PS 27: Holy Week

Jesus arms outstretchedRemember, you can check the full document Paschale Solemnitatis on this site, among many on the internet.

Moving into the final days of Lent, we remember the events of the Paschal Mystery, beginning with the last Sunday in Lent:

27. During Holy Week the Church celebrates the mysteries of salvation accomplished by Christ in the last days of his life on earth, beginning with his messianic entrance into Jerusalem.

We all recognize that Lent concludes at sundown on Holy Thursday, as the Mass of the Lord’s Supper is celebrated:

The Lenten season lasts until the Thursday of this week. The Easter Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, is continued through Good Friday with the celebration of the Passion of the Lord and Holy Saturday, to reach its summit in the Easter Vigil, and concludes with Vespers of Easter Sunday.

And all know the Three Days is indeed seventy-two hours, just about. Triduum doesn’t conclude until Evening Prayer of Sunday.

A word about the importance of the days of Holy Week:

“The days of Holy Week, from Monday to Thursday inclusive, have precedence over all other celebrations”. (Cf. General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, n. 16, a)
It is not fitting that Baptisms and Confirmation be celebrated on these days.

So, no saints, and ideally, no sacraments of initiation. I’ve never been aware of a bishop celebrating Confirmation during Holy Week. As for Baptism, I’m sure an emergency situation might arise that merits a celebration.

Any commentary on the days of Holy Week?

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to PS 27: Holy Week

  1. FrMichael says:

    Always the question of scheduling parish and school events Monday through Wednesday of Holy Week. I inherited a parish that had a “no events” policy those three afternoons and evenings, but didn’t offer any spiritual activities, so the parish was a dead zone. I ended up removing the ban, although Triduum practices get priority over all other uses of the facilities.

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