01 April 2014

Holy Week Services 2014

Holy Week is the most solemn time in the Church’s year. It commemorates the final week of Jesus’ earthly life: the entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday), the Last Supper (Maundy Thursday) and the Crucifixion (Good Friday). Each day has its own distinctive customs in which the drama of our Lord’s last days.

All are welcome. 

Sunday 13 April: The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

5 pm (Vigil)
9 am, Sung Mass
10.30 am, Blessing and Procession of Palms beginning at St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral
11 am, Solemn Mass with Singing of the Passion

Monday 14 April: Holy Monday

6.15 pm, Mass

Tuesday 15 April: Holy Tuesday

12:15 pm, Contemplative Mass
6.15 pm, Mass

Wednesday 16 April: Holy Wednesday

6.15 pm, Mass
7.30 pm, Tenebrae
Tenebrae (‘shadows’ or ‘darkness’) is a special service in Holy Week featuring the gradual extinguishing of candles while readings and psalms are sung, and the service ends in darkness.

Thursday 17 April: Maundy Thursday

7.30 pm, Mass of the Lord’s Supper with the Stripping of the Altars and the Watch of the Passion
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday features foot-washing, where priest and people wash and dry one another’s feet.

Friday 18 April: Good Friday

9 am, Liturgy of the Day
3 pm, Solemn Liturgy with Singing of the Passion
A special rite that features the dramatic reading or singing of the St John Passion; a series of special prayers for the world and the church; the Veneration of the Cross; and Holy Communion from the reserved sacrament. 

Sunday 20 April: Easter Sunday

5.30 am, The Easter Vigil
9.30 am, Procession and Solemn Mass
We gather outside the church at 5.30 am for the lighting of the New Fire and Blessing of the Easter Candle. Moving to the Hall, the Easter Proclamation is sung, then the history of salvation is recounted in readings from the Old Testament. The Litany of the Saints is sung while a procession enters the church for the Renewal of Baptismal Promises. The ceremonies climax with the celebration of the first eucharist of Easter. Our Easter celebrations continue with the Solemn Mass of Easter Day.

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