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Holy Week Resources for Parishioners

Find below resources made for the celebration of Holy Week for parishioners of St. Andrew’s Parish.

 Intercessions for Holy Week, Sacred Triduum, Easter Sunday

Holy Thursday

Attached you will find a Word Service that you can use tomorrow, Holy Thursday that will unite you in prayer with us in the parish. It is adapted from a service that was made available by Magnificat, a resource for the US for weekend and daily Mass. We are not recording Mass for tomorrow evening but we have included here the scripture readings and intercessions that we will be using.

Holy Thursday

Good Friday

This is the adapted service for Good Friday that we have used for several years in the parish for the family celebration. The cross that we used in the is the beautiful wooden crucifix that hangs in the family room/sacristy. It was a gift to St. Andrew’s from Deacon Greg De Marchi before he died three years ago. This year the corpus on the cross especially reminds us that even in the darkest and most terrifying and cruel of times, death has lost its sting and with the crucified and risen Christ by our side, all will be well. The cello piece at the end of the service is Prayer From Jewish life by Ernest Bloch. You can hear this piece here on Youtube

Stations of the Cross that we will pray in the church on Good Friday at 5.00pm can be found here

 

Holy Saturday

Good morning everyone.

There is an ancient tradition that the time from the celebration of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday until the church gathers for the Easter Vigil is spent in “gathering to linger and pray”.  Well, lingering is a problem this year but there is lots of time to pray.  On Good Friday I made reference to an ancient homily from the early church that begins “….there is a great silence over the earth, a great stillness, because the King sleeps.”  These hours on this Holy Saturday invite us to “linger” in anticipation of the joy that we will experience tomorrow as the Alleluias burst out of the cupboards where they have rested during Lent.  The King has risen as He said he would and we pray that our eyes will be open to see his glory.  We will miss the children and adult choir belting out the Hallelujah Chorus tomorrow morning.  However, we have heard it enough times that at least a few bars can find their way through our lips as we greet the new day.    

Social media has been full of very reflective and thoughtful postings during these days.  (There is a darker side too, but commentary on that is for another time.)  I have discovered some beautiful music that I might not have found otherwise and people are using creative ways to use music and poetry to move people along spiritually during these days.  I posted this poem earlier in the week on my Facebook page.  It speaks beautifully about why we need to linger during these days and this lovely piece of music that I discovered this morning sets just the right tone for today:  https://youtu.be/WIYM09-wJj0

 

We need to Linger

Before we get to Easter,

we need to linger:

in the vulnerability of the basin and the towel

at the remembrance and promise of the table

in the struggle and betrayal of the garden

in the shadows and shouts of injustice

at the bloody brutal beautiful cross

in the silence of linen and spices and death

For without these, the empty tomb is empty.

 

(We Need to Linger” by Rev. Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia found on her website revlisad.com)

 

Attached you will find the Word Service for Easter Sunday (thanks to the good people at Magnificat).  Mass for Easter Sunday will be available on our website for viewing anytime during the day tomorrow or during the coming week. 

For those who will miss the experience of the Easter Vigil with its many beautiful movements and themes, you might like this moving hymn by Dan Schutte, “Holy Darkness”.  https://youtu.be/5XeRKWqqH6w  It picks up so many of the themes that we hear throughout the evening beginning with darkness and light and anticipates the moment when we approach the font for the new water of Easter and the table for the Eucharist.  We look forward to celebrating baptism, confirmation and reception into the Catholic Faith later in the year with those who were expecting the sacraments this evening.

 Finally, be well, be safe, and may the joy and promise of Easter touch each of you and your family and friends this Easter.  We look forward to the day soon when we will gather and sing out the Alleluias of Easter with great joy. 

Fr. Con

 

Easter Sunday