is almost gone and it is time to consider once more
the mysteries of Holy Week. With Palm Sunday well
celebrated, for three days the Church settles into
the contemplation of the events of Monday, Tuesday,
and Wednesday of the last week of Jesus' life and
a meditative reading of three of the Songs of the
Suffering Servant; the fourth is the first reading
for Good Friday.
The Triduum, the Great Three Days of our Salvation.
evening the Church commemorates the institution of
the Eucharist and the Priesthood with the evening
Mass of the Lord's Supper. The lessons link Jesus'
actions at that meal to the Passover observance of
ancient Israel and to the ministry of charity and
service that are to characterize the life of the Church;
all of this within the context of the celebration
of the Eucharist that is the very life blood of the
Church. This celebration takes place at 7pm.
is followed by an evening of prayer and reflection
in the chapel of repose.
pm on Good Friday, we celebrate the stark and solemn
observance of the Lord's Passion and Death. The Proclamation
of the Passion, with veneration of the Cross and Holy
Communion provide a quiet, meditative service in which
to experience some of the sorrow of the Lord's Passion
accompanied by some hope of our salvation.
Last Words of Christ, this service of word, music
and silence prolongs the themes of the Solemn Liturgy
Thursday and Friday services are followed by an opportunity
for private confession.
year we will be blessing Easter foods, some fun, some
fancy, some real meals (all in fancy baskets) on the
morning of Holy Saturday at 11am. This ritual has
its origins in Poland, but has parallels in Italy,
as well. This ten-minute blessing is a neat and lovely
way to introduce children to a more sacred way of
anticipating seasonal sweets.
Vigil of Easter is not for the faint of heart. Extra
readings and music make for a longer-than- average
Liturgy of the Word. But the sheer beauty of the ceremony
of lighting the new fire and the Easter Candle
more than repay the time and devotion needed to take
part in this once-a-year liturgy.
Morning, there are two Masses at 8 and 10. These Masses
are truly festive and are accompanied by the Renewal
of Baptismal Promises.
the greatest week of the Church's year. While it is
less romantic and child friendly than Christmas, it
is, for adults, faith's answer to the deepest questions
life poses and hope's invitation to new life even
amidst the wreckage of the old.
truly and weakly yours,