Were you there? Reflections for Holy Week

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Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

This leaflet, produced by St Beuno's Outreach in the Diocese of Wrexham, provides readings and reflections for each day in Holy Week.

Follow the regular reflection sheets with This Sunday

In New Testament Greek, the word for ‘holy’ is hagios, meaning ‘set apart, reverent, sacred, and worthy of veneration’. Throughout this Holy Week, then, we may want to set some time apart to be with Jesus as he lives his Passion. Our reflections are built around the well known Afro-American spiritual, ‘Were you there when they crucified my Lord?’.

You can find several recordings of the song online.

Here are some other suggestions you may like to use during this week to help you be even closer to Jesus:

Find an extra ten minutes in your day, perhaps early in the morning and ponder: it’s Holy Week.

Copy short phrases or one-liners from the Scripture texts of the daily reflections and stick them on your fridge door or your car dashboard. Change them each day.

Change your phone ring tone to ‘Were you there when they crucified my Lord?’

Put Lenten graphics and the words ‘Were you there …?’ on your computer or phone.

Every time you’re reminded of Holy Week, send a short prayer to the Lord, and tell him how much you want to be there to support him.

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