Hearts on Fire: Encounter Jesus and Embrace God’s Kingdom
Triduum (Three Days)
Come and celebrate the peak liturgies of the Catholic Church’s liturgical year. Each liturgy is unique and yet they fit together as a single, extended celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Christ.
Embrace this great symbol of service; have your feet washed and wash another's.
We celebrate Jesus giving us the Eucharist as a continuing source of support and strength, and the call to service, as we hear John’s gospel of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples. All are invited to enter into this service by having their feet washed and washing the feet of another at one of our 6 foot washing stations. At the conclusion, the Eucharist is processed through the Church and placed in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel for adoration until midnight. The service ends in silence, as we enter this sacred time.
Encounter Jesus as he gives everything to show God's kingdom is alive
We begin in silence as we enter into the Lord’s Passion and Death, reverencing the altar. The readings bring us to the great love Jesus showed us, as he lived, faithful to God, even unto death. The large cross, which is before us at every gathering in our Church, is processed forward and all are invited to venerate it. The Eucharist consecrated Holy Thursday evening, is then distributed, and we once again leave in silence, for this is only the second of our three day celebration.
Embrace Jesus on the Cross of Love
Our evening service includes Scripture, prayer and the veneration of the Cross. We again begin and end in silence, remembering all that Jesus has done to gain us salvation.
Embrace God's kingdom of new life and eternal hope
We gather in darkness as we await the light of God's loving coming back into the world through the resurrection of Jesus. We begin outside, lighting and blessing the new fire, lighting and processing with the new Paschal Candle, pass the new light to all and sing our praises to the candle and its light, the great symbol of Christ’s presence in our midst. We then vigil, listen to our salvation history, from creation to the resurrection of Jesus. Our baptismal water is blessed and new members are baptized, and we all renew our baptismal promises. Those joining our Church who have already been baptized make their profession of faith in the Catholic Church and then the new members are Confirmed. We then share the joy of God's power and love as we participate in the Eucharist meal.