Christians began to Cross themselves as early as 200 AD by tracing a small cross on their foreheads. Over time, variant practices emerged as Christians began making larger crosses over items and themselves.
Apart from the Mass, the rosary is perhaps the most wellknown Catholic prayer. We pray the rosary while waiting for Mass to begin, when we are travelling, when we pray together as a family or neighbourhood group and when we gather at a funeral wake.
Advent is not a season of making resolutions as we would for the beginning of a calendar year, but it is about watching and guarding our hearts for Jesus.
At the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the symbolic action of the washing of the feet (also called mandatum), contains many layers of significance. The principal and traditional meaning of the Holy Thursday mandatum is the biblical injunction of Christian charity: Christ’s disciples are to love one another, thus the mandatum ritualises this action of Christ.
Good Friday as we all know is the day when Christians ob-serve the commemoration of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. And we also believe Jesus died on Good Friday. It was His death day. But Good Friday must not only remain a death day, it must be connected to Easter, which symbolises the loving response of the Father to the obedient Son and of Christ’s victory and power over death.
There have been questions from the faithful about the varied practices or forms of Adoration of the Cross on Good Friday. This discussion will hope to bring about better understanding and appreciation of the liturgy on the day we commemorate Christ's death on the Cross for us.
The Vigil Mass of Holy Saturday is the culmination of the Church's liturgical calendar having come through the season of Lent and Holy Week. The Church recalls for herself this foundational moment in the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, her Lord and Master.
For us Christians, Eastertide is to live with the joyful spirit and conviction of the resurrection of Jesus. It is to have that hope against all odds, to trust in the power of the resurrection, and to glorify the Lord in all that we encounter.