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Holy Week begins today.  This is such an important week for us as Catholic Christians.  We’ve already spent these weeks of Lent really trying to be intentional about deepening our relationship with the Lord through acts of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  Now we just have one more week to get ready for the Resurrection of Our Lord, so we ought to make the most of it!  Here are some notes about Holy Week, including some things you can do to make this Holy Week as meaningful as possible:

  • Chrism Mass:  The Chrism Mass will take place at St. Matthew’s on Monday at 7:30pm.  This is a beautiful Mass where, among other things, you can see the holy oils (the oils used in the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Order and Anointing of the Sick) blessed for the year.  Please note that, because of the Chrism Mass, we will not have our 5:30pm Mass on Monday March 26th here at Christ the King.
  • Confession:  We will offer several extra confession times this week, including Tuesday and Wednesday at evenings, and Thursday morning at 9:00am.
  • Morning Prayer:  In place of our morning Masses on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, we will celebrate Morning Prayer together in the church, a great way to start your day in anticipation of the beautiful liturgies of Holy Thursday and Good Friday.  Divine Mercy Novena:  The Divine Mercy Novena will begin on Friday at 3:00pm in the Holy Cross Chapel.
  • Triduum Liturgies:  The Triduum are the holiest days of the church year, and they are also some of the most beautiful liturgies of the year.  If you haven’t been to them before, I highly encourage it.  You won’t be disappointed!
  • The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday will begin at 7:00pm.  At this Mass we’ll remember when Jesus instituted the Eucharist and the priesthood at the Last Supper the night before He died.  This Mass also includes the Washing of the Feet, remembering when Jesus washed the feet of His disciples in order to show us that a true leader must be a servant to everyone.
  • Our service Good Friday, the only day of the year when Mass is not celebrated, will begin at 1:00pm.  On Good Friday we remember Jesus’ Passion and death, and this service includes the opportunity to venerate His Cross.
  • The Easter Vigil will begin on Saturday at 9:00pm.  This is the holiest night of the church year, and the Vigil Mass is an incredible experience, especially if you’ve never been.  This Mass features our parishioners who have been preparing to enter the Catholic Church through Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation receiving these sacraments for the first time.  Please keep these folks in your prayers in a special way this week.
  • On Easter Sunday, we will observe our normal Sunday Mass schedule.

 

There’s clearly a lot going on this week, but that’s only fitting for such an important time!  I hope that all of you are able to take advantage of some or all of these opportunities throughout the week.  You’ll be glad you did!