Holy Week 2017

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
For five weeks of Lent we have been preparing, by works of charity and self-sacrifice, for the celebration of Our Lord's Paschal Mystery. This week, beginning with Palm Sunday, we come together to begin the solemn celebration in union with the whole Church throughout the world. Christ entered in triumph into his own city, to complete his work as our Messiah: to suffer, to die and to rise again.

Sacred Triduum
In the Sacred Triduum, the Church solemnly, celebrates the greatest mysteries of our redemption, keeping by means of special celebration the memorial of Her Lord, crucified, buried and risen.

Maundy Thursday
At the evening Mass we gather to commemorate the Passover with the disciples, known as the Last Supper. During this time The Lord instituted, the Holy Mass and ordained his apostles. At this celebration the priest symbolically washes the feet of the faithful, representing the twelve apostles and demonstrating that to be a follower of Christ, we must serve one another. The oils collected from the Cathedral at the Chrism Mass are on display during this Mass.

Good Friday
Traditionally, we gather at 3.00pm to celebrate the Lord's Passion. In this celebration of The Passion and Death of The Lord;
We listen to the words of scripture and strive to understand the true meaning of His sufferings and the mind that was in Him
We pray with His Spirit for the needs of the whole world. We worship the Cross as the symbol of His triumph.
We enter into sacramental communion with Him who is our Saviour and our Life.

The Easter Vigil
In accordance with ancient tradition, this night is one of vigil for the Lord (Exodus 12:42). The Gospel of Luke (13,35) is a reminder to the faithful to have their lamps burning ready, to be like men awaiting their master's return, so that he arrives, he will find them wide awake and seat them at his table.

The night vigil is arranged in four parts:
  • A brief service of light
  • The Liturgy of the Word. The Church meditates on the wonderful things God has done for His people from the beginning
  • The Liturgy of Baptism. As the day of resurrection approaches, new members of the Church are reborn in Baptism; and all renew their Baptismal promises
  • The Liturgy of Eucharist. The whole Church is called to the table which the Lord has prepared for His people through His death and resurrection.
Easter Sunday
Alleluia! This Mass is our Alleluia: Our song of praise to the risen Christ who is our life and whose triumph over death we proclaim to all the world.