Holy Week – known from earliest times also as The Great Week, gains pace tomorrow, Thursday, 17th April. Thursday of this week, widely known as Holy Thursday, is called, in the Church of Ireland, Maundy Thursday (Maundy – mandatum – the command/mandate of Jesus to us to be servants of each other, as he showed by washing the disciples’ feet).
It is a tradition that lay people from the parishes of the Diocese gather with the Bishop and clergy at St Fachtna’s Cathedral, Rosscarbery for the blessing of the oils: the holy oils which are used in service by the Church in pastoral care and liturgy in the year ahead. Also at the Service, before the holy Triduum (the three holy days ahead) begin with the evening liturgies of the day, all are invited to renew their commitment to Christian Service and ministry.
Afterwards everyone in the congregation is invited to accept the Bishop’s invitation to a light lunch which is being arranged by the local branch of the Mothers’ Union.