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The Triduum services are covered in chronological order beginning with Holy Thursday. If you wish to jump directly to another service, use these links: Good Friday   Easter Vigil   Easter Sunday 

Holy Thursday of the Easter Triduum, Mass of the Lord's Supper, March 28:
At the Mass of the Lord's Supper, Fr. Nicodemus was the celebrant assisted by Deacon Mike along with acolytes
Sam Dunlap, Richard Kohler, Grace Flynn, and Brooke Flynn.
    During the evening of Holy Thursday, the Mass of the Lord's Supper is celebrated because the Passover began at sundown. This is a very joyful Mass, as we recall the institution of the Holy Eucharist and the priesthood. Fr. Nicodemus wore white vestments, the Gloria is sung and the bells were rung. After the Gloria, we will not hear organ music and the bells until the Easter Vigil. The Liturgy of the Mass recalls the Passover, the Last Supper, which includes the Washing of the Feet. The hymn As I Have Done For You was was sung at this time. After the Communion Prayer, there was no final blessing. The Holy Eucharist was carried in procession through church and then transferred into a place of reposition. The hymn Pange Lingua was also sung at this time.
    After the Mass, we recall the Agony in the Garden, and the arrest and imprisonment of Jesus. The altar is stripped bare, crosses were covered. The Eucharist has been placed in an altar of repose, and was open for silent adoration, to answer Christ's invitation "Could you not, then, watch one hour with me?" (Matt 26:40)
Holy Thursday incensing altar
Fr. Nicodemus incensed the altar and the cross at the beginning of the Mass of the Lord's Supper.
Holy Thursday incensing cross
Holy Thursday readers
The First and Second Readings are proclaimed by Bill Tschumper and Rich Hrpcha.
Holy Thursday choir
The choir, directed by Christina Wilson, singing the Responsorial Psalm.
Holy Thursday gospel and homily
The Gospel was proclaimed by Deacon Mike before Father Nicodemus spoke his homily.
Holy Thursday washing feet 1
Fr. Nicodemus washes the feet of twelve parishioners during the Holy Thursday Mass.
Holy Thursday washing feet 2
Oil of the Sick
Doug Bayer presents the blessed Oil of the Sick to Fr. Nicodemus and Deacon Mike.
Oil of Catechumens
Sandy Dunlap presents the blessed Oil of Catechumens to Fr. Nicodemus and Deacon Mike.
Oil of Chrism
Debbie Bayer presents the blessed Oil of Chrism to Fr. Nicodemus and Deacon Mike.
procession on Holy Thursday
The Holy Eucharist was carried by Fr. Nicodemus in procession through church and transferred into a place of reposition in the Parish Center.
Holy Thursday reposition altar
The Eucharist has been placed in the altar of repose by Fr. Nicodemus.

Good Friday of the Easter Triduum, Passion of the Lord Service, March 29:
According to the Church's ancient tradition, the sacraments are not celebrated on Good Friday nor Holy Saturday. Celebration of the Lord's Passion was celebrated at three o'clock in the afternoon, according to tradition. At the Mass of the Lord's Supper, Fr. John Kauffman was the celebrant assisted by Deacon Mike along the acolytes Sam Dunlap and Richard Kohler.
   The altar was completely bare, with no cloths, candles nor cross. The service is divided into three parts: Liturgy of the Word, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion. The Fr. Kauffman and Deacon Mike wore red vestments. The liturgy started with the priest and deacon going to the altar in silence and prostrating themselves for a few moments in silent prayer, then an introductory prayer was prayed.
   In part one, the Liturgy of the Word, we heard the most famous of the Suffering Servant passages from Isaiah (52:13-53:12), a pre-figurement of Christ on Good Friday. Psalm 31 is the Responsorial Psalm "Father, into Your hands I commend my spirit." The Second Reading is from the letter to the Hebrews, 4:14-16; 5:7-9. The Gospel Reading is the Passion of St. John. The Solemn Intercessions conclude the Liturgy of the Word.
   Part two is the Veneration of the Cross. While a veil was removed from cross above the altar, an unveiled cross was processed through the church, and then venerated by the congregation. We joyfully venerate and kiss the wooden cross "on which hung the Savior of the world." During this time the "Reproaches" were sung.
   Part three, Holy Communion, concludes the Celebration of the Lord's Passion. The ciborium containing the Blessed Sacrament was brought to the altar from the place of reposition. The Our Father and the Ecce Agnus Dei were recited. The congregation received Holy Communion, there was a "Prayer After Communion," and then a "Prayer Over the People," and everyone departed in silence.
Good Friday entrance
The Good Friday service was celebrated by Fr. John Kauffman and Deacon Mike with acolytes Richard Kohler and Sam Dunlap assisting.
Good Friday readers
The First and Second Readings were proclaimed by Sandy Dunlap and Roger Squire.
Good Friday choir
The choir, directed by Christina Wilson, singing the Responsorial Psalm for the Good Friday service.
Good Friday gospel
The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John was proclaimed by Deacon Mike (narrator),
Fr. Kauffman (Jesus), and Patrick O'Connor (voice – at the choir lectern).
Good Friday passion readers
Good Friday homily
Fr. Kauffman spoke the homily followed by acolyte Sam Dunlap unveiling the cross.
Good Friday veneration of the cross 1
The Veneration of the Cross began with the cross being processed in by Fr. Kauffman and Deacon Mike.
Good Friday veneration of the cross 2
Good Friday veneration of the cross 3
After Holy Communion, there were concluding prayers and everyone departed in silence.

Paschal Vigil of the Easter Triduum, Easter Vigil in the Holy Night Mass, March 30:
On Holy Saturday the Church waits at the Lord's tomb, meditating on his suffering and death. The altar is left bare, and the sacrifice of the Mass is not celebrated. Only after the Paschal Vigil in the Night, held in anticipation of the resurrection, does the Easter celebration begin, with a spirit of joy that overflows into the following period of fifty days.
Easter Vigil blessing of the fire
Fr. Nicodemus and Deacon Mike perform the Blessing of the Fire and Preparation of the Candle under subdued lighting with acolytes Brooke Flynn and Sam Dunlap (pictured), and Richard Kohler and Grace Flynn.
Blessing of the Candle
Blessing of the Candle & the Exsultet
Fr. Nicodemus incenses the Paschal Candle and proclaims the Exsultet.
First Reading and Responsorial Psalm
The First Reading is proclaimed by Mary Lou Giacomelli followed by the singing of the Responsorial Psalm by Patrick O'Connor.
Third Reading and Responsorial Psalm
The Third Reading is proclaimed by Joan Kohler followed by the singing of the Responsorial Psalm by
Brenda Wilson.
Sixth Reading and Responsorial Psalm
The Sixth Reading is proclaimed by Sandy Dunlap followed by the singing of the Responsorial Psalm by
Carly Dunlap and Michelle Tompkins.
Epistle and Responsorial Psalm
The Epistle is proclaimed by Veronica Garcia (inset) followed by the singing of the Responsorial Psalm
by the choir.
Vigil gospel and homily
The Easter Vigil Gospel is proclaimed by Deacon Mike and the homily is spoken by Fr. Nicodemus.
Vigil blessing of the baptismal water
Fr. Nicodemus celebrates the Blessing of the Water with the Pascal Candle followed by the Renewal of Baptismal Promises.
Sprinkling of the assembly
Fr. Nicodemus then sprinkled of the assembly with the blessed water. 

Easter Sunday of the Easter Triduum, Resurrection of the Lord Mass, March 31:
Easter is the feast of feasts, the unending joy and gladness of all Christians. This is the day which the Lord has made. Throughout the octave we shall sing of the unequalled joy which throws open eternity to us. Every Sunday will furnish a reminder of it, and from Sunday to Sunday, from year to year, the Easters of this earth will lead us to that blessed day on which Christ has promised that He will come again with glory to take us with Him into the kingdom of His Father.
Entrance and First Reader
Fr. Nicodemus and Deacon Mike celebrating the Easter Mass assisted by acolytes Grace Flynn and Richard Kohler. The First Reading is proclaimed by Rich Hrpcha.
Easter Mass responsorial psalm & second reading
Gina Hrpcha sang the Responsorial Psalm followed by Art Ondrejka proclaiming the Second Reading.
Easter Sunday gospel and homily
Deacon Mike proclaimed the Gospel followed by Fr. Nicodemus speaking the homily.
Easter Sunday sprinkling assembly
Fr. Nicodemus and Deacon Mike sprinkled the assembly with holy water.
Easter choir
The choir, directed by Christina Wilson, singing the closing hymn to the Easter Sunday Mass.

Thanks to the many parishioners who participated and contributed to the Easter liturgies—
   Helping to make the liturgies dignified and inspirational were the altar servers, including Sam Dunlap, Karen Kahn, Richard Kohler, Brooke & Grace Flynn.
   The contribution of the lectors is appreciated. They include Art Ondrejka, Bill Tschumper, Richard Hrpcha, Sandy Dunlap, Mary Lou Giacomelli. Patrick O’Connor, Roger Squire, and Veronica Garcia.
   Thank you to the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, including Kenneth Goertz, Richard Hrpcha, Patti Schultz, Roger Squire, Gary Kirsch, Richard and Joan Kohler, Connie Ondrejka, and Bill Tschumper.
   And we recognize, too, the corps of ushers who serve so faithfully, including Jerry Tracewell Steve Schultz, Gil Costello, Wayne Guilmette, Brian O’Connor, and Skip Northcross.
   Thank you so much to our environment committee, Dianne Whalen, Marilyn Eastwood and Debbie Senderhauf for picking up and arranging the flowers. And to those who donated for them.
   We thank those who brought the holy oils from the cathedral: Richard and Virginia Hrpcha.
   A special thank you to our choir which consistently provides inspiring music as part of our liturgies. Members include, Paul Piquette, Doug Bayer, Braden Wilson, Pat O’Connor, Joe D’Angelo, Michelle Tompkins, Carly Dunlap, Gina Hrpcha, Brenda Wilson, Jacquie Stewart, and Christina Wilson.
   Thanks to the dedicated service of sacristans Laura Piquette and her helpers Rosalinda Renskoski, Phyllis Dearborn and Gary Kirsch whose attention to details made the liturgies extra special.
   Of course, thank you Deacon Mike Patterson for always being a dedicated presence in the Sanctuary.
   Thanks especially to Father John Kaufman who drove up the hill for Good Friday, and Fr. Nicodemus
who celebrated a truly inspiring Holy Thursday, Easter Vigil, and Easter Day.


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