• image1 St.Mary Magdalen's RC Church 6 Athenaeum Road, London N20 9AE
  • image2 St.Mary Magdalen's RC Church 6 Athenaeum Road, London N20 9AE
  • image3 St.Mary Magdalen's RC Church 6 Athenaeum Road, London N20 9AE

Holy Week 2019


An Introduction to Holy Week


Celebrating the Pascal Mystery is the high point of the Christian year.  It begins with Christ’s entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and the reading of the Passion.  The rest of the week becomes a daily meditation on those events – as if in slow motion.


The last three days – The TRIDUUM – have liturgies which celebrate in a dramatic way the gifts and graces we receive from Christ’s Passion and Resurrection – the Eucharist, the command to love and serve, the forgiveness of sins through His sacrificial death on the cross, the triumph of light and life with our sharing through baptism in His resurrection - and finally Easter, the feast of feasts – the Passover of God.


This Holy Week is an invitation to all Catholics to set aside time to celebrate these events.  Good Friday is a day of universal fasting and abstinence from meat.  Fasting is obligatory for all who are 14 and older, in good health and have not yet reached their 60th birthday.  Fasting allows a person to eat one full meal.  Two smaller meals may be taken, not equal to one full meal.  Abstinence (from meat) is obligatory for all who have reached their 14th year.  Most Fridays in the year are obligatory days of complete abstinence (from meat) for all who are over 14 years old.  It is also a call to us to prepare by celebrating the Sacrament of Penance (going to Confession), so that we can in a real and sacramental way receive the fruits of the mercy that flow from the cross and be more open to the Risen Life of Christ.

Saturday - 13th April
9:30am Mass
10:00am - 11:00am
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Sacrament of Penance (Confessions)
5:15pm Stations of the Cross
First Mass of Palm Sunday
Confessions during Mass (Fr Noel Travers)
Palm Sunday - 14th April
9:00am Mass

Gather for the blessing of palms at

‘The Whetstone’ followed by procession

from the High Street to the Church

11:00am Solemn Mass with Children’s Liturgy
4:00pm Mass in Polish
Monday in Holy Week - 15th April
9:30am Mass
10:00am - 10:30am Confessions
Tuesday in Holy Week - 16th April
12:00 noon Chrism Mass at Westminster Cathedral
6:00pm Mass followed by Confessions
Wednesday in Holy Week - 17th April
9.30am Mass
10:00am - 10:30am
7.00pm Stations of the Cross
Maundy Thursday - 18th April
12:00pm - 12:30pm Confessions
8.00pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Followed by procession to the Altar of Repose, and Stripping of Altars.

The Church will be open until Midnight for prayer at the Altar of Repose.


(On Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday the car park

to the right of the church can be used at service times free of charge)

10:00am Stations of the Cross for Children
11:00 – 11:30am
Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord
6:00pm Stations of the Cross

(Maria Desolata) and Veneration of the Relic of the

True Cross with Devotions on the Guitar by Jonathan Byrd.

Holy Saturday - 20th April
11:00am – 12:00pm Confessions
Please note, no Mass at 9.30am or 6.00pm
8:00pm Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter

The Church regards the Easter Vigil as the most important celebration of the year,

and urges her people to try to take part.

Easter Sunday - 21st April
11:00am (sung Mass)
4:00pm Mass in Polish
Tuesday 23rd – Friday 26th April
9:30am Mass
This Friday is not a Fast Day
Saturday - 27th April (Please note no Confessions today)
9:30 Mass
6:00pm First Mass of Sunday
Sunday - 28th April
4:00pm Mass in Polish
Forty Hours Devotion
Ascension Thursday 30th May – Sunday 2nd June


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