Holy Week, Triduum & Easter

Triduum – Celebrating the Great Three Days

Palm Sunday

Saturday, March 19 – 4:30pm
Sunday, March 20 – 8:00am & 10:30am

This liturgy is unique and unusual. It begins with the Gospel, one of two, telling of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and recounts the strewing of palm branches onto the path for Him to ride triumphal on a donkey. The mood changes abruptly, however, as it becomes clear in the readings that he is riding to his death. The second Gospel of the Mass is the Passion – the retelling of the trial, crucifixion and death of the Lord. We bring our palms with us to our homes to remind us of the experience throughout the year. Fellowship after Masses on Sunday.


Thursday – The Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Thursday, March 24 – 7:30pm

This Mass begins the Triduum and highlights the Last Supper and the Washing of Feet. The Feast of Breads follows (bring some yummy breads, if you wish!)


Friday – Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion

Friday, March 25 – 3:00pm

This service is not a Mass – because it is actually a continuation of Thursday night’s celebration. A retelling of The Passion of the Lord (different from that on Palm Sunday), Solemn Prayers of Intercession, and Adoration of the Cross feature prominently. The Eucharist, reserved from Holy Thursday, is received. Soup and Bread Supper follows at 5pm.


Living Stations of the Cross – Friday, March 25 – 7pm

This beloved devotional is movingly acted by our talented youth. A crowd favorite!

Saturday – The Great Vigil of Easter

Saturday, March 26 – 8:00pm – note – no 4:30pm Mass on this day only

This liturgy, the first Mass of Easter, which continues and concludes the celebrations of Thursday and Friday, always begins after nightfall. It features the lighting of the Easter Fire, the Exsultet, the 17 Readings of Salvation history from creation to resurrection, Blessing of the Font, Renewal of Baptismal Promises, Eucharistic Prayer, Communion, and Blessing. Fellowship following.


Sunday – Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Sunday, March 27 – 8:00am & 10:30am

The usual format of Mass, with added Renewal of Baptismal Promises. Fellowship follows.