Experience Extra Joy and Emotion During Holy Week
April 13 is the first day of Holy Week, Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. We will bless the new palm branches in the gathering area and listen to the gospel of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Children will be invited to join in the palm procession around the church.
After the procession we’ll read St. Matthew’s stirring account of the Passion of Our Lord. Prepare to stay a little longer in church at Masses during Holy Week, without cheating Our Lord out of a few minutes at the end of Mass! I love to see Catholics’ extra joy and devotion during Holy Week!
Tuesday, April 15th, is the Mass of Chrism at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Milwaukee. Ellen and our RCIA candidates will proudly and reverently receive the sacramental oils that will be used in Cedarburg. I think of all those who will be anointed with the three holy oils the bishop will bless and give us. The oils will be used to anoint the sick and elderly, our youth at confirmation, babies at baptism, priests at ordination, and catechumens at the Easter vigil. The Mass of Chrism is at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
The EASTER TRIDUUM begins at nightfall on Thursday and ends at nightfall on Sunday, three full days. The Triduum consists of one Easter celebration in three separate parts. These three separate liturgies give us the essence of the Paschal Mystery—that Christ has died; he is risen; and he will come again. Holy Thursday celebrates his sacrificial gift of himself in the Eucharist as our food for everlasting life. Good Friday celebrates his saving death. Easter Sunday and Vigil celebrate his glorious rising. So the three days of the Triduum are actually Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but beginning Thursday evening. These are the three holiest days of the Catholic year, and worthy of your attendance at Mass.
Easter Sunday morning we welcome back the ALLELUIA, and renew the promises of our baptism. There are FIVE MASSES for you to choose from on Easter, because there is an added 10 a.m. Mass at the south church. Since all the sacraments flow from Christ’s dying and rising, we look forward to many baptisms, confirmations, first Communions, and weddings during the Easter season. So our Easter schedule is: Holy Thursday 7:00 pm. Good Friday 1:00 p.m. Easter Vigil 8:00 p.m. Easter morning 7:30, 9:00, 10:00 (S), 11:00 a.m.
I invite you to plan now to avoid all meetings and secular pursuits in Holy Week, and come to celebrate with us the Paschal Mystery of Jesus, which unfolds slowly during the three days of the Triduum.
As Catholics, we are encouraged to read Scripture,
especially focusing on the readings included in our liturgies.
An easy way to find these and other Scripture texts is to link
to the site for the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops: Today’s