The summit of the Roman Catholic 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.
On this final Sunday of Lent we celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem astride a donkey. With palm fronds—universal symbol of peace and victory—in hand we process into the church to reenact the scene of Christ's arrival. “Hosanna!” we proclaim, in recognition of our Savior, and fashion the palms into crosses. We follow our traditional Mass schedule: Saturday vigil at 5:00pm; Sunday at 7:30, 9:30 and 11:00am, and 5:00pm.
The Liturgy of the Last Supper is the final Eucharistic celebration of our liturgical year. Representatives from parish groups receive a ritual washing of the feet by our concelebrant priests during mass, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament immediately follows until 11:00pm. Parishioner offerings on Holy Thursday are shared with the Alexian Brothers HIV/AIDS ministry.
This day of mourning begins with a 9:00am service that includes scripture readings, music and prayer. Stations of the Cross follows mass at 11:30. From 12:00 until 1:00pm Reconciliation will be offered. At 3:00 and again at 7:00pm, a solemn Service of the Lord's Passion is a fitting climax to the penitential season of Lent. The offertory benefits shrines in the Holy Land. Catholics age 18-59 are to fast today, partaking of only one meatless meal or its equivalent in smaller portions throughout the day.
During the daylight hours we commemorate the time that the body of Jesus lay entombed. A morning prayer service begins at 9:00, and Blessing of the Baskets takes place at 11:00am. The culmination of the Easter Triduum and the official beginning of the Easter season occurs at sunset, observed during our solemn Easter Vigil on April 15 at 7:00pm. We wait in darkness, bless a fire, process with candles and hear stories of our salvation through the scriptures, accompanied by much music, splendor and joy.
He is Risen!
Easter Sunday is the greatest and most joyous feast in the Christian calendar! We celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and the fulfillment of our faithful life as Christians. Please join us on April 16 at 7:30, 9:30 or 11:00am.
Hugs from God on April 10
To reconcile means to rejoin, or put back together. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is the gift of God's infinite mercy and love; it's like a hug from God. When you've been at odds with someone, finally clear the air and hug, how great does that feel? Confessing our sins clears the air with God; it may be difficult, but it brings such wonderful peace. Get your hug and celebrate forgiveness at our Lenten Penance service on Monday, April 10 at 1:30 or 7pm in church. Confessions will also be heard beginning at 12:00 noon on Good Friday, April 14.
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