There are so many aspects to this evening’s rich liturgy: the washing of the feet, which here in the monastery takes place before Mass, when the Prioress, representing Christ, washes the feet of her sisters; the commemoration of the last supper Jesus shared with his disciples, giving us forever his body and blood “on the same night he was betrayed” (2nd Reading, 1.Cor. 11:23-26); the transfer of the Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose, reminding us that, after the supper, Jesus went out to Gethsemane where Judas completed his betrayal with a kiss. As we “watch and pray” until midnight, reflection gives way to silent adoration.
Holy Week Liturgies
If you are living in London and would like to attend the Holy week services at Carmel,
the times are as follows:
Mass every day at 8.15am except during the Easter Triduum.
(Maundy Thursday) Thursday of the Lord’s Supper – Mass at 5.30pm
Good Friday – Celebration of the Passion of the Lord – 3.00pm
Holy Saturday – the Easter Vigil begins at 9.00pm