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Daily Prayer for Holy Week

The death and resurrection of the Lord is not a past event we re-enact through the tableaus of Holy Week. Rather, it is a dynamic mystery that plays out in the holy chaos of our lives. We prepare for the wedding and lose the parent; nurture the child when abandoned by the spouse; get the job and lose the friend. Life is Holy Week, in all its unpredictability. Eucharist and betrayals are not antonyms. Similarly, imagination is not an escape from life but a divine gift that helps us construct an Easter Sunday that “Last Supper Tuesday” anticipates in all its fragile hope.  –Fr Edward Foley, from Give us this Day. Daily Prayers for Today’s Catholic,  April 2017 © 2017 by the Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota. p.143

Holy Week is the culmination of the Lent ‘retreat’ time. This resource provides some suggestions for daily prayer for individuals and groups during Holy Week.  DOWNLOAD >


5-week Lenten Program

Opening Our Hearts and Minds
This free and accessible Lenten resource is ideal for parish/school groups or for anyone seeking some personal reflection time. Each weekly reflection follows three simple steps (Be Still > Gospel > Respond). Suggested songs for each week are also provided below --- all you need to do is press play!

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross is an opportunity to enter into a meditation upon Jesus’ final journey to the Cross, and to reflect on how we follow in Jesus’ path in our own lives. This booklet contains a scriptural approach to the Stations, based upon Matthew’s gospel.

Project Compassion 2017

Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal is an extraordinary, ongoing demonstration of the faith, love and generosity of the Catholic congregation and caring supporters throughout Australia to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.

Project Compassion demonstrates how love for our neighbours can transform lives this year.

Starting on Ash Wednesday, 1st March, we are sharing stories from people in Philippines, Timor Leste, Indigenous Australia, Vietnam, and Fiji. Their stories humble and inspire us, and show how your contributions to Project Compassion help people build better lives for themselves, their families and their communities.

Sample Prayers of Intercession

Prayers of the Faithful

In the Universal Prayer or Prayer of the Faithful, the people respond in some sense to the Word of God which they have received in faith and, exercising the office of their baptismal priesthood, offer prayer to God for the salvation of all. It is desirable that there usually be such a form of prayer in Masses celebrated with the people, so that petitions may be offered for the holy Church, for those who govern with authority over us, for those weighed down by various needs, for all humanity, and for the salvation of the whole world.  (General Instruction to the Roman Missal, n.67). 

  • Sundays of Lent. DOWNLOAD > 
  • Holy Thursday - Night Prayer: Concluding the Evening Watch. DOWNLOAD >
  • ANZAC Day - Prayers of Intercession. DOWNLOAD >



More Resources from around Australia

A round-up of Lenten resources available from various dioceses in Australia. Suitable for group and personal reflection. They can also be adapted for use by school teachers and catechists.
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