Greetings in Christ!
Just like last weeks bulletin, I’m writing this on March 3rd, before I head out for a week off. Because of that, I obviously won’t be commenting on anything current. Instead, its my hope to use this and the next article to hype our upcoming Triduum Feasts at Sacred Heart and St. Mary. Last week, I posted on Good Friday and, this week, I want to walk us through Holy Saturday.
On Holy Thursday, we sat at the Last Supper with Jesus. He washed our feet and gave us the gift of the Eucharist. We then walked to the Garden with him. On Friday, we walked through the passion with Jesus and spent Friday night “in the tomb” with Jesus.
With our service on Holy Saturday, we move from the tomb to the Glory of the Resurrection. The service contains four parts: the service of Light, Liturgy of the Word, Christian Initiation and Renewal and Holy Eucharist.
The Service of Light begins outside where we bless our Easter Fire and Pascal Candle. The mass continues inside in darkness to remind us of Jesus in the tomb.
The Darkness in Church continues as we move into the Liturgy of the Word, where we read multiple readings from the Old Testament.
Then, the lights will all come on as we sing the Gloria together and read from the New Testament. The lights coming on and the Gloria being sung are the sign of our movement from the darkness of the tomb into the Glory of the Resurrection. We haven’t sung or said the Gloria in more than six weeks and we rejoice at this time.
If you wish, you can bring bells to this service and ring them as we sing. We will read from the New Testament and Gospel and have a homily.
We then move into the time when we bring into the Church those who have been going through RCIA for the last many months. This is a great and beautiful time where we remember our own baptism and thank God that we are a part of an unbroken chain of Catholicism and rejoice in those who join our faith.
Mass then proceeds as normal while we move into the Liturgy of the Eucharist as we usually do.
This service is long, but absolutely beautiful and, as with Holy Thursday and Good Friday, I strongly encourage all of us to make this our first priority: don’t miss this joy!
May Jesus bless our Lenten efforts!