30 March 2009

Invitation to Tradition this Holy Week--UPDATED SCHEDULE

I apologize if this post is a little parochial, but the blog is called Saint Louis Catholic. I wanted to invite any readers who are not that familiar with the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, or with the traditional rites and ceremonies of Holy Week and the Triduum, to consider marking these important days at St. Francis de Sales Oratory.

The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest administers this beautiful Oratory, and its charism of beauty and excellence in the celebration of the Mass and other Sacraments makes this the perfect opportunity to (re-)introduce yourself to the Church's ancient liturgical forms.

Palm Sunday Solemn High Mass will be at 9:30 am; this is one half-hour earlier than the normal time. Receiving the palm from the priest at the altar rail, kissing the consecrated hands of the priest, who stands in persona Christi capitis, and the beauty of the traditional procession--with the priest knocking loudly on the closed doors of the Church with the processional Crucifix-- is a moving experience.

Daily Mass of Holy Week continues Monday through Wednesday at 8 am.

For the Triduum, the schedule is as follows:

Holy Thursday Solemn High Mass begins at 6:30 pm, with procession of the Blessed Sacrament and Adoration at the Altar of Repose until Midnight.

Good Friday service begins at 3 pm, with adoration of the Cross, the Lord's Passion and Mass of the Presanctified. One powerful tradition occurs immediately thereafter: the servers, seminarians and other ministers pound furiously on the choir stalls and the altar is "wrecked"-- candles knocked over and left in disarray-- to symbolize the earthquake that occurred upon the Lord's death.

Easter Vigil Mass begins at 9 pm. If you have never been to a traditional Easter Vigil Mass, you should consider assisting at this beautiful liturgy. The traditional customs are observed-- similar to the beginning of the Vigil Mass in the Ordinary Form, but with some noticeable differences. The Exsultet in Latin is not to be missed, and the choir at the Oratory adds greatly to the beauty of this Mass.

Well, thus ends my plug for St. Francis de Sales Oratory. Triduum at any Catholic Church is a profound experience, so by all means go where you can. But if you can make it to the Oratory, you are not likely to be disappointed.
UPDATE--full schedule:
Palm Sunday, April 5
8 am Low Mass
9:30 am Blessing of Palms, and Procession, High Mass

Monday in Holy Week, April 6
7:30 am Confessions
8 am Mass
6 pm Confessions
6:30 pm Mass

Tuesday in Holy Week, April 7
7:30 am Confessions
8 am Mass
6 pm Confessions
6:30 pm Mass

Wednesday in Holy Week, April 8
7:30 am Confessions
8 am Mass
6 pm Confessions
6:30 pm Mass

Holy Thursday, April 9
5:30 pm Confessions
6:30 pm Solemn High Mass, Procession to the Repository
Followed by Adoration at the Repository until Midnight

Good Friday, April 10
8 am Stations of the Cross and Confessions
2:00 – 6:30 pm Confessions
3 pm Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Followed by Adoration at the Holy Sepulcher until 8 pm

Holy Saturday, April 11
8 pm Confessions
9 pm Easter Vigil, Solemn High Mass
At the End of the Vigil Blessing of Easter Food (Bread, Eggs etc.)

Easter Sunday, April 12
8 am Low Mass with organ
10 am Solemn High Mass

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow...you quoted the unfortunate Father Z.

thetimman said...

Mea culpa!

Anonymous said...

No need ever to apologize for promoting our wonderful Cathedral of the South Side.