This Holy Week, Teddington Parish is offering daily reflections and images from the 2018 pilgrimage to the Holy Land:
Easter Sunday: At sunrise over the Sea of Galilee, 'Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, Mary, Mary Magdalene and Salome were on their way to the tomb. “Who will roll the stone away?” they asked each other. But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away.'
Holy Saturday: 'The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment (Luke 23, 55-56).'
Good Friday: On the shore of the Sea of Galilee, 'It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. The people stayed there watching him, the leaders jeered at him and the soldiers mocked him. Some women, his friends from Galilee, looked on at a distance.'
Maundy Thursday: At St Peter in Gallicantu church, Jerusalem, 'Peter said: “I do not know the man”. Immediately the cock crowed. And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times”. And he went out and wept bitterly.'
Wednesday: At the Garden of Gethsemane, 'Then Jesus went with the disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them: “Sit here while I go yonder and pray“. Going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed: “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me”.'
Tuesday: At the fig tree, 'In the morning, as Jesus was returning to the city, He was hungry. Seeing a tree by the wayside he went to it, and found nothing but leaves only. And He said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!”'
Monday: Viewing Jerusalem from the Jesus Flevit church, 'And when Jesus drew near and saw the city he wept over it, saying: “Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace! But now they are hid from your eyes”.'
Palm Sunday: 'At Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments on it; and he sat upon it. Many spread their garments on the road, and others spread leafy branches which they had cut from the fields.'