Holy Week and Easter at the Friary

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

During this sacred time of the year in which we remember the final days of Our Lord’s life prior to his Passion, Death, and Resurrection, the friars entered into the various Masses and services that are offered during Holy Week.

On Tuesday of Holy Week, several friars attended the annual Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Birmingham.  Many priests from the diocese of Birmingham, including our friar-priests, were present to renew their priestly commitments to the bishop and to the Church.

On Holy Thursday, Fr. Anthony celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the EWTN chapel and Fr. Mark delivered the homily.  On this solemn occasion, those present prayerfully recalled Our Lord’s actions at the Last Supper while Fr. Anthony washed the feet of the friars.  After the Mass ended, the Blessed Sacrament was processed to the altar of repose at the Friary Chapel in the midst of the choir chanting “Pange Lingua”.  The faithful were invited to remain with Our Lord in the Friary Chapel until later in the evening.

The Commemoration of Our Lord’s Passion was televised on EWTN on Good Friday.  Fr. Mark was the celebrant for the service while Fr. Anthony delivered the homily.  The three unique highlights of this service include the reading of the account of the Passion, the general intercessions for different groups of people, and the veneration of the cross.

The octave of the Resurrection began on Saturday evening with the Easter Vigil.  The celebrant was Fr. Anthony who also chanted the exultet.  At the beginning of the celebration, the Paschal candle was blessed and lit.  This symbol of Christ was source of the light of all the other candles in the chapel including those held by the faithful.