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).
Saturday, March 28
8:00 PM [Elmwood] MASS with SOLEMN ENTRANCE
Sunday, March 29
8:30 AM [Boyceville] MASS with SOLEMN ENTRANCE
10:30 AM [Spring Valley] MASS with PROCESSION
[Part One] – COMMEMORATION LORD’S ENTRANCE into JERUSALEM – Blessing of palm branches; Proclamation of Gospel about Lord’s triumphal entrance into Jerusalem; Solemn entrance procession of ministers into sanctuary;
[Part Two] – HOLY SACRIFICE of the MASS – Solemn proclamation of Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ; Silent departure.
MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY of HOLY WEEK
Monday, March 30 NO MASS or CONFESSIONS
Tuesday, March 31 10:30 AM [Cathedral of Saint Joseph the Workman]
Wednesday, April 1 6:00-7:30 PM [Elmwood] CONFESSIONS
7:30 PM [Elmwood] MASS
THE SACRED PASCHAL TRIDUUM
“The greatest mysteries of the Redemption are celebrated yearly by the Church beginning with the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday until Evening Prayer of Easter Sunday. This time is called ‘the triduum of the crucified, buried, and risen’ (Saint Augustine of Hippo, Letter 55) ; it is also called the ‘Easter Triduum’ because during it is celebrated the Paschal Mystery, that is, the passing of the Lord from this world to His Father. The Church by the celebration of this mystery, through liturgical signs and sacramentals, is united to Her Spouse in intimate communion” (Congregation for Divine Worship, The Preparation and Celebration of the Easter Feasts [PS], 38).
HOLY THURSDAY – MASS of the LORD’S SUPPER
“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).
7:00 PM [Boyceville] MASS of the LORD’S SUPPER
Singing of Gloria with ringing of bells which will not be heard again until Gloria at Easter Vigil; Washing of feet of twelve men; Placement of Sacred Chrism and Oil of Infirm and the Oil of Catechumens in ambry; Procession with Blessed Sacrament to altar of repose; Adoration of Blessed Sacrament until 10:00 PM; Night Prayer from Liturgy of the Hours at 9:45 PM; Altar stripped after Mass; No candles lit before sacred images and no Holy Water in fonts again until Easter Vigil; Until Easter Vigil celebration of all Sacraments is prohibited with exception of Penance and Anointing of the Sick.
GOOD FRIDAY – CELEBRATION of PASSION of the LORD
“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).
1:00 PM [Boyceville] CELEBRATION PASSION of LORD
[Part One] – LITURGY of the WORD – Solemn proclamation of Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint John; Chanting of Solemn Intercessions;
[Part Two] – ADORATION of the HOLY CROSS – Showing of cross; Individual adoration of cross by genuflection, bow or kiss;
[Part Three] – HOLY COMMUNION – Distribution of Blessed Sacrament consecrated at Mass of the Lord’s Supper; Silent departure; Altar is stripped; Day of fasting (one full meal & two smaller) and abstinence from meat (14 and older).
HOLY SATURDAY – EASTER VIGIL in the HOLY NIGHT
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,
. For in that night the Church keeps vigil, waiting for the Resurrection of the Lord, and celebrates the Sacraments of Christian initiation” (PS, 77).
8:00 PM [Boyceville] EASTER VIGIL MASS
[Part One] – SOLEMN BEGINNING of the VIGIL: The LUCERNARIUM – Blessing of fire and preparation of Paschal Candle; Procession with Paschal Candle; Lighting of congregational candles from Paschal Candle; Incensation of Paschal Candle and text of Easter Proclamation ( Exultet); Chanting of Easter Proclamation ( Exultet)
[Part Two] – LITURGY of the WORD – Three readings from Old Testament; Singing of Gloria with ringing of bells and lighting of altar candles from Paschal Candle; Epistle of Saint Paul; Singing of Alleluia;
[ Part Three] – BAPTISMAL LITURGY – Blessing of baptismal water; Renewal of baptismal promises and sprinkling with baptismal water; Holy Water Fonts filled with baptismal water;
[Part Four] – LITURGY of the EUCHARIST – Solemn blessing and dismissal with Alleluia, Alleluia.
EASTER SUNDAY of the RESURRECTION of the LORD
“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
8:30 AM [Elmwood]
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.