March 28, 2018
Christians around the world will celebrate the high holy days, the Triduum, starting tomorrow with Holy Thursday, the Mass of the Lord's Supper. As we heard in the Gospel reading of the Passion last Sunday, Jesus joined with his disciples in the Upper Room in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover meal. Jews of yesterday and today remember and give thanks to God for "passing over" their ancestors and for Moses guiding the flock to the promised land. On Holy Thursday, the Lord's Supper, we come together to pray eat and give thanks to our God for sending us his Son, our Savior.
The Lenten Season ends prior to the Mass of the Last Supper. I encourage you to attend Mass tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m. At this Mass, the washing of the feet symbolizes the explanation when Jesus washes his disciples' feet, as told in John's Gospel. Of note, this Mass does not end with the going forth rite, but instead, the Blessed Sacrament is moved for Adoration during Holy Thursday night.
Good Friday Services begin at 12:30 p.m. with a reading of the Office of the Tenebrae and Stations of the Cross, followed at 1:30 p.m. with the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion in English, which includes the distribution of Communion. At 7:00 p.m., the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion will be read in Spanish.
Holy Saturday is a day of prayerful reflection. The Easter Vigil celebration begins at 8:00 p.m. and it is during this celebration that the new Easter candle is lit, symbolizing Jesus, the true bright star of the universe. And it is during this celebration that the elect will complete their journey of full initiation into the Church through the reception of the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and/or Confirmation. Pray for the newly initiated members of this community.
May the joy and beauty of the resurrected Christ on Easter bring you peace as we once again sing the Gloria, place flowers on the altar and the priest again wears white vestments.