St Pius X Parish-Raiwaqa celebrated Holy Week this year with an invitation to reflect on the Lord’s Passion. It opened on Palm Sunday when everyone brought and waved their palms and praised the entrance of the humble King saying, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna to the highest!”
The day the Lord Jesus Christ instituted the Eucharist; he shared a meal with his friends--before he was betrayed for exactly 30 pieces of silver. After the meal, he did something that caught his disciples by surprise--the Washing of the Feet. This particular part of our celebration invites us to reflect on our call "to service for others". Jesus has shown us the perfect example--his own life and ministry--and he's inviting us all to do the same...always. We thank the 12 volunteers who gave their time to participate in this wonderful liturgy.
The parish youth and children brought the Stations of the Cross to life by acting it out before the congregation. This brought the parishioners who attended that blessed morning into deep reflection on the Lord's passion and death. Some were even moved to tears. Then, everyone came back at three o'clock in the afternoon to honour Jesus Christ with a ceremony fit for a high priest--the Veneration of the Cross.
After some silence of hearts and prayer, the parish gathered once again at nine o'clock in the evening to welcome a new beginning. The vigil is divided into four parts: Service of Light, Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of Baptism, and Liturgy of the Eucharist. After lighting the Paschal candle, Fr Tom Rouse together with our Parish Priest Fr John McEvoy, processed the candle into the church where everybody was waiting patiently to light their candles. Then the Easter water was blessed. We also welcomed three new members of the Church: Kelera, Verina and Petero through baptism, confirmation, later holy communion. Afterwards, the faithful were blessed with water and all renewed their baptismal vows.
The celebration ended with a glorious heart proclaiming that the Lord has risen. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!