Lent prepares the Church in a number of ways so that we can celebrate the Sacred Triduum (the period between Holy Thursday evening and Easter Sunday evening) with renewed spiritual fervor and joy. The Triduum is the summit of the Church’s year for it celebrates the central mysteries of our salvation in Christ. Therefore, the Church proposes that all God’s children should celebrate these liturgies as one family.
So, I want to now encourage you to make plans to do so. We begin with the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at 6:00 p.m. On Good Friday the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion is at 3:00 p.m. The primary liturgy of the Church’s year is the Easter Vigil which will begin at 8:30 p.m. on Holy Saturday night. These are the most special liturgies celebrated annually by Holy Mother Church. Additional liturgies and devotions are also celebrated these days. Go to our parish’s web site (thefirstparish.org) for the full schedule which is now available.
On Easter Sunday our parish will celebrate its normal Mass schedule – 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the Cathedral as well as 8:00 a.m. at Saint Benedict the Moor Church. As well, we are adding a 1:00 p.m. Mass in the Cathedral. That will be six Masses offered in our parish on Easter Sunday. We are hopeful that by adding the extra Mass we will be able to serve more people throughout the day.