Alleluia, Christ is risen - he is risen indeed, Alleluia!
The Sacred Triduum (Maundy Thursday - Mass of the Lord's Supper; Good Friday - Solemn Passion & Holy Saturday - Easter Vigil) was celebrated at St Clare's as in every other Catholic parish throughout the world. These are such important liturgies, they touch on the very core of our belief. So it was important that we tried to celebrate them as well as we could.
The Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper is a poignant celebration; it is touched with joy and sadness. Joy that the Lord would give us his body and blood in the Holy Eucharist, sadness that he would suffer his agony in the garden. And in the midst of the celebration there was the 'washing of feet - or the Mandatum.' Here those who had been journeying in the RCIA course and some of our Confirmation boys and girls entered into the ceremony. After the Mass there was the opportunity to 'watch' with our Lord at the Altar of Repose.
Good Friday is a very sombre liturgy where we hear the Passion according to St John, when prayers of intercession are prayed, where we solemnly unveil the cross and venerate and enthrone it, and where we receive Holy Communion.
The Easter Vigil is such a spectacular liturgy; all is made new for Jesus is risen from the dead. The elements are blessed: the paschal fire, light in the form of the Easter Candle, and later in the liturgy, water. The Old Testament story of Salvation is told, the gloria is sung with servers punctuating it with the ringing of bells. The great Easter Alleluia is intoned, the Easter Gospel is proclaimed, baptismal promised are renewed accompanied with the energetic sprinkling of water; and new members are received into the Church: David Botes & Peter Read. And then into the liturgy of the Eucharist. No Triduum would be complete without a soiree afterwards.
So much work and effort go into such occasions much of it unseen 'behind the scenes' and much thanks is due to so many.
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