Week of March 20, 2016
Now that we have begun Holy Week (our Church’s holiest time of year) I would like to remind everyone to please come to our Holy Triduum Services. The word, Triduum, means “three days” which would include: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil. These three days are regarded as one large, continuous celebration of our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection for us. It is divided into three days (or parts) so we can have better time to pray, meditate and truly absorb what God is doing for us! This year we are doing things a bit different as we share more and more liturgies between St. Peter and St. Paul.
We will begin Holy Thursday with the Seder Meal hosted by the Church of St. Peter at 5:30 pm. St. Peter has often been referred to as the “apostle to the Jews” so it’s appropriate that we begin here to connect with our Jewish roots. From there I encourage everyone to go on a sort of “pilgrimage” of only 20 blocks to the Church of St. Paul at 7:30 pm. as we celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper and partake in the New Covenant Jesus instituted for us. St. Paul is considered the “apostles to the gentiles” and so we are invited to become God’s Chosen People along with our Jewish friends as we celebrate this Eucharist Feast.
Good Friday, the second day of our celebration, will then be at both parishes: St. Paul at 1:00 pm. and St. Peter at 6:30 pm. We have these two services to accommodate those who may either get off during the day and for those have to work all day and are unable to take off. On Good Friday we walk with our Lord as he carried our sins to the cross and died for us.
Finally, we have the Easter Vigil at St. Paul beginning at 8:00 pm. In this celebration we use fire, water, word, oil, and bread as we trace back the history of our salvation from Old Testament to New, initiate new members into the Catholic Church, renew our own baptismal vows celebrate our faith in Christ. At this vigil we hear the Easter story of how Jesus conquers sin and darkness and death and so we can share a new life in Christ! This is all good news! This ultimately concludes the Triduum and our walk with Jesus from death to life again. You can also join us at our Easter Sunday Services at both St. Peter and St. Paul both at 8:30 am and 10:30 am each.
In this Year of Mercy I ask you to consider making that special effort to join us throughout. My hope is that we have wonderful turn out and come to a deeper understanding what God’s life and Mercy are all about. Peace and God bless!
Fr. LeRoy Scheierl