Remembering the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ is of paramount importance to all of us as Christians, and this year we doing this in unfamiliar circumstances; but God is not limited by walls, or any other physical restrictions – He will draw near to us as we draw near to Him.
The Pope’s message ahead of Holy Week
You can read the transcript of this message in English HERE.
Letter from Bishop Marcus
Bishop Marcus has written a letter to the faithful entitled HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CELEBRATIONS OF HOLY WEEK, SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASS WHEN REMAINING AT HOME DURING THE COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC (2nd April 2020).
In his letter, Bishop Marcus gives helpful advice on how to participate at home, giving practical tips and spiritual guidance. He notes: ‘Whether we are taking part in a liturgy online or in person in a Church, our “fully conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations” requires us to foster both an internal and external participation. Our participation is not really about us ‘doing things’ in the liturgy but means that we need to engage both our minds and hearts in the celebration. We are body and spirit; the expression of our love for God therefore will always be manifest in our worship of Him, both in our words and our actions.’
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There are many ways we can join in with Easter Services, Mass or reflections, whether on TV, on the radio or online. Here are a few of them:
Services on the TV and Radio
Saturday 11th April
Easter From King’s at 7pm BBC Two sees music and readings from the fan-vaulted Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, with the world-famous choir singing some of the best-loved choral music for the season.
Easter – Sunday, 12th April
A special edition of Sunday Worship, with an Easter service coming from Bangor Cathedral in Wales, led by the Dean of Bangor, the Very Reverend Kathy Jones on BBC One.
Cardinal Nichols will hold Easter Sunday Mass which will be on all BBC Local Radio at 8.10am
Urbi et Orbi – Pope Francis gives Easter Message live from Rome at 11am, BBC One.
Music for Hope, a performance by Andrea Bocelli, will be available to stream live on his YouTube channel at 6pm, YouTube
Leeds Cathedral services are HERE
For lots more useful resources and website links for Mass and Prayer Resources see our page HERE