cancelled all Masses throughout my Diocese, until further notice. Yet, this is the holiest week of the year, with Mass on Holy Thursday, Good Friday Services, and of course, the Easter Vigil. So, how might one honor Holy Week while the Churches are closed?
Honor Holy Week
Although we cannot attend services here in North Carolina, and perhaps in your neck of the woods, as well, here are some suggestions on how you might honor Holy Week, safely from our own homes:
- Read Scripture, specifically the daily Mass readings. You can find them by clicking on this link, and then click on the calendar date for the day in question.
- Use Lectio Divina as you read the daily readings to more fruitfully communicate with God. Click on this link to learn how to pray, Lectio Divina
- Walk with Jesus, via the Stations of the Cross, from your own home. Click on this link for a guide to use.
- Pray for those on the front lines fighting to save us: the Emergency Room doctors, technicians, ambulance drivers and nurses. Ask God to keep them safe.
- Pray for those suffering from the Coronavirus, those who have died, and for those who mourn their loss.
- Fast and abstain from meat on Good Friday. Offer your fast for those who suffer from job loss and cannot afford to buy food, pay their rent, etc.
With all that is going on around us, remember this: God is always with us! He will never abandon us! Stay safe and stay close to Christ this Holy Week.
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