Holy Saturday

On Holy Saturday, the Church waits at the Lord’s tomb, meditating on His suffering and death. The altar is left bare, and the sacrifice of Mass is not celebrated. Only after the solemn vigil that night does the joyful 50-day Easter celebration begin. Read more.

Here at Saint Paul, Morning Prayer and the Blessing of the Easter Food will take place at 10 a.m. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Easter Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 8 p.m.

Holy Saturday - tomb

 

Good Friday

Good Friday - three crucifixes

“It is accomplished; and bowing His head He gave up His spirit.” Today the whole Church mourns the death of our Savior. This is traditionally a day of sadness, spent in fasting and prayer.

According to the Church’s ancient tradition, the sacraments are not celebrated on Good Friday nor Holy Saturday. “Celebration of the Lord’s Passion,” traditionally known as the “Mass of the Presanctified” (although it is not a Mass), is usually celebrated midday. It includes the Liturgy of the Word, the Veneration of the Cross, and Holy Communion. Read more.

Here at Saint Paul the Apostle, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to noon, followed immediately by the Stations of the Cross at 12 p.m. A Solemn Service will take place at 3 p.m.

Holy Thursday, Feast of the Lord’s Supper

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The last three days of Holy Week are referred to as the Sacred Triduum, the three-part drama of Christ’s redemption: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Holy Thursday is also known as Maundy Thursday; “maundy” comes from the Latin “mandatum” or “commandment,” which is the first word of the Gospel acclamation:

“Mandátum novum do vobis dicit Dóminus, ut diligátis ínvicem, sicut diléxi vos,” or “I give you a new commandment: Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34). These are the words spoken by our Lord to His apostles at the Last Supper, after He completed the washing of the feet.We should imitate Christ’s humility in the washing of the feet. Read more.

Here at Saint Paul the Apostle, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, including the washing of the feet, will take place tonight at 7 p.m. in the Church, followed by Adoration until 11 p.m.

Holy Week Schedule

Holy-week

Palm Sunday, March 20
7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. Masses
Monday, March 21
7:30 a.m., 11 a.m. Masses
Tuesday, March 22
10 a.m. Chrism Mass at Cathedral
Wednesday, March 23
7:30 a.m. Mass
Anointing of the Sick and Elderly at 11 a.m. Mass

Sacred Triduum
Holy Thursday, March 24
7:30 a.m. Mass for those unable to attend at night
7 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper followed by Adoration until 11 p.m.
Good Friday, March 25
Sacrament of Reconciliation from 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Stations of the Cross at 12 noon
3 p.m. Solemn Service
Holy Saturday, March 26
Morning Prayer and Blessing of the Easter Food at 10 a.m.
Sacrament of Reconciliation from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
8 p.m. Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday, March 27
6 a.m. Sunrise Mass in the Park (bring a chair)
7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. Masses in the Church
Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn following the 9 a.m. Mass
Hospitality in the Parish Hall following all Masses