On Tuesday and Wednesday, every class commemorated Holy Week by participating in a Holy Week Prayer Room. It combined prayer, song, actions, listening and silence to reflect on the final days of Jesus' life, his suffering and death. The prayerful reflection engaged students in key events of Holy Week in different ways:
- Classes began by watching a video that retold the key events that they would be reflecting on
- Students engaged in the crowd's reaction to Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday through taking on their role in actions and song
- The Last Supper was retold and modelled, focusing on the key actions of breaking and sharing bread and wine
- Teachers used Scripture and Catholic Tradition Storytelling to focus students on Jesus' prayer and arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane
- Classes solemnly recalled Jesus' crucifixion on Good Friday through silent and spoken prayer, and song
- Finally, each student received a cross which they could colour, cut out and keep as a reminder of the commemoration.
Holy Week leads us to the most important feast in the Church's year - the Easter celebration of Jesus' resurrection from the dead. By dying on the cross, Jesus reconciled the world to God and offered the gift of eternal life to all. We invite you to participate in the Easter celebrations in your local Church community.