This week is the most solemn and Holy Week in the Christian calendar. Easter Triduum Masses and Liturgy:
Spy Wednesday - 11.30am Mass of the Holy Oils at St Barnabas Cathedral
Holy Thursday - 7.30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Good Friday - Walk of Witness Pocession through town 10am, The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord 3pm
Holy Saturday - Easter Vigil 8.30pm
Easter Sunday - 9:00am Solemn Mass of the Resurrection, St Thomas of Canterbury Exton, 11:00am Solemn Mass of the Resurrection, St Joseph’s
This coming week is the most solemn and holy week in the Christian calendar as we recall, relive and re-enact, through our beautiful liturgies, the events of that first Holy Week.
At 11.30 am on Spy Wednesday will draw us together in our Cathedral Church, the Mother Church of our Diocese, when Priests, Deacons, Religious and the laity will gather around the altar with our Bishop Patrick to celebrate the Mass of the Holy Oils. During the Mass, all the Priests and Deacons present will renew their commitment to the ministry and vocation, as all the people present offer their support and encouragement. During the Mass, the Bishop will bless and consecrate the Holy Oils for us to use in our Diocese during the coming year. There are, as you know, three holy oils used in the Church’s celebration in the Sacraments; the Holy Oil of Baptism used during Baptism, the Holy Oil of Chrism used also at Baptism, Confirmation and Ordination, and the Holy Oil of the Sick used for the Anointing of the Sick. All anointing symbolises consecration and dedication to the Lord and also the healing power and touch of the Lord as He reaches out to us through the Sacraments.
Holy Thursday is a truly special day for all of us as we gather togetherat 7.30pm to celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, during which we will be having the Washing of the Feet as a sign of our service and love to, and for, each other. Fr Stephen and Deacon Raymond will renew their commitment to the priestly and deaconal ministry and service. Watching will take place until midnight, recalling the agony of Jesus in the Garden.
Good Friday is a day of fasting and abstinence, a day of solemnity as we recall the event of the first Good Friday. I hope that every parishioner will make a special effort to give some time to the meaning and the solemnity of this day and to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the cross and the story of our Redemption. Procession through the town at 10.00 am. Good Friday Liturgy at 3.00 pm.
Holy Saturday is a day of stillness as we recall Christ in the tomb. At our Easter Vigil ceremonies, beginning at 8.30pm on Saturday evening, we recall and relive through the beautiful liturgy of the church, the story of creation as we light the Easter Fire, the light of the Easter Candle, the proclamation of the Exsultet – the great Easter hymn of triumph, the blessing of the Easter Water and the public renewal of our Baptismal Promises, followed by the First Mass of the Resurrection