Thursday Apr 6, 2023
Holy Thursday: The Mass of the Lord's Supper
Thursday Apr 6, 2023 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
In the Sacred Triduum (Holy Three Days) the Church solemnly celebrates the greatest mysteries of our redemption, keeping by means of special celebrations the memorial of her Lord, crucified, buried, and risen. The Paschal Fast should also be kept sacred. It is to be celebrated everywhere on the Friday of the Lord's Passion and prolonged also through Holy Saturday as a way of coming, with spirit uplifted, to the joy's of the Lord's resurrection.
The Mass of the Lord's Supper is celebrated in the evening, with the full participation of the whole local community and with all the Priests and ministers exercising their office. The tabernacle should be entirely empty; but a sufficient amount of bread should be consecrated in this Mass for the Communion of the clergy and the people on this and the following day.
The Gloria is sung, and while the hymn is sung all the bells in the church are rung--and when it is finished they remain silent until the Gloria of the Easter Vigil.
- Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14
- Psalm 116:12-13, 15-1bc, 17-18
- 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
- John 13:1-15
The homily should shed light on the principal mysteries that are commemorated in this Mass, namely, the institution of the Holy Eucharist and of the Priesthood, and the commandment of the Lord concerning fraternal charity.
After the homily the Washing of Feet follows.
After distribution of Communion, the Priest will incense the Blessed Sacrament. Then a procession is formed in which the Blessed Sacrament is carried through the church to a suitable place of repose. As the hymn "Pange Lingua" is sung all follow in procession. When the procession reaches the place of repose the Priest will incense the Blessed Sacrament while "Tantum Ergo" is sung. The Priest will place the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle and shut the door. After a period of silent adoration the Priest and ministers will genuflect and return to the sacristy. The faithful are invited to remain in prayer with the Lord until 9pm.
Friday Apr 7, 2023
Stations of the Cross
Friday Apr 7, 2023 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM
Join us for Stations of the Cross in the church on Good Friday beginning at 3pm, the hour in which Jesus died according to the Scriptures, and therefore the hour of mercy.
Good Friday Liturgy
Friday Apr 7, 2023 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
On this and the following day, by a most ancient tradition, the Church does not celebrate the Sacraments at all, except for Confession and the Anointing of the Sick. The Celebration of the Lord's Passion consists of three parts, namely, the Liturgy of the Word, the Adoration of the Cross, and Holy Communion.
The altar is stripped bare and crosses are veiled in the church. The tabernacle stands empty and opened. The Priest and Deacons wearing red vestments as for Mass go to the altar in silence and after making reverence to the altar prostrate themselves and pray in silence for awhile. All others in the church kneel.
- Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12
- Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-17, 25
- Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
- John 18:1 - 19:42
The Liturgy of the Word concludes with the Solemn Intercessions, which take place in this way: the Deacon stands at the ambo, and sings the invitation in which the intention is expressed. Then all pray in silence for awhile, and afterwards the Priest, standing at the chair, sings the prayer. Prayers are offered according to an ancient Tradition for the Holy Church, the Pope, all orders and degrees of the Faithful, catechumens, for the unity of Christians, for the Jewish people, for those who do not believe in Christ, for those who do not believe in God, for those in public office, and for those in tribulation.
After the solemn intercessions the solemn adoration of the Holy Cross takes place. The Deacon accompanied by two ministers with lighted candles carries the cross from the door of the church towards the sanctuary. Near the door, in the middle of the church, and before the step of the sanctuary the Deacon elevates the cross and sings "Behold the Wood of the Cross" to which all respond "Come let us adore." After each response all kneel and for a brief moment adore the cross in silence.
When the cross reaches the sanctuary, all the faithful and clergy come forward as at communion and show reverence to the cross by a simple genuflection or by some other appropriate sign such as a kiss. After the adoration of the cross, the cross is removed to the sacristy and lighted candles accompany the Blessed Sacrament to the altar. The candles are placed on the altar and the Priest leads the Our Father and Holy Communion follows. The blessing is given after Communion and then all genuflect and everyone departs in silence.
Saturday Apr 8, 2023
Saturday Apr 8, 2023 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Confessions will be heard in the church between 3pm and 4pm on Holy Saturday.
The Easter Vigil
Saturday Apr 8, 2023 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM
By a most ancient Tradition, this is the night of keeping vigil for the Lord in which, following the Gospel admonition, the faithful, carrying lighted lamps in their hands, should be like those looking for the Lord when he returns, sot that at His coming He may find them awake and have them sit at His table.
The celebration of the Easter Vigil is arranged, moreover, in such a way that after the Lucernarium and Easter Proclamation, the Holy Church meditates on the wonders the Lord God has done for his people from the beginning, trusting in his word and promise until, as day approaches, with new members reborn in Baptism, the Church is called to the table the Lord has prepared for his people, the memorial of his Death and Resurrection until he comes again.
The entire celebration of the Easter Vigil must take place during the night, so that is begins after nightfall and ends before daybreak on the Sunday.
A fire is prepared on the porch outside the church, when the people are gathered the Priest brings the new Paschal candle towards the fire. The Priest starts with the sign of the cross and blesses the Easter fire. He then blesses the Paschal candle. When the candle has been lit the incense is prepared and the candle leads the people in procession into the darkened church. At the door of the church the Deacon raises up the candle and sings: "The Light of Christ," and all respond "Thanks be to God." The Priest then lights his candle from the Paschal candle and the procession continues. Then the Deacon reaches the middle of the church and raises the candle singing the antiphon again. All the faithful then light their candles as well and go to their places. Then the Deacon take the candle to the sanctuary and sings the antiphon once more, and all respond. All lights are lit throughout the church except for the altar candles.
While everyone stands in their places with lighted candles in their hands the Deacon or Priest after incensing the book and the Paschal candle proclaims the Exsultet.
Then follows the Liturgy of the Word where nine readings are provided--seven from the Old Testament and two from the New Testament. Whenever possible they all should be read but for pastoral reasons the number of readings from the Old Testament can be reduced to three although Exodus 14 must never be omitted.
After the final Old Testament reading with its Responsorial Psalm the altar candles are lit and the Priest intones the Gloria and all the bells in the church are rung. Then the Gospel is proclaimed and a homily is given.
Then the Catechumens are called forward and presented by their godparents in front of the congregation. The Priest makes an introductory statement and then the Litany of the Saints is intoned. Then the Priest blesses the baptismal water. During the blessing of the water he lowers the Paschal candle into the font three times.
Then the Priest asks a series of questions to those about to be baptized which gives them a chance to renounce sin and profess their Catholic faith. Then the Priest baptizes the candidates and immediately anoints them with sacred chrism. Then the priest lights a candle from the Paschal candle and gives it to the newly baptized.
Then the Priest invites the candidates for reception into full communion with the Catholic Church into the sanctuary with their sponsors. He asks the candidates to make a profession of faith. Then the Priest receives each of them into full communion with the Catholic Church.
Then the Priest invites the newly baptized with their godparents, the newly received with their sponsors, and those who are not Confirmed with their sponsors, to the sanctuary. He then dips his thumb into the sacred chrism and makes the sign of the cross on the forehead of those to be Confirmed and administers the Sacrament of Confirmation to them.
Then the Priest addresses all those gathered in the church and asks them to renew their own Baptismal Promises. Then he sprinkles the entire congregation with the blessed Easter Water.
Then follows the Liturgy of the Eucharist in the usual way as at a normal Mass. Those who have received the Sacraments are invited to receive Holy Communion first under both species.
At the end of the Vigil the Deacon sings the Traditional Easter dismissal: "Go forth, the Mass is ended, alleluia, alleluia" to which the people respond: "Thanks be to God, alleluia, alleluia."