Pastor’s Corner 4/9/2017

BEARING PALM BRANCHES IS A COMMITMENT TO KEEP HOLY WEEK HOLY.

Observance of Holy Week 2017 at Saint Rita Parish. I am looking forward to celebrating it with you.

PASSION (PALM) SUNDAY

A Christian should not let the holy irony of Passion Sunday escape him or her:  We begin (as did those first followers of Jesus) singing “Hosanna in the highest to the Son of David!” marking Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem—but only minutes later we will proclaim the Passion which marks almost complete abandonment of Jesus in face of the Cross.  Such is our life of faithfulness and sin even today.  Each mass will have its own blessing of palms; the 10 AM Sunday mass will be preceded be a solemn procession beginning on the South East corner of Baldwin and Alegria.

*NOTE: Processions, readings of the passion, or other parts of the liturgies may be long—feel free to remain in the church or be seated whenever this would be more comfortable or wiser to do.

Monday of Holy Week

There will be a regular weekday Mass at St. Rita at 8 AM, but the principal celebration of today will be The Mass of the Holy Chrism, to be celebrated by Archbishop Jose H. Gomez in the Mother Church, Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral  at 7:00 PM.  Here all of our auxiliary bishops, hundreds of religious and parishioners from all over the archdiocese, and well over 600 priests and deacons will witness Archbishop Gomez’ consecration of the Holy Chrism, The Oil of Catechumens, and the Oil of the Sick. The Chrism and Oils will then be distributed throughout the archdiocese for use in the sacraments.  All in attendance clergy, religious, and lay will renew vows and promises.  Any and all are welcome to attend this most impressive celebration of the Eucharist.  (If you plan to attend, get there at least one hour ahead!)

Tuesday of Holy Week

Regular weekday Mass, 8 AM (SCHOOL MASS)

Wednesday of Holy Week

Regular Communion Service, 8 AM

The Easter Triduum

HOLY THURSDAY

7:30 PM, Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper. This celebration of the Eucharist will include: the Solemn Reception of the Chrism and Holy Oils for use at St. Rita, the Commemoration for Jesus’ Washing of the Feet (What I have done you also must do!”), and after Mass the Procession of the Holy Eucharist to the Altar of Repose in the Msgr. Gara Parish Center.  The Holy Eucharist will remain for adoration until 11:30 PM.

GOOD FRIDAY

No Masses are allowed to be celebrated on Good Friday, nor will there be the presence of the Holy Eucharist in the church.  At 1:30 PM we will observe the Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday.  This will include: the Proclamation of the Passion of Jesus Christ; the Singing of the General Intercessions; the Solemn Entrance of The Cross followed by Veneration of the Cross; and Holy Communion.  Any remaining Eucharist will be once again removed from the church, recalling Jesus’ time in the tomb.

HOLY SATURDAY / EASTER VIGIL

The church remains empty and silent throughout the day.  [Those cleaning and preparing the church should do so quietly, using only whispered tones.]  The Solemn Liturgical Rites begin at 7:30 PM—Lighting of the New Fire and Blessing of the Paschal Candle (just east of shrine and outside the glass doors); followed by the Easter Proclamation (Exsultet); the Liturgy of the Word with three Old Testament Readings, Gloria and Opening Prayer, the Epistle, First Alleluia of Easter, and the Gospel—Celebration of Baptism, with the Blessing of Water and the Renewal of Baptismal Promises; and completion of the First Mass of Easter.

EASTER SUNDAY

The Masses of the Resurrection will be celebrated at the regular Sunday hours of 7:30 AM and 10 AM and at 12 Noon.

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