Holy Week from the archives

April 3, 2023 in News

Podcast interviews from the Religious News Network (RNN) Archives provide space for contemplation and reflection as we enter Holy Week. Paddy Greene SJ encourages listeners to walk with Jesus as he asks, “What’s the first thing you would do if you were betrayed by your closest friends?” Piaras Jackson SJ reflects on the significance of the Easter Triduum and how it links into the season of Lent. Plus more.

As we stand at the threshold of another Holy Week, many still struggle with the idea that Jesus had to die for our sins as a sacrifice to appease a wrathful God. Franciscan theology offers an alternative, non-violent, atonement theory that has never been deemed heretical. This theory states that Jesus did not come to change the mind of God about humanity, he came to change the mind of humanity about God. This latter theory means a lot to Pat Coyle, Spiritual Director and Director of Irish Jesuit Communications Click here to listen »

Contemplating Holy Week

Here Paddy Greene SJ looks at how Jesus must have felt when his teachings of universal love were being challenged by Church officials. How it must have caused him to question what he was doing, but then how his vision on Mount Tabor convinced him that he really was preaching God’s word of love. Click here to listen ».

Holy Week as a time of service

For Fr Michael McCullagh, spiritual director in Maynooth University, Holy Week and Lent are a time when we’re walking in the footsteps of the Lord. Here he talks us through the time from Ash Wednesday to Holy week, looking in particular at Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. He explains to Miriam Gormally that Lent and Holy Week are a time of service. Click here to listen ».

Easter Triduum

Piaras Jackson SJ explained to Eileen Good the significance of the Easter Triduum and how it links in to the season of Lent. Lent is a time when we are meant to prepare for the celebration of Easter in a prayerful and reflective way. As we approach Good Friday many people will go along to participate in the Liturgy in order to engage with Jesus as he faced his final journey to the Cross. Click here to listen ».