Our Lady Queen of Martyrs
Roman Catholic Church Hereford
HOLY THURSDAY – 18th April.
(No morning mass.)
Mass of the Lords supper.
Followed by watching at the
altar of repose till 10.00pm.
GOOD FRIDAY – 19th April.
10.30am Ecumenical Walk of
Witness – Hereford Town Ctr.
12.00noon Stations of the
3.00pm Good Friday Service.
HOLY SATURDAY – 20TH April.
(No morning mass.)
9.30am – 10.30am. Confessions.
11.00am & 11.15am Polish
Language – Blessing of Bread service.
8.00pm Easter Vigil Mass
EASTER SUNDAY – 21st April.
4.00pm Polish Language Mass.
SUNDAY MASSES - 9.30AM/11.30AM/6.30PM.
- 21st APRIL 2018.
this, the second-to-the-last week of the Church year, Jesus has finally
made it to Jerusalem. Near to His passion and death, He gives us a
teaching of hope—telling us how it will be when He returns again in
glory. Today’s Gospel is taken from the end of a long discourse in
which He describes tribulations the likes of which haven’t been seen
“since the beginning of God’s creation” He describes what amounts to a
dissolution of God’s creation, a “devolution” of the world to its
original state of formlessness and void. First, human community—nations
and kingdoms—will break down. Then the earth will stop yielding food
and begin to shake apart (13:8). Next, the family will be torn apart
from within and the last faithful individuals will be persecuted
(13:9–13). Finally, the Temple will be desecrated, the earth emptied of
God’s presence (13:14). In today’s reading, God is described putting
out the lights that He established in the sky in the very beginning—the
sun, the moon and the stars. Into this “uncreated” darkness, the Son of
Man, in whom all things were made, will come. Jesus has already told us
that the Son of Man must be humiliated and killed. Here He describes
His ultimate victory, using royal-divine images drawn from the Old
Testament—clouds, glory, and angels. He shows Himself to be the
fulfillment of all God’s promises to save “the elect,” the faithful
remnant IN today’s First Reading tells us, this salvation will include
the bodily resurrection of those who sleep in the dust. We are to watch
for this day, when His enemies are finally made His footstool, as
today’s Epistle envisions. We can wait in confidence knowing, as we
pray in today’s Psalm, that we will one day delight at His right hand