TRIDUUM

The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum-from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ’s Paschal Mystery.

The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.

The liturgical services that take place during the Triduum are:

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at 7:00pm. We celebrate the gift of the Eucharist and are reminded through the washing of feet that we are to do the work of Jesus by serving others.  The evening ends with a solemn procession to the Altar of Repose and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and is closed with night prayer.

On Good Friday we gather for The Lord’s Passion.  There is Morning Prayer at 9:00am in the church.  From 12:00 – 3:00pm there will be prayer, reflection and silence.  At 7:00pm we celebrate the Lord’s passion.  We venerate the Cross, and receive the Eucharist.

On Holy Saturday there is Morning Prayer at 9:00 am. We celebrate with the Elect and Candidates as they prepare for initiation into the Church through Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil that evening.  There is a blessing of food at 10:30am.  This food will be used for Easter Sunday Celebrations at your homes.

The Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord begins with the blessing of the Easter Fire at 8:00 pm. We process into the church.  The stories of our ancestors are read reminding us how God has saved us throughout history.  We proclaim the ALLELUIA.  We witness the Risen Christ through our Elect who are baptized and our Candidates who profess faith in Christ and the Church.  We renew our own baptismal commitment, and we are blessed with the life giving waters of Baptism.  We bring our gifts to the altar, and they are transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ.  We receive the Eucharist and we leave the celebration to continue the mission of Jesus and witness to the world that Christ has truly risen.

I invite you to participate in the celebration of the Triduum.  These special days of the Church remind us to celebrate our Salvation, please join us!

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

Palm Sunday, April 9

Saturday Vigil 5:30 PM, Sunday 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:00 PM

Monday, April 10

7:00 – 8:00 PM Individual Confessions

Tuesday, April 11

7:00 – 8:00 PM Individual Confessions

Holy Thursday, April 13

9:00 AM Morning Prayer
7:00 PM  Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday, April 14

9:00 AM Morning Prayer
12:00 PM Stations of the Cross
1:00 PM Seven Last Words
2:00 PM Silent Reflection and individual confessions
3:30 PM Cross Hike
7:00 PM Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Saturday, April 15

9:00 AM Morning Prayer
10:30 AM Blessing of the Food
8:00 PM The Great Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 16

8:00 AM, 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM Masses will take place in both the church and gym