Holy Week is the pinnacle of the entire church calendar. During this week, we travel with Christ to Jerusalem, to the upper room where He turned the bread and wine into His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. We travel with Him to the Garden of Gethsemane, to His trial, conviction, and finally His death upon the cross. But as we know, the story doesn’t end there.
Join the guys as they discuss the Holiest of Weeks.
At the end of our Lenten Sacrifice, the Church calls us into the three most holy days of our liturgical year. On Holy Thursday morning, traditionally Diocese throughout the world will celebrate the Chrism Mass. In this special mass, all priests of the diocese renew their promises made at ordination, and the holy oils for the diocese are blessed and consecrated. On Holy Thursday night, the church celebrates the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, where we celebrate the Last Supper and the first Holy Mass. On Good Friday, we celebrate the Passion of Christ where we read from the Passion Narrative according to the Gospel of John as well as adore the Holy Cross and pray for the world. On Holy Saturday during the day, no liturgies can be celebrated. This day, on Saturday in the daytime, nothing happens as Christ rests in the tomb. At sunset, the church celebrates the Easter Vigil, which includes a special fire, lots of candles, many readings and hymns, and the return of the Great Alleluia! These three very holy days hold so many mysteries and special prayers for the church at large.
Living in a monastery, these three very holy days take on even more of a solemn tone. Join Father Andy, Vince, and Brother Barnabas as Brother Barnabas talks about the celebration of the Triduum in the Monastery at Saint Vincent Monastery in Latrobe, PA.