The start of Holy Week presents to us the drama of the last days of Our Saviour’s earthly life. Holy Week is an incomparable opportunity to take time out each day for prayer and meditation.
The contemplative Liturgies celebrated during this week are not simply pious recollections of events which took place 2000 years ago.
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday has a startling variation to the normal text of the Eucharistic Prayer. The text states, “On the day before he was to suffer for our salvation and the salvation of all, that is today” (italics added). The prayer make the remarkable claim that the Last Supper is not consigned to history. In a real but mysterious way the event is made present on Holy Thursday.
Indeed the whole mystery of Christ’s Death and Resurrection is made present in the Liturgies of Holy Week. May Holy Week be a retreat for each of us opening our hearts to the rich graces the Heavenly Father desires to communicate to us.