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.


The Sacred Triduum: 18 Questions

The Sacred Paschal Triduum is Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops answers these commonly asked questions with everyone seeking the effective celebration of these most sacred days.

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  1. When does the Triduum begin and end?
    The Easter Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil, and closes with Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday.
  2. May another Mass besides the Mass of the Lord’s Supper be celebrated on Holy Thursday?
    Ordinarily, no other Mass may be celebrated on Holy Thursday. However, by way of exception, the local Ordinary may permit another Mass in churches and oratories to be celebrated in the evening, and, in the case of genuine necessity, even in the morning. Such Masses are provided for those who in no way are able to participate in the evening Mass.
  3. How are the Holy Oils, consecrated and blessed at the Chrism Mass, to be received in the parish?
    A reception of the oils may take place before the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. The oils, in suitable vessels, can be carried in procession by members of the assembly. A text for this can be found here.
  4. Is the Mandatum, the washing of feet at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, required?
    No. The Roman Missal only indicates, “After the Homily, where a pastoral reason suggests it [ubi ratio pastoralis id suadeat], the Washing of Feet follows.”

Read the entire Q&A here.