We were fortunate in being able to celebrate nearly all the liturgies of Holy Week. We missed you though since your presence and joining in positively are an essential part of the proper celebration.
We felt that the usual liturgy for Good Friday afternoon was impossible without you and especially the choir. Instead we shared our skills and resources and managed to stream the Stations of the Cross. From the Becket the sound was better. It was a bonus that we could stream most of the services though, thanks to the skills and generosity of our streaming team. You in turn found this beneficial. Thank you for all the messages affirming the exercise.
What next? Again we in the friary are the fortunate ones. For we have a regular pattern of prayer in common throughout each day. However when parish life is buzzing as normally it does in St Thomas many of us are otherwise committed and so we have to fit in our prayer individually around these commitments. Now in self-isolation we are regularly together. How about you? Holy Week provides a framework for prayer. Now each week everyone has to make their own.
This is important in these troubled days. The lockdown gives us the chance to catch up on many things neglected when we are busy. Our life of prayer surely is one of these. The pandemic is part of God’s plan for us just as was Calvary. Incomprehensible that a loving God could allow such suffering – but it is the tool and opportunity for us to grow to the stature of Christ. We hear that hard times lie ahead even when the plague relents. Now is the time for us to lay, through prayer, the foundation for our changed life of the future, however that may pan out.
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