This Thursday, we again begin the “Sacred Triduum,” or the Holy Three Days. The Sacred Triduum forms a great liturgical whole. During the day on Thursday, my brother priests and I will gather with the bishop in Lansing for the blessing of the Holy Oils and for the renewal of our priestly vows. In the evening, we will celebrate the institution of the Eucharist and priesthood at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 6:30 p.m.
Eucharistic Procession to the Altar of Repose
After communion that evening, we will process with the Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose, which will be in the parish hall, where the faithful are invited to spend time with Jesus (ending at 11:00 p.m.). Note that adoration will be available Friday morning from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 at the Altar of Repose (again, in the parish hall).
Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion
On Friday, there will be many opportunities to pray together. The Church’s liturgy of the Lord’s Passion will be held at 12:00 p.m. That day, for the second time in a week, we will recall together the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We will also pray for our needs and the needs of the world, in the context of Christ’s love poured out. We will then venerate the wood of the cross and receive communion. At 3:00 p.m., we will gather again to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet at the “hour of mercy.” Finally, in the evening, we will pray the Stations of the Cross at 6:30 p.m.
Divine Mercy Novena
The novena to the Divine Mercy begins on Friday, and concludes on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 24. You can get more information about the novena HERE. There will be a celebration of the Divine Mercy at the cathedral at 2:30 on Sunday the 24th, with confessions to follow.
Holy Saturday Night: The Easter Vigil
We spend the day on Holy Saturday in quiet silence and prayer on Saturday as we recall Christ lying in the tomb for us. That evening, we celebrate the Easter Vigil, which is the greatest Solemnity of the liturgical year. We will gather outside at dark, and begin the Solemn Vigil at 8:30 p.m. We will begin with the lighting of the fire that represents Christ’s triumph over death, and then process into the church, following the Paschal Candle. Christ is our Light, and we are enlightened by Him. If you have not attended an Easter Vigil, plan to come. It is a glorious celebration of the love of God and the power of Christ (and those baptized into Christ) over death. Come, let us worship!
Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord
Easter Sunday we will have three Masses at the usual times: 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. It will be a jubilant time of celebration of our Hope in Christ. Plan to come, and invite your friends and family to join us as we celebrate the great gift of Eternal Life.
Office Closed on Easter Monday
The parish office and the school will be closed on Easter Monday.