The importance of the Resurrection is what makes this week HOLY. St. Paul reminds us, that if Christ did not rise from the dead our faith would be useless. We celebrate Holy Week as a reminder that we have been redeemed. We gather together in churches throughout the world to place our faith on the line reflecting on the many mysteries that we are called upon to believe. The Easter Triduum is our annual opportunity to join together in prayer so that as a community of faith we might support each other in recognizing the importance of the risen Lord. The meaning of Christ's resurrection can only be understood by those who believe that the Lord is risen and bear testimony to the new life that God has given us all.
HOLY THURSDAY is the most complex and profound of all religious observances, saving only the Easter Vigil. It celebrates both the institution by Christ himself of the Eucharist and of the institution of the priesthood. The Holy Thursday liturgy, celebrated in the evening because Passover began at sundown, also shows both the worth God ascribes to the humility of service, and the need for cleansing with water (a symbol of baptism) in the Mandatum, or washing in Jesus' washing the feet of His disciples, and in the priest's stripping and washing of the altar.
The action of the Church on this night also witnesses to the Church's esteem for Christ's Body present in the consecrated Host in the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, where it will remain 'entombed' until the communion service on Good Friday. No Mass will be celebrated again in the Church until the Easter Vigil proclaims the Resurrection.
GOOD FRIDAY the Friday before Easter, commemorates the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross. No Mass is celebrated on Good Friday; instead, the Church celebrates a special liturgy in which the account of the Passion according to the Gospel of John is read, a series of intercessory prayers are offered, and the faithful venerate the Cross. The Good Friday liturgy concludes with the distribution of Holy Communion . Since there was no Mass, Hosts that were reserved from the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday are distributed instead.
Fasting and Abstinence—Good Friday is a day of strict fasting and abstinence. Catholics who are over the age of 18 and under the age of 60 are required to fast, which means that they can eat only one complete meal and two smaller ones during the day, with no food in between. Catholics who are over the age of 14 are required to refrain from eating any meat, or any food made with meat, on Good Friday.
EASTER VIGIL The Easter Vigil, also called the Paschal Vigil, is a service held in traditional Christian churches as the first official celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus. Historically, it is during this service that people are baptized and that adult catechumens are received into full communion with the Church. It is held in the hours of darkness between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Day — most commonly in the evening of Holy Saturday — and is the first celebration of Easter, days traditionally being considered to begin at sunset. In the Roman Catholic Church, the Easter Vigil is the most important service of public worship and Mass of the liturgical year. All Catholics should try to attend this beautiful service. The vigil is divided into four parts: 1) service of light, 2) liturgy of the Word, 3) liturgy of Baptism, and 4) liturgy of the Eucharist.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Monday, Wednesday, Friday in the Monastery Chapel from 11:30 AM–1:30 PM. Adoration will continue after Easter.
Rosary each weekday at 5 PM in Corr Chapel
Sacrament of Reconciliation Tuesday at 3:30 to 4:30 PM and every Wednesday evening during Lent from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the Church or by appointment in Campus Ministry. There are no afternoon confessions on Wednesday of this week.
Lenten Communal Penance Service Monday, April 14 at 7:30 PM in the church. Several priests will be available for individual confession of sin and absolution. Please join us.
Stations of the Cross every Wednesday during Lent at 7:30 PM in the Church. Please join us for all or part of this special Lenten devotion.
Faculty & Staff Morning of Reflection Thursday April 17, at 10 in Corr Chapel. Reflection and prayer offered by Fr. Joe Mostardi, O.S.A. – What does it mean for the world that Christ has risen?
• Pray to deepen our relationship with God and reflect on what type of person He calls us to be.
• Fast to remove the things that get between us and God and to live in solidarity with those in need.
• Give alms to our brothers and sisters in need, honoring Jesus’ call to serve our neighbors.
Lent 2014—Daily Reflections by Our Villanova Community—printed copies available in Corr Chapel or online here.
Alleluia! Alleluia! In the spirit of St. Augustine, let us consider the Gospel for Divine Mercy Sunday as we continue to celebrate the Easter season. The Gospel opens with a picture of us, Christ’s disciples: afraid, doubting, locked up. Oftentimes, like the disciples in the Gospel, I find it difficult to understand the significance and beauty of Christ’s Death and Resurrection. I am happy on Easter Sunday, but am not sure how to celebrate the other 50 days of Easter. In that doubt and confusion, I have a tendency to turn inwards in my faith. For Jesus, this must make very little sense. However, in His infinite and compassionate mercy, He comes to His disciples and simply offers us peace. As we approach Divine Mercy Sunday, may we be aware of the simplicity and necessity of Christ’s peace, which is given to us as freely as each breath we take.
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