Holy Week and Easter





Many of our people will be aware of their Easter Duties – to receive Holy Communion during the Easter Season and by custom to celebrate the Sacrament of reconciliation beforehand. As it is not possible for the faithful to receive Holy Communion at this time and into the future weeks, the Bishops of England and Wales have dispensed the Easter Duties for the year 2020.

The Bishops have asked that all should make a Perfect Act of Contrition at this time – that is true and real sorrow for sins when we realise the immense love of God for us. We express this contrition when we realise how we offended God by our sinful words, deeds and omissions in contrast to his immeasurable love and mercy that he continually shows us.

The Act of Contrition that has been suggested for use is as follows:

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy. Amen.

Bishop Alan Hopes

March 2020.





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