Holy Week Explained
Holy Week begins with Passion Sunday, more commonly known as Palm Sunday, because this day celebrates the first regal entrance of Our Lord into Jerusalem when He faces His bitter Passion for us sinners. The re- enactment of His entry into the Holy City is expressed through the sacramental blessing of palms or olive branches carried by the “children of the Hebrews.”
The procession in honour of Christ the King is the first liturgical procession which makes up the major distinctive acts in the celebration of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum. The series of processions include the procession of palms, the procession of the Holy Oils, the Eucharistic Procession on Holy Thursday, the procession of the Veneration of the Cross and bringing in the Eucharist on Good Friday, the procession of light and the baptismal processions at the Easter Vigil.
The Holy Week leads into Easter or the ‘Holy’ Triddum, meaning “Great Three Days.” These recall the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Christ: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. We should remember that God used the cross and death to bring about resurrection.
Holy Week Schedule: (Please note that all celebrations will take place at St. Cecilia School)
- (1) Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper, April 2nd at 7:30pm (Solemn Adoration at the Altar of Repose at the Rectory Chapel until midnight)
- (2) Good Friday Communion Service: April 3rd at 3pm
- (3) Easter Vigil: April 4th at 8pm (please note that Easter Vigil Mass will be about 2 hours long)
- (4) Easter Sunday Masses: April 5th 10am & 12pm