During this week, liturgies for each Year group were presented by school Chaplain Emily McDonald-Romero assisted by senior pupils and staff reflecting on the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. ‘We are now in the fifth week of Lent and next Sunday, Palm Sunday, we mark the start of Holy Week. We remember Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, and recall how Jesus entered into suffering so we could share in his glory” explained Emily in her introduction to the Liturgy.
Pupils viewed videos from various scenes of the Passion, accompanied by ‘Reflective Readings’ from senior staff and scripture readings from Head Boy Charlie Shorrock and Head Girl Heli Bhakta, together with deputies Adam Newton, Lucy Simpkin and Georgia Walkden-Fenerty.
The liturgies continued with selected senior pupils bringing slowly forward a large cross and carefully placing it on a stand at the front of the hall while solemn music played.
Deputy Head Boy Adam Newton together with Mr Botes, as Jesus, read ‘The Passion’ according to Matthew, with the crowd responses from staff echoing around the hall.
Headteacher Mr Hubbard, gave a concluding reflection to each Liturgy, emphasising that the last 12 months have been a time of great difficulty and sadness. We all may have our own cross to carry in life, however difficult it can be to carry, suffering and despair can never the end of the story. In our Liturgy we have witnessed Jesus’ suffering and death but what follows for Jesus and for us too, is the new life and joy of Easter
After a closing prayer pupils left the liturgy quietly as reflective music played.
Lenten Liturgies provide pupil preparation for Holy Week and have given a rare opportunity for all our pupils to gather together, take time to reflect on the Passion and to mark the end of our Lenten journey and mark the start of Holy Week.