Tuesday, 16 April 2019 16:16

Holy Week Schedule 2019

holysaturdayFrom the very beginning of Christianity this time has always been devoted to a special commemoration of Christ's Passion and death through the practice of meditation, prayer, fasting, and penance. Holy Week, the climax of the Church Year, is rich in its timeless ceremonies and devotions. We hope that you will join us in these sacred days here at Saint Benedict Center.

Confessions during Holy Week:
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday – after 8:30 a.m. Mass
Holy Thursday – after 7:30 p.m. Mass
Holy Saturday – 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

commemorates the Last Supper of Our Redeemer, with the institution of the Holy Eucharist. After the Mass of Maundy Thursday, the bells cease to ring till the “Gloria in Excelsis,” at the Mass for Easter. This is done as a  sign of mourning, and in imitation of the silence and grief of the Apostles at the sufferings and death of Christ. All the altars are stripped, and the Blessed Sacrament is placed on the Altar of Repose, in remembrance of the desolation and loneliness of Christ on that awful night. High Mass at 7:30 p.m. followed by the Procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Which will be placed at the Altar of Repose. 

Watch and Pray… Please keep strict silence on the monastery grounds from after Holy Thursday Mass until after Mass on Good Friday. You are invited to represent your intentions by leaving a single rose on the Altar of Repose during the hours of the watch.

“It is finished.” This day should be held in sacred silence as much as possible, (especially from 12 noon to 3:00) as we relive, with all our attention and devotion, the precious death of our Divine Redeemer. The Church in her whole office expresses the deepest mourning and compunction. As sinners, we should let the sword of sorrow and contrition pierce our hearts as we relive the tremendous agonies suffered by Christ for us during the great tragedy of the first Good Friday. Reading of the Passion, Adoration of the Holy Cross and the Mass of the Presanctified, 3 p.m.

commemorates Christ’s rest in the tomb. No services are held in the church all through the daylight hours. It is only at night that the Easter Vigil starts with the blessing of the new fire and water and the Feast’s deeply impressive ceremonies. It is a night of joyful expectation, until finally the Alleluia proclaims the exultant message of the Resurrection and leads us to the glorious celebration of Easter in the Holy Sacrifice. No morning Mass … Blessing of the Fire and Water. Easter Vigil Mass at 8:30 p.m.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! “On this day salvation is given to the world both visible and invisible. Christ is risen from the dead; arise ye with Him! Christ has resumed His Body; return to the state of happiness which you had forfeited. Christ has left the grave; break the bonds of your sins. The gates of Hell are broken down; death is vanquished; the old Adam is destroyed, and the new Adam formed; be ye made a new creature in Christ!” (–Saint Gregory Nazianzen)  Regular Sunday Mass times ~9:15 Sung Mass.