Monday, March 30, 2015

Holy Week Schedule at Assumption Grotto

This post contains the schedule for Holy Week at Assumption Grotto.  I'm also embedding images from  last year's Holy Week with a link to more.

Please don't make Holy Week participation conditional on what kind of parish or liturgy to which you have access.  Most people don't have access to an old, gothic parish where liturgy is celebrated in the manner you see here.  Go, and if you see or hear something illicit or bothersome, offer that up to God with the prayer, "Forgive them, Lord, for they know not what they do."  In this way, you give that which you have no control over, to God, while giving to Him, yourself.

Here is the schedule, also found at the main Assumption Grotto website.

I can tell you that the main events of the Triduum are all in the Extraordinary Form (1962 Missal): Holy Thursday, Good Friday's Tre Ore, and Holy Saturday vigil.  We do have a visiting priest - the same as last year - so, these are with all the solemnity Assumption Grotto can offer.

Holy Week 2015 Schedule
Assumption Grotto Church

Holy Thursday, April 2
(No morning Masses)
7:00 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Solemn High, EF) followed by Procession with Blessed Sacrament & Adoration in the church until Midnight

Good Friday, April 3
(No morning Masses)
12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m. •Tre Ore (three hour) Services (Extraordinary Form)
        •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 4
(No morning Masses and no 4:00 p.m. Mass)
1:00 p.m. Blessing of Easter foods and baskets
8:00 p.m. Solemn High (EF) Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday, April 5, Masses
6:30 a.m. English Low Mass
9:30 a.m. Solemn High (EF) Orchestral Mass: Missa Cantata in honor of the Sacred Heart by Eduard Perrone; Psalm 24 by Lili Boulanger; Judex from Mors et Vita by Charles Gounod
12:00 noon English sung Mass

Confessions (5 opportunities)

Thursday, April 2: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m; 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday, April 3: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m
Saturday, April 4: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m; 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Note: There will not be confessions Saturday evening
nor on Easter Sunday mor

The photo at top is from Holy Thursday.  Here are a few more.

Washing of the feet…

At the Altar of Repose where people remain with Our Lord until midnight.  This was the conclusion of the liturgy.

On Holy Thursday is when we hear the bells in the first part of the liturgy, then they fall silent giving way to the wooden crotalus.  This image is actually from 2008, but you can see it clearly here. It takes quite a bit of wrist action to snap it.

A few from Good Friday.

And, Holy Saturday Vigil, which is very long, but very solemn

Last year, a very old custom of using a yellow drape was brought back. It opens as the Gloria is rung out.  I'll explain this more during the week.

Of course, some of the youngest men of the altar handle the job of ringing bunches of bells when the Gloria is sung at the Easter Vigil.

See all pictures from Holy Week 2014, here.  There are just too many to show.  If you are in the area, come if you can.  Booklets are provided.

UPDATE: Fr. Perrone discusses why we should want to be in church on Thursday night and Friday afternoon. 


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