Holy Week and Easter

On Easter Sunday, by invitation the City and of the Duomo cathedral of Milan, Italian global music icon Andrea Bocelli gave a solo performance representing a message of love, healing and hope to the world.      You can see the recorded concert here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=huTUOek4LgU&feature=emb_title    Download the hymn sheet and sing along here:  https://AndreaBocelli.lnk.to/Hymnsheet


Right: An Easter sunflower?!

Left: Cross in Jenny Austen’s garden

Centre:  Sue Hollingworth’s Easter wreath – the flowers are paper as there are no white flowers in her garden!


Left: Cross in Michael and Carol Sparrow’s garden

Far right:  Easter candle at Holy Spirit church

Right:Easter morning sunrise over Dale Road



It is good sometimes not to read but to  listen to someone reading to us.  They can bring out meanings we had never noticed before.

‘Reading Matthew in Lent’ is a series of simple podcasts prepared for the Lent, offering a daily reading from St Matthew’s Gospel from Ash Wednesday to Easter Monday.                But it is never to late to start!



No services in church, no walk to the Cross so instead I took to the internet……I found helpful the Good Friday Meditation on Radio 4 and  googled  two of the things mentioned that interested me:  the modern stained glass window at St Martin’s in the Fields, Trafalgar Square and Salvador Dali’s ‘Christ of St John of the Cross’ which both offer scope for reflection.

A message from Fr Bill, our Churches Together chair on Good Friday

Greetings to Members and Friends from the various Churches together in Marple / Mellor and District on this Good Friday 2020. It is regrettable that we will not be able to come together later for our Walk of Witness, to the Cross on Cobden Edge. We will be able to recall the joy that we all felt last year, with unprecedented crowds making the Good Friday Walk of witness in brilliant sunshine to the Cross.

This  Good Friday is best described as the Long Good Friday, for Months now the signs of this present Pandemic have been on the horizon. Jesus’ Good Friday was likewise a long time in the making. The thing that both have in common is suffering,  Jesus is treated as a King on Palm Sunday, but as the Feast of Passover approaches, the circumstances surrounding his life become more and more uncertain. The same is the case for so many who find themselves in hospital with Covid 19, at the start of this week they were well, now in many cases they are alone, frightened, and making their own Good Friday journey of pain and suffering, Calvary is a distant and challenging goal.

While we cannot gather in Public to have our Walk of Witness, it is vitally important that we gather as Individuals and Family around Live Streaming in our homes to share the Good Friday Passion and Death of Our Saviour. In this way we are enabled to experience the compassion that Jesus on his Good Friday Journey, extended to all those who encountered him in his time of Suffering. We need as believers at this time to be the voices that echo hope, amidst the endless cries of pain, suffering and grief that has gripped our communities.

I wish you all in Marple area Churches Together, a blessed and joyous Easter, and may the Lord keep us all safe in the Palm of His Hand, until we meet again.

Fr Bill Fitzgerald. Chair.

A message from Paul Beatty I received on Maundy Thursday that may be of interest to some of you :   I have some material suitable for on line use. One is a collection The Holy Week monologues that Derek Davidson recorded from a script I wrote. They were also recorded on a CD and the text was published by The Church in the Market Place publications. The copyright remains with me.      I have put MP3 versions of the monologues up on my website  at https://www.paulcwbeattyauthor.co.uk/    They are visible from the main navigation page and there is a player that allows people to play individual monologues day-by-day or the complete set at one sitting.

There are printed copies of the monologues available from me with individual CDs, for £2.50. I propose to donate the proceeds from any sold while the current Coronavirus crisis persists to ALL WE CAN.


This is the story of Holy Week told through 100 paintings, ranging from Ancient Rome to Contemporary Art. We hope this video may bring some joy amidst the pandemic turmoil we find ourselves in.

“Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you, all things are passing away: God Never changes” – St Teresa of Avila

Watch the video here:      https://christianart.today/easter.php


In an unprecedented move, Church leaders from Britain and Ireland have produced a united statement in response to  the Corvid-19 pandemic. 

The statement is supported by churches in membership of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, along with Churches Together in England, Cytûn, ACTS and the Irish Council of Churches.


St Thomas Mellor’s booklet for prayer each day during Holy Week. https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=830FFE5DC9BDBF7C!13207&authkey=!AO8_MMH7asH6aqg&ithint=file%2cpdf&e=AFK3fL

This is a booklet for all ages to help us journey together through Holy Week.  Each day you are invited either as an individual or with family and friends to journey day by day through the events of the last week of Jesus’ life.

This week Tracy is using this for her daily prayer at 10 am and 7 pm https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUI_VQEoL1RHcxOlXq8DmhA

All Saints’ video reflections at 8 pm Monday Tuesday and Wednesday

    https://www.facebook.com/pg/allsaintsmarple/videos/  If you watch live you don’t need a FACEBOOK account to 

Also Daily Reflection to read    MONDAY REFLECTION

HOLY SPIRIT MARPLE    offers prayer especially for this time of the corona virus based on the STATIONS OF THE CROSS  in the church.   Stations 2020



Michael and Carol Sparrow  have placed this cross in their
front garden, and invite the neighbours and any others to pin prayers to it. They  will decorate it on Easter day.   They offer it as suggestion that maybe others might like to do something similar. 

We gather virtually these days, with virtual palms and virtual cries of praise. Virtual cloaks we scatter underfoot to greet the Son of David whom we long to meet.

Two metres wide (at least) the Covid social distancing that separates the would-be members of the crowd as we avoid quite gathering to greet him sanitised, clean-handed at the city gate.

But there is nothing virtual about the Prince of Peace, subverting all our violent dreams of glory with his choice of gentle cross-marked beast to humbly carry him to Zion for the Feast.

Nothing virtual either in the bonds that link us all today in honouring the ones who risk their lives to make us well; in worrying for the elders home alone; in understanding pressures hid behind closed doors.

Communion, then, is this: this web of praying, caring, picking up the phone, dropping round some food, sharing (at safe distance) smiles and tears, this swopping words of hope for fears.

This is what we celebrate on Sundays in more normal times. This is what our breaking bread and sharing cup proclaims: that the Easter Lord still comes to share our little feast, comes even through locked doors with words of peace.

Rob Esdaile               Thanks to ICN ( Independent Catholic News) website for this

THY KINGDOM COME          Palm Sunday activities for all

In preparation for Palm Sunday, how about making a cross from paper, card or whatever material you can find and place it in your window. Or you could cut out the shape of a cross in a piece of paper which could be backlit by a spotlight, a torch or even a lamp on Saturday (4th April) evening onwards?

Both serve as a sign you are journeying into Holy Week and as a witness to those around us. This is something suitable for all the family especially if you have children. Feel free to share pictures of your crosses on social media too.

And if you need any more child-friendly activities, why not watch this wonderful animation on Palm Sunday  (https://vimeo.com/59691514) or follow this activity sheet from Engage Worship complete with Bible readings, song ideas and prayer points? https://mcusercontent.com/18e8eab990ad0445d3b3aacf9/images/5e17dc42-06d3-4385-a087-54e668cf7bc6.jpg

On Friday night Pope Francis sent a message to us all for the start of Holy Week
The translation written underneath can be read at leisure on https://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/39281

View Page