The final three days of Lent are known as the Paschal Triduum.
MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER – 7:00pm
When the Mass ends, the consecrated Host in the monstrance is carried in solemn procession to the “Altar of Repose” remaining ‘entombed’ until the communion service on Good Friday.
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE – 7:00pm
On Good Friday, the focus is on the cross, beginning mid-afternoon with the Stations. The Church is stripped of its ornaments, the altar bare, and the door of the empty tabernacle stands open – as if in mourning. During the evening service (no Mass is celebrated this day), we venerate the large cross held at the foot of the altar by touching, kissing, and/or kneeling before it. The Passion is read and we receive the pre-consecrated host.
EASTER VIGIL – 7:00pm
Although celebrated Holy Saturday evening, it is the dramatic Easter vigil liturgy that marks the beginning of Easter. The service begins outside the church. A new fire is lit and blessed and a Paschal Candle symbolizing Christ, the Light of the World is prepared. The candle is processed through the church; everyone lights their candle from the Easter candle and continue in procession until the whole church is alight. Seven Old Testament readings helping us meditate on the wonderful works of God for his people since the beginning of time are read. The Easter water is blessed, new members are brought into the Church through baptism, the Litany of the Saints is sung, followed by a blessing with water and renewal of baptismal vows. The Mass continues and ends with the glorious “The Mass is ended, go in peace, alleluia, alleluia – Thanks be to God, alleluia, alleluia.”