Dear Fellow Parishioners,
Holy Week has begun! We find ourselves at the pinnacle of the entire liturgical year. We are invited to embrace the Paschal Mystery in all its glory. Yes, we reflect upon and enter into the life, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior. How easy it is to want to leap forward to Easter Sunday and the Resurrection; and yet, we know in our hearts that like our journey through life, our walk of faith must include all aspects of this central mystery—the valleys and peaks, the heartaches and joys, the despair and triumph. Therefore, our Holy Week journey will include:
Palm/Passion Sunday—the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, and the Passion (Luke); Holy Monday thru Holy Wednesday—the final hours of our forty-day Lenten preparation:
Monday—we focus on Jesus’ anointing at Bethany;
Tuesday—we recall the foretelling at the Last Supper of Judas’ betrayal and Peter’s denial of Jesus;
Wednesday—we retell the story of Judas arranging his betrayal of Jesus with the high priests;
Holy Thursday—The Mass of the Lord’s Supper commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus with His Twelve Apostles, the institution of the Eucharist, the institution of the priesthood, and the commandment of brotherly love Jesus gave after washing the feet of His disciples;
Good Friday—the Passion (John), the Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion;
Holy Saturday—the Easter Vigil:
The Service of Light;
The Liturgy of the Word—from the Creation to the Resurrection;
The Liturgy of Baptism—the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation for new members of the Church and the Renewal of Baptismal Promises by the entire congregation;
The Holy Eucharist;
Easter Sunday—Eastertide has begun!
I invite you to participate in this wonderful celebration of our faith.
Holy Week blessings,
Fr. Brian Fier
P.S. The Church of St. Edward has one candidate for Confirmation. Please keep Katie in your prayers as she enters into these final days of discernment. May she say “YES!” to our Catholic faith at the upcoming Easter Vigil.