Palm Sunday 2018
With thanks to Lars Karlsson for photographs
The importance of the Easter Triduum.
The Triduum (Three days) of Easter are the most important of the Church’s year. They celebrate and summarise the whole of the mystery of our salvation and redemption. Every Catholic should strive to attend every one of the ceremonies where possible as they are like three Acts in a play. The ceremonies begin with the Sign of the Cross at the start of the Maundy Thursday celebration of the Lord’s Supper and we do not make the Sign again till the end of the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening.
This celebration commemorates the Last Supper, the institution of the Eucharist, the institution of the priesthood and the call to service of all Christians. All of the Triduum Services contain all of the others in embryo as it were. We cannot celebrate the Last Supper without thinking about Good Friday, we cannot think of Eucharist without thinking about the Lord’s body, blood, soul and divinity – glorified and resurrected as well as crucified. The Washing of the feet is an act of humility by the Ordained ministers but also by those who have their feet washed. The Period of Watching the Blessed Sacrament after the Mass represents the Agony in the Garden – “Can you not watch with me one hour?”
Is NEVER a Mass. Mass is a celebration – we commemorate today the Lord’s dying and mourn Him. The Passion is read; we adore a symbol of the True Cross – the Crucifix reminds us of the higher reality; we receive Communion consecrated at Mass the previous evening. One of the keynotes of the Service is silence – we enter in silence and we leave in silence. But we cannot ignore the fact that we know He will rise again – our mourning is tempered by our knowledge of our salvation.
Is a day of mourning. The Lord lies silent in the tomb.
Belongs properly to Easter Sunday, not Holy Saturday – it is supposed to begin after dark. It is a celebration of victory – light over darkness, new life over death etc. The Vigil is the most important service of the Church’s year. Sometimes people are put off because they fear the length of the Vigil. It involves 4 separate elements: The Service of light – blessing of fire and proclamation of Christ as our light, the lighting of the Easter Candle and proclamation of the Exultet; the liturgy of the Word – the most important proclamation of the Word – we re-live Salvation history from Creation to Resurrection; the blessing of the Baptismal Waters ; and finally liturgy of the Eucharist. It is a most moving and exciting service.
Please try and attend all of the above services if possible – or at least one of them, especially if you have never been before.
The Journey in Faith now meeting Tuesdays at 6.30pm in the Rectory.
Meets Saturday March 10th in church at 6.00pm
First Holy Communion Programme – The next meeting will be on Wednesday, 7th March at 6.30 pm. First Holy Communion Day (June 10, 2018).
Confirmations: Apologies that the meeting on 1st March was "snowed off"!
The Bishop has agreed to change the date, and thanks to Fr Trehy, the venue. Confirmations will be celebrated on 22nd May at St Margaret Clitherow, Haxby. Classes began on February 15th: next classes (Thursdays), 15th March, 19th April, 3rd May, 17th May. Year 9's and above who have not been Confirmed already. Criteria, residency within the parish or regular practice here.
An extended Meditation on the Stations of the Cross will take place on Friday March 9th at 7pm. A great way to prepare for Holy Week
Ecumenical Bible Study Group
The group began as a joint venture between the neighbouring churches of St George and St Lawrence but is open to everyone. About three times a year we meet for a short course of about six weeks to study aspects of the Bible or the Faith.
This year during Lent we looked at the biblical foundations of the 'Our Father' and the sources on which Jesus may have drawn when he answered the disciples' request for a prayer and references to it elsewhere in the gospels.
Another course is being planned for after Easter.