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The Direction of Intention. My God, give me the grace to perform this action with you and through love for you. In advance, I offer to you all the good that I will do and accept all the difficulty I may meet therein. St. Ann, pray for us St . Francis de Sales, pray for us.

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the direction of intention
The Direction of Intention

My God, give me the grace to perform this action with you and through love for you. In advance, I offer to you all the good that I will do and accept all the difficulty I may meet therein.

St. Ann, pray for us

St. Francis de Sales, pray for us.

the paschal triduum
The Paschal Triduum
  • Holy Week
  • The Chrism Mass
  • What is the Triduum?
  • How did it Develop?
  • Holy Thursday
  • Good Friday
  • The Great Easter Vigil
  • Easter Day

The week preceding Easter

  • Final week of Lent.
  • Begins with Palm Sunday and ends with Holy Saturday
  • Holy Week is not a liturgical term or a season in the Church Year
  • Holy Week is the second week of Passiontide which begins on the 5th Sunday of Lent
which is it palm or passion sunday
Which is it?Palm or Passion Sunday?
  • A bit confusing
  • Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
    • Commemoration of the Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem
    • Gathering in a place other than the Church
    • Greeting
    • Gospel Reading of the Entry into Jerusalem
    • Procession
    • Mass continues as usual
    • Reading of the Passion from either Matthew, Mark or Luke

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week

    • Follows a sequential reading of St. John’s Gospel
      • Chapters 12 – 13
  • Spy Wednesday
    • Reading of the betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot, indicating that it is the day that Judas Iscariot first conspired with the Sanhedrin to betray Jesus for thirty silver coins.
the chrism mass
The Chrism Mass
  • Generally celebrated during Holy Week
  • The bishop, joined by the priests of the diocese, gather at the Cathedral to celebrate the Chrism Mass
  • Bishop blesses three oils
    • The oil of catechumens
    • The oil of the infirm
    • Holy Chrism
    • These oils will be used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the diocese for the year.
    • Tradition of this Mass goes back to the early 5th century
  • Priest Renew their vows before the bishop remembering that it was at the Last Supper that Christ instituted the Ordained Priesthood
what is the paschal triduum
What is the Paschal Triduum?
  • Easter Triduum, Holy Triduum, Paschal Triduum, or The Great Three Days
  • It is one celebration with three distinct parts recognizing the Paschal Mystery of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ
  • Begins in the evening on Thursday with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper
    • Lent ends with the beginning of the Mass and the Season of the Sacred Triduum begins
    • Are the most sacred days in the Church year
how did the triduum begin
How did the Triduum begin?
  • Began and an intense time of preparation for catechumens prior to baptism at Easter Vigil
  • Sinners were reconciled with the Church on the Thursday Evening
  • Was revived and reestablished in 1955 with the Liturgical Reforms of Pope Pius XII
fun facts about the triduum
Fun Facts about the Triduum
  • Begins on Holy Thursday and ends at Easter Vigil
    • It is one continuous liturgy
  • On other Mass is celebrated on Good Friday
  • No weddings or funerals celebrated
  • Only sacrament offered is Anointing of the Sick
  • Most ancient liturgy of the church
    • Most parts date back to the early 2nd century (125 AD)
thursday of the lord supper
Thursday of the Lord Supper
  • Maundy Thursday (also known as Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, Sheer Thursday and Thursday of Mysteries
    • The word “Maundy” comes from the Latin word for commandment (mandatum)
      • As I have done so you must do – Foot Washing
      • “a new commandment,” that they “love one another.”
      • Do this in memory of me
the liturgy on holy thursday
The Liturgy on Holy Thursday
  • Tabernacle is Empty
  • Font drained
  • The presentation of the Holy Oils
  • The Singing of the Gloria – with Bells
    • ancient tradition of the Church, the organ and bells are silenced from the Gloria on Holy Thursday until the Gloria of the Easter Vigil
  • Liturgy of the Word
    • Story of the Passover from Exodus, The institution narrative from Corinthians, the Foot Washing from John)
    • The Washing of Feet
      • Not mandatory on Holy Thursday
      • Goes back to early Church. First official reference is 12th century when Pope washed feet of 12 deacons
the liturgy on holy thursday1
The Liturgy on Holy Thursday
  • Collection is for the poor
  • After receiving Communion Mass
    • Eucharist is left on Altar
    • Procession to place of Reposition
    • Altar in Church is stripped bare
    • No ending of Mass – all depart in silence
good friday
Good Friday
  • Friday of the Passion of the Lord
    • Generally only one service is held between 3 and no later than 9 pm
    • No Mass is celebrated on Good Friday
    • No Candles – no Altar cloth – no flowers
    • Congregation gathers in silence
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Good Friday
  • Liturgy has 3 distinct parts
    • Prostration before the Altar
    • The Liturgy of the Word
      • With the Solemn Intercessions
    • The Veneration of the Cross
    • The Reception of Holy Communion
holy saturday
Holy Saturday
  • No Mass celebrated
  • Church stands in silence before the Tomb
the great easter vigil
The Great Easter Vigil
  • A Vigil of Prayer, Fasting and Waiting
  • During the Night
  • The Liturgy
    • Part I: The Lucernarum – The service of Light and the Blessing of the Paschal Candle
    • The Singing of the Exsultet or Easter Proclamation
the great easter vigil1
The Great Easter Vigil
  • Part II: The Liturgy of the Word
    • 9 Readings prescribed
    • 7 Old Testament – 1 Epistle and the Gospel
    • Tells the Story of Salvation
    • The Gloria is Sung between the last OT reading and the Epistle
    • The Alleluia with Gospel procession
the great easter vigil2
The Great Easter Vigil
  • Part III: Baptismal Liturgy
    • Led by Paschal Candle
    • Litany of Saints
    • Blessing of Water
    • Baptism of Catechumens
    • Renewal of Baptismal Vows
    • Confirmation of newly Baptized
the great easter vigil3
The Great Easter Vigil
  • Part IV: The Liturgy of the Eucharist
    • The culmination of the Vigil
    • The Great and Solemn Blessing with the dismissal
    • The Triduum comes to a close with Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday Evening