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Holy Week and Easter Services

We now enter the last two weeks of Lent when we focus more particularly on the Passion and death of Our Lord, before celebration his glorious resurrection.

By ancient custom, the crucifixes and statues in the Church are veiled from today until the Easter Vigil. As with many of our ancient liturgical customs, this has various meanings. Before his Passion, Jesus hid himself and no longer went openly among the Jews. At his passion, the divinity of Jesus was hidden by his humiliation and sufferings for our sake. The statues of Our Lady and the saints are covered because it is not fitting for the servants to be honoured when their Master is hidden.

The veiling of the statues gives a striking austerity to the Church, reminding us of the solemn and mournful time of the suffering and death of the Lord as we approach the liturgical celebration of his Passion.

At the website, you can look up times of all our Holy Week Services and Confessions.

There is also a printable version of the Holy Week Services sheet.

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