Photo Credits — Ed Stewart
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, April 17:
At the Mass of the Lord's Supper, Fr. Nick was the celebrant assisted by Deacon Mike along with acolytes
Sam Dunlap, Richard Kohler, and Karen Kahn.
During the late afternoon 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. 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, also known as Maundy Thursday, began with the entrance procession by Karen Kahn,
Fr. Nick, Deacon Mike, Sam Dunlap, and Richard Kohler.
Fr. Nick incensed the altar and the cross at the beginning of the Mass of the Lord's Supper.
The First and Second Readings are proclaimed by Rich Hrpcha and Sandy Dunlap.
The Gospel was proclaimed by Deacon Mike before Father Nick spoke his homily.
Fr. Nick washes the feet of six parishioners during the Holy Thursday Mass.
Patti Schultz presents the blessed Oil of Chrism to Fr. Nick and Deacon Mike.
Lenora D'Angelo presents the blessed Oil of the Sick to Fr. Nick and Deacon Mike.
Richard Hrpcha presents the blessed Oil of Catechumens to Fr. Nick and Deacon Mike.
The Holy Thursday Mass: Brenda Wilson, Rosalinda Renskoski, Jacquie Stewart, John Milder, Joe D'Angelo, Christina Wilson (director), Doug Bayer, and Paul Piquette.
The Holy Eucharist was carried by Fr. Nick in procession through church and transferred into a place of reposition in the Parish Center.
The Eucharist has been placed in the altar of repose by Fr. Nick.
Good Friday of the Easter Triduum, Passion of the Lord Service, April 18:
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, Msgr. Leonard Racki 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 Msgr. Racki 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 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.
The Good Friday service was celebrated by Msgr. Leonard Racki and Deacon Mike with acolytes Karen Kahn, Richard Kohler and Sam Dunlap assisting.
The First and Second Readings were proclaimed by Lisa Guarnere and Roger Squire.
Paul Piquette cantored the Responsorial Psalm.
The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John was proclaimed by Deacon Mike (narrator),
Msgr. Racki (Jesus), and Patti Schultz (voice – inset).
Msgr. Leonard Racki spoke the homily followed by acolyte Sam Dunlap unveiling the cross.
The Veneration of the Cross with Deacon Mike assisted by Karen Kahn and Sam Dunlap.
The choir for Good Friday service: Brenda Wilson, Rosalinda Renskoski, Jacquie Stewart, Christina Wilson (director), John Milder, Braden Wilson, Joe D'Angelo, Doug Bayer, Pat O'Connor, and Paul Piquette.
Paschal Vigil of the Easter Triduum, Easter Vigil in the Holy Night Mass, April 19:
On Holy Saturday the Church waits at the Lord's tomb, meditating on his suffering and death. 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.
Fr. Nick and Deacon Mike perform the Blessing of the Fire and Preparation of the Candle in the entryway of the church before processing in with acolytes Karen Kahn, Jess Franta, Sam Dunlap, and Richard Kohler.
Fr. Nick incenses the Paschal Candle and then proclaims the Exsultet.
The First Reading is proclaimed by Mary Lou Giacomelli followed by the singing of the Responsorial Psalm by Patrick O'Connor.
The Third Reading is proclaimed by Art Ondrejka followed by the singing of the Responsorial Psalm by
The Fourth Reading is proclaimed by Doug Bayer followed by the singing of the Responsorial Psalm by
Jacquie Stewart and Rosalinda Renskoski .
The Epistle is proclaimed by Connie Ondrejka.
The Easter Vigil Gospel is proclaimed by Deacon Mike and the homily is spoken by Fr. Nick.
Fr. Nick celebrates the Blessing of the Water with the Pascal Candle followed by the Renewal of Baptismal Promises.
Fr. Nick then sprinkled of the assembly with the blessed water.
The choir for Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Mass: Brenda Wilson, Rosalinda Renskoski, Jacquie Stewart,
John Milder, Joe D'Angelo, Christina Wilson (director), Braden Wilson, Paul Piquette (piano),
Doug Bayer, and Pat O'Connor.
Easter Sunday of the Easter Triduum, Resurrection of the Lord Mass, April 20:
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.
Fr. Nick and Deacon Mike celebrating the Easter Mass assisted by acolytes Grace Flynn and Brook Flynn.
The First and Second Readings are proclaimed by Dorothy Guilmette and Kathy Gardina.
The choir sang the Responsorial Psalm.
Deacon Mike proclaimed the Gospel followed by Fr. Nicodemus speaking the homily.
Fr. Nick sprinkled the assembly with holy water.
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