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Hope

Easter is a feast of hope. Not because the resurrection is a nice idea for wishful thinkers, but because God’s promise of life and liberty to all who believe is real. We know that God will keep the Divine Promise and grant us life, liberty and healing, even as we live in the shadow of death.

-Br. James Koester, SSJE

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Each day of Holy Week offers a fresh invitation to engage with this most sacred season. Explore our Praying Holy Week resource pages as you journey along the road to Calvary and the Empty Tomb. Praying Holy Week >

Love

This is the profound mystery at the heart of the Christian faith: that we can come to the foot of the cross and bring our hurts and failures, even our greatest pain, and know what it is to be held in God’s love. And then most mysteriously of all, we can experience that pain transfigured by the love of God, and taken up into the resurrection of Christ.

-Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE

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Each day of Holy Week offers a fresh invitation to engage with this most sacred season. Explore our Praying Holy Week resource pages as you journey along the road to Calvary and the Empty Tomb. Praying Holy Week >

Forgiveness

Behind the most heinous of actions is a person who cannot know fully what they are doing or why. If they could, I think it would be otherwise. And from Jesus’ perspective on the cross, this person needs to be forgiven. What Jesus is up to on the cross is forgiveness, his arms opened wide for all, whether or not they ask for it, whether they be friend or neighbor or enemy.

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

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Each day of Holy Week offers a fresh invitation to engage with this most sacred season. Explore our Praying Holy Week resource pages as you journey along the road to Calvary and the Empty Tomb. Praying Holy Week >

Serve

Take up these symbols of the new life: towel and basin and water. Let them be for you a sign of your love for him and your gratitude for all that he has done for you. Let them be for you a pledge of your commitment to serve – not out of duty, but out of love; not to obtain a reward, but to imitate the One who freely and willingly laid down his life for you. You have been called to serve.

-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

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Each day of Holy Week offers a fresh invitation to engage with this most sacred season. Explore our Praying Holy Week resource pages as you journey along the road to Calvary and the Empty Tomb. Praying Holy Week >

Weep

We can look around and see plentiful sorrow, and we may be unable to fix it. We may find no words, no actions, are sufficient to dress the wounds of the world. So, take heart; do not shun your tears. Do not be ashamed or afraid or dismissive of weeping, for tears can be living water.

-Br. Lucas Hall, SSJE

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Each day of Holy Week offers a fresh invitation to engage with this most sacred season. Explore our Praying Holy Week resource pages as you journey along the road to Calvary and the Empty Tomb. Praying Holy Week >

Grace

Most of us have likely found ourselves acting and thinking in ways which are opposite to what we would identify to be “good.” None of us is free of the influence of evil. But our celebration of Jesus’ suffering, death and glorification in this Holy Week provides a sacramental and transformational means to the grace of divine love, which evil can never defeat.  

-Br. Jonathan Maury, SSJE

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Each day of Holy Week offers a fresh invitation to engage with this most sacred season. Explore our Praying Holy Week resource pages as you journey along the road to Calvary and the Empty Tomb. Praying Holy Week >

Pain

Even Jesus in his humanity experienced great anxiety and discomfort at the knowledge of what he would have to undertake in order to fulfill the will of his Father. Perhaps we can take some comfort in that. Jesus is aware that the pathway of healing leading to wholeness is often very difficult and painful before we find relief.

-Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE

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Each day of Holy Week offers a fresh invitation to engage with this most sacred season. Explore our Praying Holy Week resource pages as you journey along the road to Calvary and the Empty Tomb. Praying Holy Week >

Mystery

It is the supreme mystery of our Christian faith we are about to witness this week. Make no mistake about it. The events of Holy Week and Easter are not merely annual reenactments of the tragic events of the life of an important historical personage. This is spiritual mystery on its deepest and most cosmic scale.

-Br. Eldridge Pendleton, SSJE (1940-2015), SSJE

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Each day of Holy Week offers a fresh invitation to engage with this most sacred season. Explore our Praying Holy Week resource pages as you journey along the road to Calvary and the Empty Tomb. Praying Holy Week >

Touch

Imagine for a moment turning toward someone nearby, perhaps someone you don’t know. Maybe, just for a moment, you gently look upon them as the gloriously wounded humans they are. Maybe you glimpse the holes in their hands, their feet, their side. Maybe you lean a little closer, touching their wounds, and in doing so let your own wounds be touched. And then you whisper to your fellow traveler in Christ, “I’m sorry. I’m so very sorry. I just didn’t know. But I am here for you now.”

-Br. Nicholas Bartoli, SSJE

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Judgment

I do believe that our deepest longing is to be challenged by Jesus, to have our hearts turned from stone into flesh. Our deepest longing is to be made holy. In this profound sense we can indeed long for judgment, for to be judged by Jesus is to stand before Jesus naked, just as I am, and receive his loving words of forgiveness – and then to be set free.

-Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE

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