Archbishop Eamon Martin encourages prayers for peace during Holy Week and Easter

22 Mar, 2024 | Bishops, Church, News

As Holy Week begins this Sunday, Palm Sunday, leading to the high point of the Church calendar, Easter Sunday, Archbishop Martin said, “I invite everyone to find some time for prayer and reflection as we enter into Holy week – a deeply spiritual week from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.  We journey alongside Jesus, who entered Jerusalem to the crowds singing ‘Hosanna’, but who, within days, faced an angry mob shouting ‘crucify him; crucify him’!

“This year in particular, as we journey through Holy Week with our Suffering Saviour we are conscious of immense calamity and pain in so many parts of our world – especially in Gaza, Israel and Ukraine – and of the urgent need for an end to violence and war.

“Christians mark Holy Week as Muslims continue their holy month of Ramadan, and as Jews prepare for the celebration of Passover.  There is no better time for people of all faith traditions to unite in a great cry for peace, justice, and dignity for all.

“I invite everyone in Ireland to redouble their prayers and efforts this coming week for peace in our world,  including for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.  We are an Easter people which means that we live not only in hope of our own salvation but also in the knowledge of our co-responsibility to protect humanity and to work for the freedom and flourishing of all.  The coming ceremonies of Holy Week and Easter will be celebrated in parishes all across Ireland and I encourage people to make a special effort this year to attend some or all of these, linking ourselves with the suffering of Jesus and connecting our prayers with the reality of ongoing suffering in the world today.”

“The resurrection of Jesus Christ reminds us that violence, hatred and division do not conquer, but that the last word belongs to the ‘King of Love’ who gave his life for us on Calvary.  He is Risen!” Archbishop Martin said.

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