Today our gaze shifts towards the Passion of Our Lord – ‘The royal banners forward go; the Cross shines forth in mystic glow’, as the ancient hymn expresses it.

This year, we walk the path of the Passion together with the people of Ukraine, whose suffering is so great. May Christ, and His Mother, be with them at every step. We pray for God’s blessing on them, and upon all God’s beloved children. May He also be very close to you in your own suffering, whatever that may be, and may He bless you.