Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Holy Week

It has been a while since I've written on my blogsite.  Holy Week is here.  There's a lot of things to do during Holy Week.  We've been preparing for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and for the Easter Vigil.  After Easter Vigil, each community has an agape.  The Easter Vigil takes about six or seven hours, so a lot of time and preparation goes into it.  The community I am walking with is having roast turkey and lamb for agape.  Also, Easter Announcement is tonight at the Barrigada Church. 

All these celebrations are done with great care and dignity. Also, we always begin the preparations with prayer.  Even when making the bread to be used for the Eucharist, we begin with prayer.


  1. I see that you are so faithful to the structure of the way? So answer this since you are so well versed...what is more important, the celebration of the Eucharist or the washing of the feet within the communities? Why do I ask, surprisingly, a few seminarians left the Eucharistic celebration Last Night right after the washing of the feet. They didn't wait for the Concecration!

  2. Dear Anonymous,

    First of all, I am faithful to God rather than the Way. The celebration of the Eucharist is more important because the Eucharist is the culmination of all the sacraments. That is why I attend the celebration of the Eucharist in the Church FIRST and then go to the celebration of the Washing of the Feet in the home afterwards.

    As a matter of fact, the Team Catechists announced at the Easter announcement to attend the Mass in the Church first before going to the home celebration. The home celebration does not have the Eucharist. Catholic teaching tells us not to judge our brothers and sisters. This is the same teaching we are told in the Way, so why are you judging those few seminarians who left the Eucharistic celebration? Do you know the reasons they left early?

    1. The fact remains, they left. It was not one, two, three, four, but more. A picture paints a thousand words so quit being in denial and covering up for their mistakes. BTW laughing seminarian was at it again. Last night and today! Caught on camera again. We are watching!

  3. "Do you know the reasons they left early?"
    Exactly how I felt like responding. None of us knows exactly why they had to leave so it is easier to draw conclusions but it is unfair to them because they are unable to defend themselves on this blog. Anonymous is trying to conclude the notion that the NCW does not recognize the Real Presence of Eucharist and thus sees no importance in the Consecration.
    I would like to share that I have never seen the utmost reverence for the Eucharist as is displayed in the NCW Celebration. What am I trying to say? All the celebrations that I have been to within the NCW communities, I have seen people who at the moment of consecration are truly reflecting on the miracle that is present.
    On another note, indeed the our catechists encouraged us to partake in the regular parish celebrations on top of the celebrations within the communities, so most if not all members of the NCW have now experienced every day, two celebrations. This is the beauty of the NCW, we are not separating ourselves but instead we are going back for seconds, because it was that good.
    It consoles me to know that Pope Francis continues to encourage the NCW in their mission, this gives me the greatest consolation to know that despite the persecution and rejection, the Holy Father continue to give us courage in what we do.