The Lenten Season is soon coming to an end. This season commenced during Ash Wednesday on 6 March 2019 and will end on Easter, 21 April. This season is marked by prayer, alms-giving, and abstinence (depriving / restraining oneself from indulging in something that one really likes).

On 17 April 2019, during the school assembly, the children were told about the Holy Week, and the significance of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter.

The Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, when Jesus entered the Holy city and the people welcomed Him joyfully while waving their palms. After a few days, he was plotted to be killed. When Jesus finished praying at the garden of Gethsemane, he was taken away by the soldiers after being identified by His disciple, Judas Iscariot, in exchange for some silver coins. Jesus was beaten, stripped off his clothes, and crowned with thorns. The following day, he was condemned to death. He was made to carry a cross which burdened him as it bore the weight of the sins of mankind. Simon of Cyrene helped him to carry the cross. Upon reaching Golgotha, Jesus was crucified and He died. His body was taken by Joseph of Arimathea and Jesus’ body was laid  in the tomb. After 3 days, He resurrected and we celebrate Easter.

During the school assembly, the main highlight was when the 12 boys from the K2 classes were asked to sit on stage. Different teachers took turns to wash their feet. They were interviewed after the activity. They said that they felt good about the experience. It was explained to the children that Jesus’ example of washing the feet sends a message of humility and service. He has set an example to His disciples to wash one another’s feet and be of service to others. This is our calling as followers of Jesus.

The children were asked to sing songs for Easter, both in English and Chinese. Sr Eugene played the piano for them.

Before the end of the assembly, the children were encouraged to look forward to the day when we celebrate Jesus’s resurrection from  the dead.

The Holy Week is an important event in the Catholic church because it was through the Passion of Christ that we were all saved.

It is good that the children were made aware of the story of Jesus’ sacrifice for all mankind.

Written by: Ms Eden

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