During Holy Week we celebrate the “high holy days” of our Catholic faith – the Triduum – on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. These are the most important liturgies of the church year! This is the week when everything else stops so that we can focus on the Dying and Rising of Christ. We invite you to make these evenings a sacred priority so that you are able to participate fully in these very special liturgies.
On Holy Thursday our evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper will begin at 7:00 PM.
This is a beautiful liturgy, remembering how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, calling us to serve one another, giving us the Eucharist and the priesthood. As we did last year, everyone attending will have the opportunity, if you wish, to have your feet washed or to wash the feet of another. It is wonderful for the community to do as Jesus did. Wear your sandals!
Following the Thursday evening Mass, as is our tradition at St. Madeleine’s, we will have prayer before the Blessed Sacrament until midnight. It’s a wonderful time to stay and pray, or you may wish to come back later to pray. We will have a time of quiet prayer until midnight. Plan to do what Jesus asked of his disciples: “Stay and pray with me.”
Lord, grant us your strength and wisdom, that we may seek to follow your will in all things.
Stations of the Cross at Noon
Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at 7 pm
Sacrament of Reconciliation after the liturgy
On Good Friday we pray the Stations of the Cross at Noon. Please join us as we pray and contemplate each of the 14 Stations of the Cross, Christ’s journey to his crucifixion.
At 7:00 PM we will celebrate the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion. This is a powerful and moving liturgy. Following the ancient tradition of the Church, there are no sacraments celebrated on Good Friday. The altar is completely bare, with no cloths, candles nor cross. We should try to take time off from work and school to participate in the devotions and liturgy of the day as much as possible.
Holy Saturday evening, also called the Easter Vigil, is our primary Easter Liturgy. It starts at 8:30 PM, and includes Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist for those who have prepared through our Christian Initiation process. The Easter vigil is the most important and powerful liturgy in the entire Church year.
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
On Easter Sunday morning we will have four Masses, at 7:00 AM, 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM Mass in Korean
This feast of feasts and the most significant day of the liturgical calendar reminds us of the centrality and mystery of our faith – that Jesus was raised from the dead so that He might always, everywhere and eternally, live His new life within us.