As Lent continued into the first week of April, assemblies at Notre Dame focused on the Passion of Jesus.
Each year, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday. These weeks are some of the most important in the calendar of the Catholic Church. For many centuries, the fifth Sunday in Lent (Sunday April 7 in 2019) was known as Passion Sunday. This marked the start of Passiontide. Here at Notre Dame, we commemorated the Passion and prepared for the miracle of Easter with a week of Passiontide services.
The Passion (from the Latin passionem, meaning suffering or enduring) refers to the final period in the life of Jesus. Our Passiontide services focused on the Stations of the Cross, which recall the mental and physical wounds Jesus suffered between his trial before Pontius Pilate and his crucifixion on Good Friday. A group of staff and students re-enacted elements of his last journey. Readings and prayers were interspersed with beautiful but solemn hymns and music. Those listening did so respectfully, and left each service in quiet reflection.
The student who played the role of Jesus said, ‘It has been amazing to actualise one of the most important parts of the Christian calendar, bringing this story to life.’