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The Holy Triduum

We have come to the threshold of The Holy Triduum—The Three Days.  These are the days when God moves most profoundly among us, the days when we enter most deeply into God’s action in our lives.  In word, symbol and gesture, we celebrate the mysteries of life, death and resurrection in company with the Risen Christ who shows us the way.


HOLY THURSDAY

Mass of the Lord’s Supper
7:30 pm 

The Gospel leaves no room for doubt—the most humble service given in love surrounds the gift of Christ’s Body and Blood.  Feet are washed—a demanding gesture, at once a little messy and awkward, like many of love’s demands.  Wine and bread are consecrated—enough bread for tomorrow when even sacraments are silent.  Procession with the Eucharist from the church building to the altar of repose in Heller Hall, accompanied by the Hispanic community.  Adoration through the last hours of the day, until midnight, when Friday’s fast begins.

GOOD FRIDAY

Stations of the Cross 3:00pm English
Living Stations of the Cross 4:30pm  Spanish

Veneration of the Cross
7:30pm – Church

We come to stand with the women and the beloved disciple to listen to the Passion according to St. John.  We pray with every man, woman and child in whom Christ is still suffering.  We eat the Bread of Remembrance.  A single cross is lifted high for our veneration together, then placed at the altar steps. Individual veneration of the cross takes place when the celebration of the Lord’s Passion is over.  We leave an empty church in silence.

EASTER VIGIL

8:30pm – Church

“Mother of all vigils.”  This is what St. Augustine named this night, a name that conveys how the church cherishes this night that is different from any other.  A vigil is a night watch:  people who would normally be home resting are awake, gathered in expectation, waiting for news.  We wait in a great company, as Christians around the world keep our watch. Nothing is ordinary about this evening we spend together.  The Vigil is long and full.
It begins outside with Fire, kindled in the presence of our elect, our candidates and those who accompany them.  The Paschal Candle is ignited from that fire and carried into the darkened church where we light all our candles from that flame.  

We hear the EXSULTET – THE EASTER PROCLAMATION.  
This is the night when Christ broke the prison-bars of death
and rose victorious from the grave.

In the light of the Easter candle, we listen to God’s Word, the story of our salvation. Women and men from our assembly come, one after another, to proclaim the Word.  Readings announce how God saves His people throughout history, pursuing us with unrelenting affection.  These stories take time to tell and to savor, and call us to respond in psalm and in prayer.  The Gloria sounds again after Lenten silence, and the Alleluia. Lights are thrown on.  Bells ring.
Led to faith by God's Word and by God's people, our elect come to be baptized. Water is blessed and poured over Sitthidol Doysrieiam, Huy Hoang Le, Robin Moser, Matthew Nellor and Amy White. They are wrapped in the white garment of Christ's life and are given the new light of Christ. Called to remember and renew our own baptism, we stand to embrace the saving waters. We acclaim our candidates Laine Bowen-Watson, Jeremy Lowry and Lyndon Diaz as they reaffirm their baptism and, with the newly baptized, are sealed and confirmed with the oil of chrism.Together we taste and savor the Bread of Life—Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of the Risen Lord.

The Mother of all Vigils enfolds the Christian people, nourishes our Christianity, sends us out to embody Christ to the world.

EASTER SUNDAY

Masses at 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 7:00 pm
Misa en Español at 2:30 pm

The Great Sunday, the Feast of Fifty Days begins!

The fifty days from Easter to Pentecost are celebrated as one feast day, The Great Sunday.  The Easter candle is lit and God’s people may feel the waters of life throughout this season.  New Catholics join their brothers and sisters at the Table of the Lord.  A time of grace for our whole parish.

PENTECOST

June 9

The Birthday of the Church!  The celebration of all God’s people!