The Maundy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper (4/18, 7PM) begins the Paschal Triduum, which is properly understood and experienced as one event. The Maundy Thursday institution of the Holy Eucharist, which is the sacrament of love, and the Lord's offering of himself in love on the Cross, and the triumph of that love in the Resurrection are one thing: the Lord's Passover, and so also ours, from death to life. We encourage you and your family to attend as many of the liturgies as possible. As Fr Allen said last week, "bring the children to Jesus, and let them feel absolutely at home in the Church's worship. And please, invite your friends and family, and share the announcements of these liturgies widely."
Maundy Thursday Mass at 7.00PM*
Good Friday Liturgy at 3.00PM
Easter Eve Mass at 8.00PM
Easter Day Mass at 9.00AM* & 11.00AM
St Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church, 89 Hasell Street
On Maundy Thursday (7PM) we celebrate the Mass of the Lord's Supper and our Lord's abiding Presence with us in the Holy Eucharist, a Mass which ends with the transfer of the Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose, where we may take our place with the Apostles to watch and pray in the garden. The Altar is stripped, our Lord is betrayed and given into the hands of sinners.
This Mass will be celebrated from the Roman Missal. For reference at home as you prepare for Mass, in the Divine Worship Sunday Missal, the Propers and Lessons may be found on page 396, or you may read the Lessons online:
Exodus 12.1-8, 11-14
1 Corinthians 11.23-26
The Collect: O God, who in a wonderful Sacrament hast left unto us a memorial of thy Passion: grant us, we beseech thee, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of thy Body and Blood; that we may ever know within ourselves the fruit of thy redemption; who livest and reignest with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. ℟ Amen.
On Good Friday (3PM) we offer the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion and venerate his Cross, and then receive the precious fruit of that Cross in the Holy Communion: our Lord's own Body broken for us.
In the Divine Worship Sunday Missal, the Propers and Lessons may be found on page 412, or you may read the Lessons online:
Hebrews 4.14-16; 5.7-9
The Collect: Almighty God: we beseech thee graciously to behold this thy family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be betrayed, and given up into the hands of wicked men, and to suffer death upon the Cross; who now liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. ℟ Amen.
On Easter Eve (8PM) we light the new fire in church yard and process together with the Light of Christ into the darkened church, and keep the Solemn Vigil of Easter, hearing God's promises of old, and seeing them fulfilled in the Lord's Resurrection, our sacramental life - which is our participation in Jesus' Death and Resurrection - renewed again.
In the Divine Worship Sunday Missal, the Propers and Lessons may be found on page 445, or you may read the Lessons online:
Baruch 3.9-15, 32-4.4
Ezekiel 36.16-17a, 18-28
One of the Collects: O God who dost illumine this most holy night with the glory of the Resurrection of the Lord: stir up, we pray thee, in thy Church, the spirit of adoption which thou hast given; that we, being regenerate both in body and soul, may render unto thee a pure service; through the same Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. ℟ Amen.
* Only three of the seven Old Testament readings will be proclaimed at our Easter Vigil Mass for pastoral reasons.
On Easter Day, Masses will be celebrated at 9AM (Roman Missal) & 11AM (Divine Worship).
On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not know the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.
In the Divine Worship Sunday Missal, the Propers and Lessons may be found on page 488, or you may read the Lessons online:
Acts 10.34a, 37-43
The Collect: Almighty God, who through thine Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ hast overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life: we humbly beseech thee; that as by thy special grace thou dost put into our minds good desires, so by thy continual help we may bring the same to good effect; through the same Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. ℟ Amen.