VIII Holy Week Encounter in Lumezzane, Italy, from April 13-15, 2017.
Once again we had the Holy Week Encounter with the members of the Home of the Mother in Lumezzane. Everything began on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. with the first talk, given by Paolo Braghin, Home of the Mother member from Milan and father of two Servant Sisters. He began our reflection on the Encyclical Letter, Vertatis Splendor, by Saint John Paul II.
About 60 adults, young people, and children participated in the encounter. Most of them are Home of the Mother families in Lumezzane, but other adults and youth also came to the formative talks. We celebrated the Easter Triduum services in our parish. After Mass on Holy Thursday, we had a Holy Hour in front of the Altar of Repose. Later, we had adoration all night long. In the morning, we participated in the Divine Office and Morning Prayer in the parish. After that we had prayer time with some brief ideas for meditation.
During the day we had different activities in our house (the bottom floor of the building is part of the parish’s installations). On Good Friday Sr. Rocio gave the second talk. To finish off our reflection on the Encyclical Letter, on Saturday we had Dr. Daniele Torri with us. He is a doctor from Brescia, bioethicist, and member of the Science and Life Committee in the city. He enlightened us about different moral questions in the medical field and the lies that we are presented with in these subjects at present. Other people from the parish and a group from the encounter in Brignano Gera D’Adda (in Bergamo where we have another community) also joined us because they did not want to miss the opportunity to hear this doctor.
After lunch, we prayed the Rosary, and the young people and adults had the final assembly discussing experiences and sharing impressions of those days. At 6:00 p.m. we connected via hangout with the other encounters in Spain, Ecuador, and the United States. Then the most important moment arrived: the Easter Vigil, which we celebrated at 8:30 p.m.
In our Holy Week Encounters we have the tradition of celebrating with a festival to end up the get-together in the joy of the Risen Lord. The younger girls sang a song, the teenagers preformed a skit about the “spiritual battle,” the young adults did reflecting on the conscience, and the adults left us with our mouths open with their interpretation of a skit about Truth and a Spanish song.
Thanks be to God for allowing us to receive so many graces and to draw closer to Him every day.