Holy week is the most solemn time of the liturgical year. People are getting ready to be baptised or received into the Church at the Easter Vigil, those already in the Church prepare to renew their baptismal promises as well as mark the death and resurrection of Jesus alongside Christians of all denominations, both with liturgical years or otherwise.
If you want a more prayerful experience leading up to the Triduum, whether or not you are going on a retreat like I am, here are 10 devotions you may not familiar with that you could add to your existing routine (or to do instead, I know how some plates truly are full).
Via Crucis (The Stations of the Cross) – This is the version by St Alphonsus of Liguori. I have the CTS booklet by Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman (of course) but there will also be a modern version in the new technology section.
The Office of Tenebrae (P.S. if you’re in London, the Oratory has it at 10 am on Holy Saturday. You’re welcome).
Via Matris Dolorosa (The Seven Sorrows of Mary). In Mediterranean countries, it’s prayed during Holy Week like the station of the Cross, walking with Mary remembering these moments of her life as a mother following her Son along the Via Dolorosa (still a site of pilgrimage when in Jerusalem). It can also be prayed as a chaplet.
The Seven Last Words of Our Lord – reflections by St Josemaria Escriva
3-Minute Retreat: The Lord’s Supper
3-Minute Retreat: The Passion of the Lord
3-Minute Retreat: Easter Vigil
Scriptural Rosary – The Sorrowful Mysteries Podcast by Rosary Army (they also have a regular one). They also have their own app, which is quite exciting.
Stations of the Cross with Bishop Robert Barron
Teacher and Lord: A Retreat Guide on the Last Supper
From Sorrow to Joy: A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of Confession (since many people leave it to the last minute for their required yearly confession. No judgement here, I’m usually one of them!).
A Mother’s Tears: A Retreat Guide on Our Lady of Sorrows (you can keep it for September but just throwing it in if anyone wants to see the why behind the Marian devotions for Holy Week)
The Colors of the Cross: A Retreat Guide for Lent (I promise I am NOT paid by Regnum Christi to advertise them)