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GOOD FRIDAY (APRIL 18)
1:00 PM Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at Elmwood
6:00 PM Seven Last Words of Christ at Boyceville
HOLY SATURDAY (APRIL 19)
8:00 PM Easter Vigil Mass at Elmwood
EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD (APRIL 20)
8:30 AM Mass at Boyceville
10:30 AM Mass at Spring Valley
PALM SUNDAY of the PASSION of the LORD
On Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord “the Church enters upon the mystery of Her crucified, buried, and risen Lord, who by His entrance into Jerusalem, gave a glimpse of His own majesty. Christians carry branches as a sign of the royal triumph that Christ won by His acceptance of the cross” (Congregation for Divine Worship, Ceremonial of Bishops [CE], 263).
“ With this Mass . . . (the Church) devotes Herself to the remembrance of the Last Supper. At this Supper on the night He was betrayed, the Lord Jesus, loving those who were His own in the world even to the end, offered His Body and Blood to the Father under the appearances of bread and wine, gave them to the Apostles to eat and drink, then enjoined the Apostles and their successors in the Priesthood to offer them in turn . . . This Mass is, first of all, the memorial of the institution of the Eucharist . . . (It) is also the memorial of the institution of the Priesthood, by which Christ’s mission and sacrifice are perpetuated in the world. In addition this Mass is the memorial of that love by which the Lord loved us even to death” (CE, 297).
“ On this day, when ‘Christ our Passover was sacrificed’ [1 Corinthians 5:7] , the Church meditates on the Passion of Her Lord and Spouse, adores the cross, commemorates Her origin from the side of Christ asleep on the cross, and intercedes for the salvation of the whole world” (PS, 58).
“ According to a most ancient tradition, this night is ‘one of vigil for the Lord’ [cf. Exodus 12:42] , and the vigil celebrated during it, to commemorate that holy night when the Lord rose from the dead, is regarded as the ‘mother of all holy vigils’ [Saint Augustine of Hippo, Sermon 219) . For in that night the Church keeps vigil, waiting for the Resurrection of the Lord, and celebrates the Sacraments of Christian initiation” (PS, 77).
“The Resurrection of Christ is the foundation of our faith and hope, and through Baptism and Confirmation we are inserted into the Paschal Mystery of Christ, dying, buried, and raised with Him, and with Him we shall also reign . . . Mass is to be celebrated on Easter Day with great solemnity” (PS, 80 & 97).
HOLY SACRIFICE of the MASS at 8:30 AM [Boyceville] & 10:30 AM [Spring Valley] – Solemn entrance procession of ministers into sanctuary; Singing of Gloria; Singing of Alleluia; Renewal of baptismal promises and sprinkling with blessed water; Holy Water fonts filled with blessed water; Solemn blessing and dismissal with Alleluia, Alleluia.