Lent 2016: Pray - Study - Act
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PRAY: Christ has no body now but yours
STUDY: Reflection for Palm/Passion Sunday
ACT: For Holy Week, take part in at least one of these featured actions from throughout Lent
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Holy Week, March 20-March 27, 2016
  
 

This will be the final Prayer-Study-Action e-bulletin for Lent 2016. For next week, Holy Week, we'll send reflections to you early each morning for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. We hope that these resources have helped you in your Lenten journey, deepening the experience of the season for yourself, your family, your local group and community. If you missed any resource and want to find it, you can click here on our Lent 2016 webpage  where we are archiving all of our Lenten resources. 
    Also, if you or your community are planning or participating in a Way of the Cross witness on Good Friday, email me at [email protected] and I'll add your information to our Good Friday Way of the Cross webpage. We have listed about a dozen groups so far who will be participating this year. 
   As always, we thank you for your witness, your steadfast commitment to the peace of Christ during this holy season. It is a privilege to see and hear about all that our members, local groups and regions do, especially at this time of year, to connect the passion and mission of Jesus with what is happening in our world today. May your work and witness be blessed during this upcoming Holy Week.

In peace,

Johnny Zokovitch
Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA
 PRAY: Christ has no body now but yours
From St. Teresa of Avila
 
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands but yours,
No feet but yours.
 
Yours are the eyes through which
Christ's compassion must look out at the world.
 
Yours are the feet with which
He is to go about doing good.
 
Yours are the hands with which
He is to bless us now.
STUDY: Reflection for Palm/Passion Sunday
By Megan McKenna, Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace


"I pray you, go to the nearest church, and bring me the cross, and hold it up level with my eyes until I am dead. I would have the cross on which God hung be ever before my eyes while life lasts in me." ~Joan of Arc


This is the week called "holy", the time of Passover, of bearing fruit, of enduring and of "not rebelling and not turning back". Instead we walk together and pray to God for "a well-trained tongue so that we might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them." We paradoxically cry out the refrain of the responsorial psalm over and over again: "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?" and proclaim equally that "I will proclaim your name to our people, in the midst of the assembly I will praise you ... I will give glory to God."
 This week we practice dying and rising, handing over our lives and loves and receiving wild hope and the spirit of God that will rescue us. Our attitude must be that of Christ who "did not deem equality with God something to be grasped at. Rather he emptied himself and took the form of a slave ... and it was thus that he humbled himself, obediently accepting death, even death on a cross." Practice is over. This is is. We stand and fall together into the arms of our God, with Jesus, handing over our spirits... 

ACT: For Holy Week, participate in one of these actions featured during Lent 2016
Throughout Lent, we have been recommending possible actions in each of our weekly Pray-Study-Act e-bulletins. If you have not been able to undertake these actions up to now, consider this week as an opportunity to revisit and participate in one of these actions or consider making an ongoing commitment to one of these campaigns as part of your Easter promise: