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 2:
At the Mass of the Lord's Supper, Fr. Nick was the celebrant assisted by Deacon Mike along with acolytes
Mary-Lou Giacomelli, Karen Kahn, Beth Cartwright, and Richard Kohler.
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, included the Presentation of the Holy Oils. The Oil of the Sick was presented by Andrew Dernovsek.
The Oil of Catechumens was presented by Adam Koudsi.
The Oil of Chrism was presented by Dominic Garcia.
The First and Second Readings are proclaimed by Sandy Dunlap and Doug Bayer.
The Gospel was proclaimed by Deacon Mike before Father Nick spoke his homily.
Fr. Nick washed the feet of six parishioners during the Holy Thursday Mass.
The Holy Thursday Mass choir: Jacquie Stewart, Rosalinda Renskoski, Beth Goddard, Joe D'Angelo,
Christina Wilson (director), and Doug Bayer.
The Holy Eucharist was carried by Fr. Nick in procession through the church as it was transferred into a place of reposition in the Parish Center. Acolytes Mary-Lou Giacomelli, Karen Kahn, Beth Cartwright, and Richard Kohler lead the procession.
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 3:
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 Michael Frant 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 Michael Franta and Richard Kohler assisting.
The First and Second Readings were proclaimed by Mary-Lou Giacomelli and Veronica Garcia.
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. Racki spoke the homily followed by the reading of the Solemn Intercessions by Deacon Mike.
After the Solemn Intercessions, acolyte Richard Kohler unveiled the crucifix.
The Adoration of the Cross with Deacon Mike assisted by Richard Kohler and Michael Franta.
The choir for the Good Friday service: Jacquie Stewart, Rosalinda Renskoski, Beth Goddard, Joe D'Angelo, Doug Bayer,and Christina Wilson (director).
Paschal Vigil of the Easter Triduum, Easter Vigil in the Holy Night Mass, April 4:
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.
An hour before the Easter Vigil Mass, the rays from the setting sun were coming through the red tongues of fire in the stained glass window on the west wall of the nave and projecting onto the crucifix over the altar. And earlier they were projecting onto the sacristy wall around the hanging candle fixture.
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, Brook Flynn, Grace Flynn, and Richard Kohler.
Fr. Nick incenses the Paschal Candle and then proclaims the Exsultet.
The First Reading is proclaimed by Mary-Lou Giacomelli and the Third Reading by Jacquie Stewart with each followed by the singing of the Responsorial Psalm by the choir.
The choir for Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Mass: Jacquie Stewart, Rosalinda Renskoski, Joe D'Angelo,
Beth Goddard, Doug Bayer, Christina Wilson (director), Brenda Wilson, and Braden Wilson.
The Sixth Reading is proclaimed by Doug Bayer and the Epistle by Kathy Gardina with each followed by the singing of the Responsorial Psalm by the choir.
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 and the Sprinkling Rite.
Fr. Nick celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation for Andrew Dernovsek.
Deacon Mike proclaimed the General Intercessions
Easter Sunday of the Easter Triduum, Resurrection of the Lord Mass, April 5:
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 Beth Cartwright and Richard Kohler.
Fr. Nick incensed the altar and the Paschal Candle.
The First and Second Readings are proclaimed by Bill Tschumper and Joe D'Angelo.
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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