Category: Holy Week

Meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ

Meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ

imageMeditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ- 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.  This service is broken down into 15 – 20 minute segments of prayer, music, and meditations on focusing on each of the Last Seven Words. At 3:00 p.m. (the hour of Jesus’ death), the church bells ring seven times.

Why is the Alter stripped bare?

Why is the Alter stripped bare?

3 crosses in late eveningThis service ends with the removal of all beautiful and holy objects from the Sanctuary & chancel. This symbolizes the events that followed the first Eucharist. On that night, Judas betrayed Jesus into the hands of sinners, and our Lord was arrested, tried, and executed.

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What is Tenebrae?

What is Tenebrae?

stormy dark with cross in backgound“The name Tenebrae is Latin for “shadows” or “darkness.” The term has long been applied to the ancient monastic night and early morning services (Matins and Lauds) of the last three days of Holy Week, which in medieval times came to be celebrated on the preceding evenings.

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What is a Tabernacle?

What is a Tabernacle?

sacrament tabernacleA Tabernacle is a small cabinet or safe where the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ are reserved after the Eucharist. Throughout the following week, this reserved Sacrament of holy Bread and Wine are taken to those who are unable to attend the Holy Eucharist. Many people choose to kneel in private prayer before the Sacrament at the altar rail. At the Conclusion of tonight’s Mass the Body & Blood of Christ are removed from the Tabernacle & processed out of the church to the chapel where they will be placed in Repose on the altar.

The Week of Weeks

The Week of Weeks

sunset with single cross“Easter is the greatest feast, the feast of feasts, and is celebrated not only for a day or an octave of days, but for seven times seven plus one.” That Easter in its fullness consists of fifty days is no accident. For it is based on the great Jewish festival of fifty days that began with the opening of the harvest season two days after the start of Passover and extended until the Day of Pentecost.

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What does Hosanna Mean?

What does Hosanna Mean?

Hosanna blessed is he who comethHosanna is an ancient Hebrew exclamation which basically means, “save us!” The word Hosanna appears in psalm 118 verse 25, “Save us, we pray, O LORD! O LORD, we pray give us success!” This psalm was sung in Jerusalem during Passover with people waving palm branches as sings of victory and joy.

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

Christ riding as palms are being thown downThe passion begins. Ironically, the journey toward the most intense suffering is launched at the moment of greatest accolade. This is always the insidious deception associated at times with human approval. It is often fickle, shallow and insincere. Perhaps the Jubilation of Palm Sunday was not insincere.

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Easter Season

Easter Season

flowers with Christ in the background“Renewal of worship has rediscovered the value and significance of the Easter Season. Easter is not just “Easter Day,” it is the fifty days from Easter Day until the Day of Pentecost. During this season, Sundays might be better named ‘of Easter’ rather than ‘after Easter’ (‘The Third Sunday after Easter,’ for example, is better termed ‘The Fourth Sunday of Easter’).

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