The Armchair Liturgist: Mornings Without Masses

The Catholic Church is strict about the celebration of Mass on Holy Thursday (Chrism Mass unless your diocese chooses another time, otherwise only the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in the evening) and Good Friday (no Masses permitted at all) and Holy Saturday (ordinarily one Easter Vigil).

If your large parish is like mine, people come faithfully 362 days a year to morning Mass. Our attendance between our two morning Masses, excluding 600 children once a week, is about 200-plus.

What is your parish celebrating tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday. And if you were in the purple chair, what would you give them?

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to The Armchair Liturgist: Mornings Without Masses

  1. Rob F. says:

    I think during the triduum, if I were in charge and had the resources, I’d offer the daytime hours as well as the usual lauds and matins. Obviously, there would be no vespers on Thursday night (unless we had no priest for mass) nor on Friday night (unless we had no clergy for the memorial of the passion).

    I’d really like to have an anticipated office of readings on Thursday night after mass. (The origins of this office were the “vigils” of the early Church.) Maybe another one on Friday night, with its famous “harrowing of hell” second reading. Definitely the Easter office on Saturday night if no mass were offered then.

    If there were enough interest, I’d have stations of the cross after sext on Friday, and-or a “last words” medition after none, and-or a tenebrae after the memorial.

    I guess I’d keep pretty busy.

  2. FrMichael says:

    A good time to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, particularly MP.

    Friday is chock-full of devotions, liturgies, and the Passion Play. Plus extended confessions. I haven’t heard any complaints from parishioners about the priests slacking off for Triduum!

  3. Liam says:

    Liturgy of the Hours, Reconciliation*, and devotions are a good mix.

    * Contrary to a widespread misunderstanding of the GIRM that long obtained (because the GIRM applies only to *Mass* not sacraments that occur outside of Mass), there is no ban on the sacraments of Reconciliation or Anointing during the Triduum, as Rome has confirmed explicitly.

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