What's on the schedule for Holy Week?
I have rarely done 'extras' for Holy Week because I had a gaggle of little children. Now that my children are getting older it should be easier but my youngest dd doesn't do well out at night since her Rx wear off.....
but we are planning to go to a 9am prayer service on Thurs (followed by Confession) and then Stations at 2pm on Friday..... I figure it's progress since last year without causing undo anxiety for my dd.... we have never gone to Easter Vigil (too late for my children) but we are seriously considering rolling out of bed early again for 7am Mass on EAster
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I'm happy Holy Week is here! I got off track last week with my Lenten observances. I was traveling, I was sick, excuses, excuses. ;)
I'll be going to Holy Thursday mass and one of the two Good Friday services. I may go to the prayer services on Thursday and Friday morning too. I make the kids go to at least one of the evening services - they can choose which one - usually it's Holy Thursday.
We go to mass on Easter morning, rather than the Vigil mass. Besides the fact that it always worked out better for egg hunting, I really do like waking up on Easter morning and going to church. Seeing the church filled with sunshine and lilies is so special - though I'll bet the Vigil mass is beautiful, too, especially for those who are being welcomed into the Church then.
Great question, Karen!
We're ready here. We went to Mass this morning; my daughter was an altar server. She was the cross bearer and so had the task of carrying the cross all around church during the opening procession.
She will also be serving on Holy Thursday and Good Friday and will need to attend "practices" for both.
I will begin Holy Week as I did every morning this Lent, by going to Mass. Wednesday is a school Mass; they have a retreat day in preparation for the Triduum - Mass first thing in the morning, Living Stations mid-morning and quiet activities the rest of the day. It is a half day as it is the last day before break.
Thursday morning, I will bring DD to church for practice and we will return in the evening for Mass. Last year, I had the privilege of having my feet washed and then washing the feet of one of our priests. Not sure if that will occur again this year; the priest who asked me is a friend and he is notorious for forgetting to take care of things - such as lining up his feet washees. Last year, I arrived early because DD needed to be there 1/2 hour before Mass started (she was serving then as well) and he came over and asked me if I could "help him out" by having my feet washed. (It's a good thing that I had exercised late that afternoon and thus was freshly showered and had on clean socks, etc.). We have three priests in our parish; the one who celebrated the Mass did the traditional 12 in the front of the church while our pastor and other associate (my friend), who concelebrated
Kelly writes: "I really do like waking up on Easter morning and going to church."
that's how I feel as well Kelly..... same with Christmas
We've always gone to all of Holy Week services since dh and I sing in the choir for all of them. We are especially honored this year to have Francis Cardinal Arinze as the celebrant and homilist for the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday.
Some year, I will attend the Chrism Mass.
<>>>If either child had said they didnt' want to go, what would you have done with them?