Holy week

Published on 15 March 2021 - 09:38

Starting on Ash Wednesday, 17th February, the Lenten season leads us to the feast of Easter, which celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes calls us to this joy in these times when many people face the future with anxiety. Let us ask the Lord that, through the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes, he may rekindle in us confidence, hope, and peace in our hearts.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us !

For Catholics, Holy Week is the last week of Lent. It begins with Palm Sunday, on 28th March, which commemorates Christ’s solemn entry into Jerusalem. It includes Maundy Thursday, when Jesus instituted the Eucharist during the Last Supper, and Good Friday, the day of Christ’s Passion and death on the Cross. It ends with the Easter Vigil on the night of Holy Saturday to Easter Sunday when the Resurrection of Christ is celebrated. Below are all the times.

Palm Sunday 28th March
10am Mass at the Grotto broadcast on TV Lourdes
11:15 am Mass at the Basilica of Saint Pius X, (no celebration at the Rosary Basilica) broadcast on Lourdes TV
3:00 pm: Rosary at the Grotto in English (TV Lourdes and EWTN)

Maundy Thursday 1st April
8:30 am Office of Tenebrae, Rosary Basilica
3:00 pm: Rosary at the Grotto in English (TV Lourdes and EWTN)
4 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the Basilica of Saint Pius X

Good Friday 2nd April
8:30 am Office of Tenebrae, Rosary Basilica
11 am Stations of the Cross on the esplanade broadcast on TV Lourdes
3 p.m. The Passion, Basilica of Saint Pius X
3:00 pm: Rosary at the Grotto in English (TV Lourdes and EWTN)

Easter Vigil Holy Saturday 3rd April
3:00 pm: Rosary at the Grotto in English (TV Lourdes and EWTN)
9 pm behind closed doors at the Grotto
if the curfew is lifted the celebrations of Maundy Thursday and Maundy Saturday will take place at 9 pm at the Basilica of Saint Pius X

Easter Sunday 4th April
11:15 am Mass, Basilica of Saint-Pius X (no celebration at the Rosary basilic) broadcast on TV Lourdes
3:00 pm: Rosary at the Grotto in English (TV Lourdes and EWTN)
9 pm Marian torchlight procession at the Grotto

Let us pray with Saint Bernadette To place ourselves in the hands of God and prepare our hearts for the joy of Easter, a prayer from Saint Bernadette.

Prayer of a poor beggar to Jesus

“O Jesus give me, I beg you
the bread of humility,
the bread of obedience,
the bread of charity,
the bread of strength to break my will, and mould it to yours,
the bread of interior mortification,
the bread of detachment from creatures,
the bread of patience to bear the sufferings my heart endures.
O Jesus, you want me to be crucified, fiat,
the bread of strength to suffer as I ought,
the bread of seeing you in all things and at all times,
Jesus, Mary, the Cross, I want no other friends but these.”

Prayer of a poor beggar to Jesus – Bernadette Soubirous, Intimate notebook, p. 17.