Palm Sunday and Holy Week 2019
Jesus proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem. As he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples.
Jesus said, “Go into the village opposite you, and as you enter it you will find a colt tethered on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here. And if anyone should ask you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you will answer, ‘The Master has need of it.’”
So those who had been sent went off and found everything just as he had told them. And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them,“Why are you untying this colt? They answered, “The Master has need of it.” So they brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks over the colt, and helped Jesus to mount.
As Jesus rode along, the people were spreading their cloaks on the road; and now as he was approaching the slope of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of his disciples began to praise God aloud with joy for all the mighty deeds they had seen.
“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord.
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He said in reply, “I tell you, if they keep silent, the stones will cry out!”
On this day, the Church celebrates Christ's entrance into Jerusalem to accomplish the Paschal Mystery of his death and resurrection. The memorial of this event is included in every Mass, with the Procession or the Solemn Entrance before the principal Mass and the Simple Entrance before the other Masses.
Holy Angels times and locations for Holy Week the Sacred Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter (Saturday) Vigil, and Easter Sunday
Thursday, April 11 - 7:00pm - St. Patricks Church
Wednesday, April 17 - 7:00pm - St. Patricks' Church
Please Note There are no scheduled confessions on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.
Triduum simply means “a three-day festival.”(Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil). The parish liturgy(normally on Holy Thursday) of the Lord's Supper, usually celebrated in the evening, opens the Triduum and officially closes the season of Lent. On Tuesday evening, the bishop, surrounded by his priests, blessed the Sacred Oils that will be used in the coming year throughout the diocese for the anointings at Baptism, Confirmation, the Sacrament of the Sick, and Holy Orders.
6:45AM NO Mass
Morning Prayer-St. Patrick's Church
7:30PM Mass of the Lord's Supper- Worship Center
8:30-10PM Procession to St. Patrick's followed with Adoration
10:00PM Night Prayer
Strengthened in brotherly unity with their bishop, the parish priests return to their churches to prepare for the celebration on Thursday, for the Mass of the Lord's Supper.
This festive Mass is embroidered by several special rites: the reading of the mandatum, the foot washing, communion under both forms, and a procession with the Blessed Sacrament from the main tabernacle to an altar of repose. We linger after this celebration for prayer in the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and in our lives. We relish the Eucharist as our milk and honey for spiritual nourishment. In 48 hours, the catechumens will share this great gift of Jesus himself for the first time. Returning home, we continue the spirit of the mandatum and Eucharist around our own table.
Deanery Altars of Respose for Holy Thursday : If you plan visiting the 7 -9 churches, here we have included the times and locations for your convenience:
- Holy Angels Parish at St. Patrick's Church until 10:00PM
- Saints Peter and Paul, Turnersville at the Parish Center until 11:00PM
- Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit, Mullica Hill until 11:00PM
- Incarnation Parish , Mantua Fr. Salerno Room at the Kernan Center until 12:00 Midnight
- Mary, Mother of Mercy, Glassboro at Our Lady of Lourdes Church Adoration Chapel until 11:00PM
- Infant Jesus, Woodbury Heights -in the convent until 11:00PM
- St. Gabriel the Archangel, Carney's Point in Corpus Christ Church until 11:00PM
- Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament - St. Michael's Minotola Church until 12:00 Midnight
- Our Lady of the Lakes, Collings Lakes in the Church Hall until 12:00 Midnight
- Holy Family Parish Hall, Sewell until 12:00 Midnight
- St. Clare of Assisi School until 12:00 Midnight
This tells us two things. First, it truly is a celebration, and second, what we celebrate is the sacrifice of Christ's life. For catechumens, Good Friday is also a day to reflect on the dying-to-self and rising-in-Christ that baptism symbolizes.
The celebration of the Resurrection and the reception of the Easter sacraments. Since Ash Wednesday we have been engaged in a struggle with sin and death-to-self. Now we spend a few hours before the Vigil service in rest, remembrance, and anticipation. more symbols as fire, light, water, oil, and bread. The Sacramentary (the Church's book of worship) divides the liturgy of the Vigil into four elements:
+ a brief service of light, when a new fire is struck, the Easter candle is lit, and the Easter proclamation is solemnly sung;
+ the Liturgy of the Word, when the Church meditates on all the wonderful things God has
done for his people from the beginning of creation;
+ the Liturgy of Baptism, when the new members of the Church are reborn in the freshly blessed water as the day of resurrection approaches;
+ the Liturgy of the Eucharist, when the whole Church is called to the table that the Lord prepared for his people through his death and Resurrection.
In the early Church, the Easter Vigil lasted all night and unfolded into Easter morning. Today, the Easter Vigil will usually begin after sundown and take up the early evening hours.
Through the course of the liturgy, daylight will symbolically unfold through the beauty of candles, flowers, music, singing, the immersion of --- or pouring of water over ----the catechumens elected for Baptism, the scents of oil used for their Confirmation, and the taste of bread and wine of the Eucharist shared by the entire assembly. “This is the night!” proclaims the Church.
And what a night it is. For the catechumens, they have reached the summit of their journey of faith. Easter morning follows. It marks both the final hours of the Triduum and the beginning of a 50-day celebration period in the Church calendar. The joyful music, the elegance and fragrance of lilies, and life in Christ, new or renewed, continues until Pentecost as we celebrate all that God has done for us through Jesus.
St. Patrick Church
86 Cooper St.
Woodbury, NJ 08096
St. Matthew Church
N 4th St & Monument Ave.
Holy Angels Worship Center
96 Green Ave.
Woodbury, NJ 08096
Holy Angels Catholic School
211 Cooper St. Woodbury, NJ 08096
Family Faith Formation
81 Cooper St Woodbury, NJ 08096, USA
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