Holy Week – The Triduum (the Great Three Days)

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Holy Week is the pinnacle of the Christian year. Although we cannot be with one another in person this year, there are ways that we can all participate together wherever we are—to celebrate and ponder these mysteries communally.

This list was compiled as a guide, to help adults and children alike to participate in Holy Week as we maintain physical distance, but come together in spirit and in practice.

All Holy Week services will stream live on the Christ the King Facebook page:

https://bit.ly/CTKlive

Holy Thursday – 7pm

On Holy Thursday, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. During this remembrance of the Last Supper, we also participate in the practice of washing feet/having our own feet washed. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be washing feet during the Mass. We are asking you to help us complete the Mass as intended by washing each other’s feet at home during the live stream. Children love to wash their parents’ and siblings’ feet.

We finish this service by stripping the altar, removing the Lord from the tabernacle, and processing Him to His repose in a makeshift chapel. After this, many sit in darkness—in quiet vigil—as the disciples did the night of Christ’s arrest.

Supplies:

  • Basin, bowl or bucket
  • Pitcher with warm water
  • Wash cloth(s)
  • Towel(s)

 Good Friday – 7pm

Good Friday is a somber service. We reflect on the death of Christ and his sacrifice for us. This is the only day of the Church year where no Eucharist is consecrated. At its conclusion, our procession is in silence, and only candlelight remains. We wait in anticipation for resurrection.

As you see the church lights dim at the end, we invite you to light a candle and turn off the lights within your home. Spend some time in silence, reflecting on Jesus’ death. Please consider

Silence has long been a practice in the church to encourage our hearts to meditate on the mysteries of God’s might act of salvation. Please consider entering into a time of silence as a family as we meditate and absorb the sacrifice the Lord has made. Observing a reflective time of silence as a family is suggested to continue until the morning.

Attached are Stations of the Cross for your participation that may be colored by any children present.

Supplies:

  • Candle
  • Matches or lighter

 Saturday Easter Vigil – 7pm

Christ is risen! The Easter Vigil is the highest and most significant Mass of the entire year. In it, we recall the entire work of salvation through the scriptures, Psalms, and prayers. It is the first Mass of Easter and the first place that we can sing “Hallelujah!” During Lent we refrain from saying “Hallelujah” or the “Gloria”. At the Easter Vigil, we greet the Gloria with the ringing of bells loudly as we recite it. This is a great time to make a loud, joyful noise to the Lord. This Mass counts as your Easter Mass.

If you are participating in the Temporary Home Chapel initiative, please be prepared to receive the Lord in Eucharist.

Usually, at this Mass we bring people into the Church, we baptize, and we renew our baptismal vows. Some churches celebrate the Resurrection and the end of Lent by having Ice Cream Sundaes after the Mass has completed.

Then, at the conclusion of the service, walk out on to your porch or balcony or on to your front or back lawn, ring your bells, and shout “Christ is risen!” Let’s let our neighbors know in this crisis that there’s real hope for the world in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Supplies:

  • Bells
  • The Lord in Eucharist

 Easter Sunday – 10am

Easter Sunday is much like the Easter Vigil, the Hallelujah is resurrected with Christ at Easter after being “buried” during Lent.

Whenever we say “Alleluia” during the liturgy, ring your bells at home, make noise, and celebrate that Christ is risen!

If you are participating in the Temporary Home Chapel initiative, be prepared to receive the Eucharist with other members of your household by having the pyx ready with the Consecrated Host inside. After the celebrant says the “Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world” you can also lift up the Host in your hand and say, “I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof…” (and indeed, it will have a deeper meaning than ever under your own roof). After you hear the celebrant say, “The Body of Christ,” you may consume the consecrated host there at the same time as the rest of the Parish who are watching online.

Then, at the conclusion of the service, walk out on to your porch or balcony or on to your front or back lawn, ring your bells, and shout “Christ is risen!” Let’s let our neighbors know in this crisis that there’s real hope for the world in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Supplies:

  • Bells or noisemakers (you can make your own noisemaker by putting a few pennies in an empty can and taping over the top—feel free to come up with your own creative noisemaker)
  • The Lord in Eucharist

We wish to thank Fr. Kenneth Tanner, Deacon Andrew Montoro, and Kayla Montoro. of Holy Redeemer Church in Rochester Hills, MI for the main content of this article (highly edited and adapted). I wish to thank Ms. Miriam Weddle, the Office Manager at Christ the King Parish and Cathedral for all her work on this project.

 

 

Fr, Mark Kurowski

Fr, Mark Kurowski

Dean and Administrator

frmark@newpaltzchurch.org