THE LORD’S SUPPER FOR FAMILIES AT HOME
This is a short celebration of the Lord’s Supper, on the evening of Maundy Thursday, 9th April 2020, for families at home. If you read through the download first then you will know what you need to do in advance to prepare for the celebration. You can also listen to, and choose, which music link to use during the liturgy. If possible, print out a copy for each person.
GOOD FRIDAY LITURGY AT HOME
MARY’S WAY OF THE CROSS
For a Good Friday Liturgy at Home you may like to pray the Stations of the Cross incorporating a Veneration of the Cross after the 11th Station. There are many versions of the Stations. One of my favourites is this one; which is Mary’s Way of the Cross.
Gather around the crucifix. Take it in turns to lead a Station each. After praying the eleventh station, Jesus is nailed to the Cross, you may like to pause and reflect, with each person taking time to Venerate the Crucifix; whilst listening to this beautiful ‘Song of Mary’ (composed and sung by CJM Music) YouTube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YOp_iRK3eo After praying the Fourteenth Station, Jesus is laid in the Tomb, you may like to listen to this song (also from CJM Music) YouTube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4SLNVk-P9Y and as you listen, to reverently cover your crucifix with a white cloth, symbolising the covering of the body of Jesus in a Shroud.
Have a Blessed Good Friday: ‘Good’ – because on this day salvation was won for us by the loving sacrifice; by the sufferings and death, of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
For those following a live-streamed Service of the Passion, or one from a Missal, you may like a copy of this Good Friday’s special intercession (which is not in the Missal) to pray for the afflicted in time of pandemic please use the download below
HOLY SATURDAY REFLECTION AT HOME
This Holy Saturday Reflection at Home is probably more suited to adults rather than children; though, after using this Liturgy, parents may wish to explain to their children the meaning of Holy Saturday. This Reflection is for Holy Saturday morning or early afternoon before the celebration of the Easter Vigil in the evening.
The Exsultet – The Easter Proclamation!
This Saturday evening, as the Church celebrates the Easter Vigil, you may like to light a blessed candle at home (adhering to all the safety precautions regarding a lit candle such as a safe distance from flammables, properly contained, on a secure surface and never leave a lit candle unattended.)
If your candle is not blessed, simply ask God in prayer to bless the candle for you. For example, “Heavenly Father, you sent us your only-begotten Son, Christ Our Light, to enlighten the hearts of all peoples. In your Gracious Love, please bless this candle and make it holy so that it may be fit to represent Christ, the Light of the World. Amen.” This blessed candle will now be a wonderful symbol of Christ our Light whenever it is lit to accompany prayer.
First light your blessed candle. It will be the focus for your prayer. Then sit back and relax in the Presence of Christ as you listen to one of these following Easter Proclamations, or ‘Exsultet’
‘Most Holy Night’ by Dan Schutte, at YouTube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m89Y98txsjE is a trip down memory lane as it has been the version usually sung in the church here each year.
If you would like something a bit different then this version from Karl Kohlhase may be of interest at YouTube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4Ytyy2apLg
For something really gentle and meditative, prayerfully sink into this exsultet by Ryan Clouse which is accompanied by a great video with the words and is perfect to use without a lit candle as the video shows one. At YouTube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNdbTcVfnWA
For a more traditional Exsultet here are two Youtube links. The first one at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyEAsiDjFP4 is in English with the music and words. The second one is a splendid version in Latin from the Vatican Basilica at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kym7UbUDdyc