Holy Week and Easter Services
The more we participate in the events of Holy Week, the richer will be our Easter experience. We do this so that we may live the Christian faith in depth and experience joy in doing so. We look forward to a most wonderful Easter. I hope that all of you will participate fully.
Fr. Robert J. Gaestel
On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Holy Week, we gather in the Parish Hall for a simple meal. We eat in silence while Phil Holmes presents readings and reflections from the Christian Tradition and contemporary concerns. It is as if we too are in the upper room with the first disciples listening to Jesus speak to us through these readings and through the words of the Gospel of John. We conclude with a Eucharist around the table.
The Paschal Triduum or the Three Great Days
Maundy Thursday, April 5, 7pm: We celebrate the Liturgy. I wash the feet of those who wish to participate. We conclude with the stripping of the Altar and the darkening of the Church.
Good Friday, April 6, 12pm: The Litergy includes the Passion according to St. John, the Solemn Collects for the Church and the World, and the Mass of the Pre-Sanctified where we consume the Sacrament consecrated on Maundy Thursday and placed on the Altar of Repose. The liturgy concludes around 1:30pm.
Preparations on Holy Saturday, April 7: Preparing the Church, the breakfast, and the Easter Eggs is a wonderful opportunity for parishioners to enjoy one another in an atmosphere of fun and anticipation. You are all urged to come by and help out.
Great Vigil of Easter, April 8, 5:30 a.m. Easter Day is the central and most important Liturgy of the entire Church year. Everything we do as Christians has its foundation here.
We begin the Great Vigil with the Liturgy of the Light, the New Fire being kindled in the Church by one of our parish children. The wonder of this liturgy is made palpable for us as the Resurrection window gradually fills with light as we hear the stories of God’s mighty acts to save his people.
If we are lucky, by the time we get to the baptism, the sun comes over the hill, streams through the back windows, and floods the Church with light as we cry, “Alleluia, Christ is Risen!” After the Eucharist, we emerge into the new day to Easter Eggs and our parish breakfast.
The children in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd are in Church for the Exsultet then go to the atriums for their own Liturgy of the Light.