Thursday, March 22, 2007

Holy Week Schedule at Assumption Grotto

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil 2006: Fr. Perrone - stationary -carries the Paschal Candle as the altar boys - moving - follow in a flame.


Holy Week 2007 Schedule - Assumption Grotto Church

Holy Thursday, April 5
(No morning Masses)
7:00 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Procession with Blessed Sacrament & Adoration until Midnight

Good Friday, April 6
(No morning Masses)
12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m. - Tre Ore Services
Office of Midday (Sext)
Solemn Liturgy with sung Passion according to
Saint John; Veneration of the Cross; Holy Communion
3:00 p.m. Divine Mercy Prayers
7:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday, April 7
(No morning Masses and no 4:00 p.m. Mass)
1:00 p.m. Blessing of Easter foods and baskets
8:00 p.m. Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday, April 8, Masses
6:30 a.m.; 9:30 a.m. Orchestral Mass by Paul Paray; other music from
Rédemption by César Franck.; 12:00 noon

Thursday, April 5: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m; 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, April 6: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m; 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 7: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m; 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(Note: There will not be confessions Saturday evening or on Easter Sunday morning)

Altar boys and priests process in during the Tre Ore Services following the Office of Midday (Sext) on Good Friday, 2006

All bow as the "Gloria Patri" is prayed at the end of one of the psalms during Sext

The Crucifix following veneration at the conclusion of the Tre Ore Services

If you are within driving distance of Assumption Grotto, consider the drive in for one or more of our Holy Week Masses or services.

Also noteworthy is the Orchestra Mass that will take place at the 9:30am Latin Novus Ordo with Rev. Eduard Perrone conducting. This will feature a Mass written by Paul Paray for the 500th Anniversary of the Death of Joan of Arc and will have a very large orchestra. If you can't make that Mass, you will have another chance on Divine Mercy Sunday - likely the noon Mass. There is an opportunity to provide donations to aid the music program at Assumption Grotto after the Liturgy.

Note about Good Friday's Tre Ore Services

Each year Assumption Grotto seats fill closer to capacity as people learn about the unique and magnificent Tre Ore Service. I can guarantee that if you have never been to Assumption Grotto on Good Friday afternoon, you will be blown away.

If you have been given the day off by your company or school, give God those three hours, or at least part of that time and if possible, come to Assumption Grotto for this most solemn service. This year, by the grace of God, I may be able to provide some video footage.

What is so unique about it? (EDIT: Not all is "unique" per se, such as the priests laying prostrate (click the link two paragraphs down to find out what is suppose to happen when they enter the sanctuary during the Good Friday service).

It begins with a silent procession of priests and altar boys - entering from the sides of the church and all chant - alternating sides - the midday office.

Next, the priests and altar boys exit as silently as they entered, then return a short time later from the rear of the church as seen in the photo above. The priests then lay prostrate on the floor.

The Passion, which is normally read at most parishes, is chanted and sung in its entirety!!! Priests take the appropriate parts, and a variety of other singers, including the choir do the other parts. There are opportunities for lay people to sing, as well.

Then comes the veneration of the Cross, with a long trail of altar boys leading the way.

Hope to see you at the Grotto!


Moniales said...

Isn't the priest always supposed to lay prostrate at the beginning of the Service according to the rubrics? The only time I recall him not doing it is if was too old. Our chaplain and altar server and deacon(if we have one) always does.
It certainly sounds so beautiful there! We are limited because of our situation. One year we did sing the Passion but it was because we had a guest Dominican who could sing. The nuns sang the other parts "inside" at the mic at the lectern. Our chaplain can't sing so for now we just have to recite the Passion.

Shawn Tribe said...

Diane, please email me:

Sorry for the unrelated comment.

Diane said...

Moniales: Thanks for pointing out the lack of clarity in the way I worded as I rushed this morning.

I did include a link to the USCCB's website indicating the priest is suppose to make a sign of humility and it does talk about laying prostrate. But, correct me if I'm wrong - it sounds as if kneeling is acceptable. Of course, health reasons could exlude either.

I shouldn't have included that under unique, but my mistake was probably made because I had never witnessed a priest lay prostrate on Good Friday until I got to Assumption Grotto. In all fairness, I had not always been in attendance at the beginning of all those other Good Friday services, so maybe I just missed it.

Does anyone else see this at their parish on Good Friday?

Diane said...

Hi Shawn - check your email.

Moneybags said...

What wonderful pictures and an explanation. Honestly, I'm disappointing that I won't be able to travel to service at the Grotto on Good Friday. Someday in the future, probably when I'm in the seminary, I want to take a day and attend Mass at your church. I am always so impressed by your photographs.

Diane said...

We'd love to see you come Moneybags. Give us a head's up when you are able to come.

Domini Sumus said...

I have never seen a priest not prostrate at the beginning of the liturgy.