THE SACRED PASCHAL TRIDUUM 2015
Holy Thursday, April 2
Lenten Morning Masses at 7:00am and 8:30am
7:00pm - The Lord's Supper at the Evening Mass
8:30pm - The Lord's Supper at the Evening Mass (Spanish)
Good Friday, April 3
No daily morning Masses
3:00pm and 7:00pm - The Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord
5:00pm - The Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord (Spanish)
Holy Saturday, April 4
No daily morning Mass
3:00pm - Easter Mass
5:00pm - Easter Mass
7:00pm - The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night (Bilingual)*
Easter Sunday, April 5
7:30am, 9:00am**, 11:00am**, 12:30pm
No 5:00pm LifeTeen Mass
**There will be overflow masses in the Parish Center at 9:00am and 11:00am on Easter Sunday
*Easter Vigil in the Holy Night consists of the Service of Light, Liturgy of the Word,
Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism and Confirmation) and Liturgy of the Eucharist.
HOLY WEEK, THE PASCHAL TRIDUUM, AND THE EASTER SEASON DEFINED
Holy Week is the week that commemorates our Lord's Passion and Death: the Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday); Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday of Holy Week; Holy Thursday; Good Friday; and, Holy Saturday.
The Great Vigil of Easter is the climax of Holy Week and the beginning of the 50 days of Easter
celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord.
THE EASTER TRIDUUM
The Easter Triduum of Holy Week is the holiest celebration of the liturgical year. It begins on Holy Thursday Evening (which signifies the end of the Lenten season) and concludes with the evening of Easter Sunday (3 days sundown to sundown).
The Triduum includes the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday,
the remembrance of Jesus' Passion on Good Friday, and the celebration Jesus' resurrection
at the Great Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday.
EASTER SUNDAY AND EASTER SEASON
Easter is the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ which is on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox. Easter is the most important holiday of the Christian year.
The Easter Season lasts for 50 days until the conclusion of Pentecost Sunday.
Pentecost is the Church's celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit. It comes from the realization that God's very life, breath and energy lives in, with and among us. Those who are Christians experience this life through Jesus because they see the Spirit so fully manifest in him. If you attend church on Pentecost Sunday, you will most likely hear read a passage from John's Gospel (20:19-23). It tells of a visit of the Risen Christ to the disciples huddled in fear. "Peace be with you," Jesus says. "As the Father sent me, so I am sending you." After saying this, Jesus breathed on them and added, "Receive the Holy Spirit." The breath, the life, of Jesus himself. We are God-breathed. Pentecost celebrates that reality.
Pentecost is considered the "birthday" of the Church.