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Triduum at Holy Family Cathedral – Holy Week


maundy-thursdayThe Triduum is the culmination of our Lenten Journey. Though it takes place on three days it is considered on liturgical event.

We begin the Triduum with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. This day is so special to Catholics because it is on this day Christ began the celebration of the eucharist and instituted  the priesthood. The mass of Holy Thursday also includes the ritual of washing feet. This is the last mass said until the Easter Vigil, Good Friday is considered to be a continuation of this mass, for this reason there  is no dismal of the faithful, instead the eucharist is moved to the altar of repose where it will be kept until Good Friday. We are all invited to spend some time in quiet with Jesus in the form of the Eucharist just as the disciples stayed with Jesus in the garden. Holy Thursday Mass will be celebrated at 7pm, Thursday April 13. The Cathedral will remain open until midnight for silent adoration.

Good Friday –  This day is set aside to remember the death of our Lord, Jesus. We have Stations of the Cross at 3 pm in remembrance of the passion and death of our Lord. It is believed that Jesus hung on the cross from noon until his death at 3 pm. Good Friday continues at 7 pm. The service on Good Friday is a continuation of the mass begun at Holy Thursday.  The focus on Good Friday is Liturgy of the Word with psalms reflecting Christ’s suffering and John’s Passion. Every year on Good Friday only John’s Gospel is read. Good Friday is set apart from every other mass of the year by its lack of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Good Friday again ends in silence because it is not really an ending, it will continue with the Easter Vigil on Saturday Good Friday Services will be held Friday April 14 at 7pm

Easter Vigil – Our Holy Week concludes with this the third and final evening in the Easter Triduum. Holy Saturday is the bookend to  Tenebrea starting in darkness and ending in the light that represents the Light of Christ.. The Easter Vigil begins outside the church as we light the light that will dispel the darkness. The flame created here will be brought into the dark Cathedral passed on to everyone as they enter and used to light the Easter Candle. Water is blessed to be used for all of the rites of initiation that will take place tonight and throughout the Easter season, as we welcome our brothers and sisters into communion with the church. The Easter Vigil is celebrated at 8:30 pm on Saturday April 15.

You can find the complete schedule for Holy Week here. 

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