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During our holidays we will celebrate the three holiest days in the Christian calendar. Over the following weeks we must remember that Easter is not just one day. It is a whole season of 50 days which will last until Pentecost. Easter time is about new life. We rejoice in the new life of Jesus. We rejoice that all of us are nourished by the life of God whenever we share in the Easter sacrament of the Eucharist.
Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, one week before Easter Sunday. It commemorates the day when Jesus entered Jerusalem in triumph; laying down palm leaves and olive branches which were a sign on kingship. On Holy Thursday we acknowledge the final actions of Jesus before the dramatic events of Good Friday. Jesus calls his disciples for the Final Supper. These actions are still celebrated today and are the origins of the Mass.
Then on Good Friday there are no expressions of joy but rather a recognition of sorry and commemorating the death of Jesus in the Passion of Jesus written in the Gospels.
On Easter Sunday we celebrate Christ’s resurrection from the dead and marks the end of Holy Week, the end of Lent, the last day of the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday), and is the beginning of the Easter season of the liturgical year.
As we know from the Gospels, Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day following his crucifixion, which would be Sunday. His resurrection marks the triumph of good over evil, sin and death. It is the singular event which proves that those who trust in God and accept Christ will be raised from the dead.
Since Easter represents the fulfilment of God’s promises to mankind, it is the most important holiday on the Christian calendar. As part of preparing for this celebration, all students from Years 7-12 attended Reconciliation Services where they were encouraged to attend to receive the Sacrament of Individual Reconciliation. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Fr Frank for leading the services with the assistance of Fr Cantamessa and serval priests from the local parishes including: Fr Pearce, Fr Tanti, Fr Varengo, Fr Magri, Fr Peter and Fr Papworth.
We wish all of our families a safe, happy and Holy Easter
Assistant principal – Faith and Mission