Holy Week observances began in Jerusalem in the earliest days of the Church, when devout people traveled to Jerusalem at Passover to reenact the events of the week leading up to the Resurrection. Egeria was a Christian who traveled widely during the period of 381-385 and wrote about Christian customs and observances in Egypt, Palestine, and Asia Minor. She described how religious tourists to Jerusalem reenacted the events of Holy Week. On Palm Sunday afternoon, the crowds waved palm fronds as they made a procession from the Mount of Olives into the city. Of course, the observances must have begun quite a number of years before Egeria witnessed them, or they wouldn’t have been so elaborate. It’s just that Egeria’s description is the earliest we still have. The tourists took the customs home with them. Holy week observances spread to Spain by the fifth century, to Gaul and England by the early seventh century. They didn’t spread to Rome until the twelfth century. The purpose of Holy Week is to reenact, relive, and participate in the passion of Jesus Christ. Holy Week is the same in the eastern and western Church, but because eastern Christians use the Julian Calendar to calculate Easter, the celebrations occur at different times. The parish community of Holy Spirit Synodal Catholic Church warmly invites and encourages you to make holy these days with purpose, prayer, charity and worship. All are truly welcomed in this place!
Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion April 9th, 10:30am
- Blessing of Palm Branches and Procession - Proclamation of the Passion - Italian Potluck Dinner follows the Palm Sunday Liturgy.
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper April 13th, 7:30pm
- Washing Mandate of Christian Service - Celebration of the Holy Eucharist - Stripping of the Altar - Gethsemane Watch: Eucharistic prayer watch until 12 midnight.
Good Friday Liturgy of the Lord's Passion April 14th, 7:30pm
- Day of Fasting, Abstinence, and Charity for Others - Proclamation of the Lord's Passion - Solemn Intercessions - Veneration of the Cross
Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Liturgy April 15th, 8:00pm
- Blessing of the Easter Fire and Paschal Candle - Solemn Liturgy of the Word - Blessing of Easter Water and the Renewal of Baptismal Commitment - Sacrament of Confirmation - Celebration of the Easter Eucharist
Easter Sunday Liturgy of the Resurrection April 16th, 10:30am
- Renewal of Baptismal Commitment - Sung Easter Liturgy
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