The late Patrick O’Donovan of The Observer said that Holy Week was the peculiar privilege of Christians and their most important week of the year.
This year it will be unseen by many without the reminders of the outdoor Palm Sunday processions and pictures of The Queen distributing Maundy money.
But throughout the world thousands of people marooned in their homes or working in hospitals and vital medical production plants will be living out the week in their hearts.
In more households than one might guess it will probably be possible to find a palm cross from last year to hold on Sunday morning when we would have been walking in procession to church remembering Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey.
As the week proceeds we can recall the movements in real time of Jesus and his followers to and from Bethany.
In our hearts we shall be present at the Last Supper, kneel in the garden of Gethsemane, walk with Christ as He carries the Cross and then watch at the foot of the Cross and rejoice at his rising from the dead.
Tonight Jesus and his followers have arrived in Bethany and are dining at the home of Martha, Mary and Lazarus . Tomorrow the guests go to Jerusalem.