Holy Week embraces the last days of Lent (until Thursday) and the Easter Triduum. The Sacrament of Penance is an excellent way to conclude the penitential season of Lent. It is best celebrated before Holy Thursday evening, so that, with heart and mind renewed, all may focus on the celebration of the Paschal Mystery.
.“Let the paschal fast be kept sacred. Let it be observed everywhere on Good Friday and, where possible, prolonged throughout Holy Saturday, as a way of coming to the joys of the Sunday of the resurrection with uplifted and welcoming hearts (SC10)
The Easter Ceremonies
Palm Sunday - This weekend we celebrated Jesus.’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem with the Blessing and Procession of Palms .
The Great Three Days - Triduum - the climax of the whole of our Christian Year. It is the celebration of the Paschal Mystery. The Jewish passover from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the promised Land anticipates and prefigures our Passover from the darkness and slavery of sin to the new life of the Risen Christ.
These three days make up one single celebration of our Passover from death to life. Each day we focus on a different aspect of that one passover.The Liturgy of the Triduum is the way we as a community celebrate publicly the Easter mystery. This commemorates not only historical events, but celebrates and makes present their saving effect in our lives and in our parish in 2014
Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper - Holy Thursday
During this Mass we have the Washing of the Feet and the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will continue after Mass until 11.00pm in the Cathedral Parish Centre
Solemn Liturgy of the Lord's Passion - Good Friday
We again hear the Reading of the Lord.’s Passion, pray for the salvation of the world, and have the unveiling and Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion.
The Easter Vigil - Holy Saturday
The Service of Light, the Readings, Liturgy of Baptism and the Mass of the Resurrection.