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 7:00 PM. 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 at 11:00 PM.
On Good Friday we gather for The Lord’s Passion.
- There is Morning Prayer at 9:00 AM in the church.
- 12-12:45 PM Stations of the Cross continues with time for quiet meditations.
- 1:30 PM we will hold a Tenebrae.
What is Tenebrae? Tenebrae (Latin for “darkness”) is an ancient monastic liturgy, traditionally observed on Wednesday night of Holy Week. A modern adaptation of Tenebrae will be presented at 1:30 PM on Good Friday. The liturgy features seldom-heard songs, psalms, and scripture expressing lament, anger, fear, exile, and sorrow. Another prominent feature of this service is the gradual extinguishing of candles until a single flame, a symbol of our Lord, remains. The candle is then briefly hid, symbolizing the death of our Lord. A dramatic noise, or strepitus, is then sounded, symbolizing the earthquake at the time of the resurrection (Matthew 28: 2). The hidden candle is then returned to the sanctuary, a silent reminder of Christ’s victory over death. The Tenebrae service is deeply serious in nature and the mournful scripture readings and periods of silent prayer could be challenging for very young children, though older children and teens will find it compelling. The music for Tenebrae will be provided by our Teen Choir, under the direction of Janèt Sullivan Whitaker, our music director.
- Private reconciliation from 1:30 – 3:00 PM.
- At 7:00 PM we celebrate the Lord’s passion. We venerate the Cross, there will be an offertory 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 10:30 AM. 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 on the lawn, adjacent to the multi-purpose room. 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 14
Saturday Vigil 5:30 PM, Sunday 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:00 PM and the monthly Youth Mass at 5:30 PM. Parishioners are encouraged to wear red. Also, at the 5:30 PM Sunday Youth Mass, there will be a Palm Sunday Procession that will begin on the lawn area next to the multi-purpose room and includes the blessing of the palms.
Holy Thursday, April 18
9:00 AM Morning Prayer led by Deacon John Durden in the church (no moring mass)
7:00 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper
11:00 PM Night prayer
Good Friday, April 19
9:00 AM Morning Prayer led by Deacon John Durden in the church (no morning Mass)
12:00 – 12:45 PM Stations of the Cross
1:30 – 3:00 PM Individual Reconciliation
1:30 PM Tenebrae
7:00 PM Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
Holy Saturday, April 20
9:00 AM Morning Prayer led by Deacon John Durden
10:30 AM Blessing of the Food
There will be no Reconciliation or Saturday evening Vigil Mass
8:00 PM The Great Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday, April 21
8:00 AM, 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM Masses will take place in both the church and gym