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The Procession

The procession has begun…

           

We are on our way to Jerusalem.

I encourage you to participate as much as possible this Holy Week in the services of the Paschal Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday Vigil of Easter, Easter Sunday.

The “Three Days” begin solemnly with the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper which includes the command of Jesus to do as he has done. Thus, we commemorate the washing of feet, the institution of the priesthood, the establishment of the Holy Mass and then ceremoniously carry Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament with a procession around the inside of the church and out to the parish hall, figuratively entering the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus asked his disciples to keep watch with him and to pray. The prayer continues in quiet inside the parish hall until 10pm. I encourage you to spend some quiet time in prayer.

On Good Friday, we listen to the Passion according to the Gospel of John and go in procession to the cross to venerate it and unite our sacrifices to those of Christ. We also receive Holy Communion from the pre-consecrated hosts remaining from the night before. We practice fasting and abstain from eating meat.

Then we rejoice during the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night to light the evening fire outside, enter the church in procession, light our candles, listen to the ancient stories of salvation, sing Glory to God and administer the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion.

If you cannot participate at St. Clare, please consider setting your DVR to record the services from the Vatican and/or EWTN Catholic TV.

We have published the times for all the services every week in the bulletin. Please arrange your schedules and keep this very special day with the Lord and with his Church. Keep your schedule close at hand. It is also available on our website.

We wish you all a most blessed Holy Week and Easter.

—  Fr Hans Ruygt

 
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