The Holy Preaching of Holy Obedience #2 – Pastor’s Reflection (March 6, 2016)
This Letter follows upon last week’s to set forth a plan for celebrating Holy Week in our Merged Parish. The plan rests on the principle that the Mass of the Lord’s Supper and the Easter Vigil should be celebrated only once in a community. Since they both manifest the unity of the Church, they should take place in the Parish Church, which in our case is St. Vincent Ferrer. The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion may be repeated at a later hour for the convenience of the Faithful. Therefore, we may have this celebration at each of our churches. Otherwise, we have tried to make Holy Week as inclusive as possible. In doing so we are tapping into the ancient practice of the Church in cities such as Jerusalem and Rome in which Holy Week was essentially processional. Here is a description of an ancient Palm Sunday.
As the eleventh hour draws near … all the children who are [gathered at the top of the Mount of Olives], including those who
are not yet able to walk because they are too young and therefore are carried on their parents’ shoulders, all of them bear
branches, some carrying palms, others, olive branches. And the bishop is led in the same manner as the Lord once was led.
[In the gospel accounts, Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey.]… From the top of the mountain as far as the city and from
there through the entire city … everyone accompanies the bishop the whole way on foot, and this includes distinguished ladies
and men of consequence.
From the writings of Egeria,
a 4th Century pilgrim in Jerusalem
Christ is sent into the movement of His Passion and Resurrection by the Father. He, in turn, sets the Church in motion through time. We have been set in motion. May it help us to become more fully the Body of Christ. May we support each other in the pain these changes must cause.
Sunday March 20 Palm Sunday
11:15 AM The Blessing of Palms St. Vincent Ferrer
11:30 AM Procession with Palms The Streets of our Neighborhood
Noon Solemn Mass St Catherine of Siena
4 PM Choral Vespers St. Vincent Ferrer
NB. Otherwise, the Mass schedule remains the same at both churches.
March 21, Monday of Holy Week – Reconciliation Monday
3 PM – 9 PM Confessions Heard in both churches
March 22, Tuesday of Holy Week
5:15 PM Mass, followed by an evening of reflection St. Catherine of Siena
May 23, Wednesday of Holy Week
We will not have Holy Hour today at St. Vincent’s in deference to the adoration of Holy Thursday.
March 24, Thursday of the Lord’s Supper
6:30 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper St. Vincent Ferrer
8 PM Procession to the Repository The streets of our Neighborhood
8:30 PM Adoration at the Repository St. Catherine of Siena
Adoration until Midnight with confessions being heard from 8:30PM as needed
March 25, Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion
Noon The Seven Last Words St. Catherine of Siena
3 PM Liturgy of the Passion St. Vincent Ferrer
5:15 PM Liturgy of the Passion St. Catherine of Siena
7 PM Mater Dolorosa St. Vincent Ferrer
March 26, Holy Saturday
8 PM The Paschal Vigil St. Vincent Ferrer
March 27, Easter
The regular morning schedule will be observed at both churches. There will be no evening Mass.