Holy Week and Easter 2021

Holy Week

The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum—from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ's Paschal Mystery.

The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.

The liturgical services that take place during the Triduum are:

Mass of the Lord's Supper
Good Friday of the Lord's Passion
Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord




Tenebrae (“shadows” or “darkness”) is a Holy Week service that is at least 1,000 years old. Originally held in after midnight but later held at a variety of times, Tenebrae would be sung each day of the Triduum in a church lit only by 15 candles. These were extinguished one by one until the church was left in darkness.

At that point, a loud noise (“strepitus”) would be produced – sometimes by slamming a hymnal or other book shut, sometimes by stomping on the floor – symbolizing the earthquake after Christ’s death.

Like the “lessons and carols” services familiar at Christmas, Tenebrae consists of hymns and readings, the ones proper to Lauds and Matins for the days of the Triduum. Until the mid-1950s, when the Easter Vigil had been revived, nearly every parish in the United States sung Tenebrae on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Today, churches with Tenebrae services usually sing them once, on a Lenten evening – not necessarily during the Triduum.  Source

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
7:00 PM Extraordinary Form Tenebrae - Seat reservations required HERE
Tenebrae Worship Aid

Maundy Thursday

"As I have loved you, so you also should love one another." - John 13:34

On Thursday of Holy Week (Maundy Thursday) the Church celebrates the three pillars of the Catholic Church instituted by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper: the priesthood, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and the Holy Eucharist. 


Day 1 - Divine Mercy Novena (bookmark this link to continue the novena, which begins on Good Friday and ends on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 11th, 2021

 Good Friday - April 2, 2021

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Confessions and the Tre Ore Devotions - Stations of the Cross,
the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy
Seat reservations required HERE

3:00 PM: Passion Liturgy - Seat reservations required HERE
Good Friday Worship Aid

NOTE: You will need to reserve seats for BOTH the Tre Ore Devotions
AND the Passion Liturgy if you intend to attend both events.

Resources for Participation:

Tre Ore Devotions of Good Friday
Guidelines for Fasting and Abstinence
Stations of the Cross book
Passion Liturgy
An Act of Spiritual Communion









Holy Saturday, April 3, 2021

8:30 PM Extraordinary Form Vigil Mass of Easter
reservations required HERE
Mass Aid for the Great Paschal Vigil Mass



















Easter Sunday of the
Resurrection of the Lord
April 4, 2021

Mass Schedule:

7:00 AM Ordinary Form English Mass

9:00 AM Extraordinary Form Low Mass 

11:00 AM Extraordinary Form Solemn Mass

Seat reservations for all Easter Sunday Masses required HERE

For Those Participating in Holy Week at Home

General Suggestions for Watching Live-Streamed Mass

  • Rather than watching the Mass, try getting up and getting dressed as you would if actually coming to church. You may not put on a suit and tie, but at least prepare yourself for the liturgy.
  • Prepare a special place for Mass. Perhaps prepare a table with space for your laptop, with a crucifix, candles, a Bible, a cloth with the liturgical color of the day, etc. 
  • Before Mass, print out the worship aid.  Plan to join in the singing of the hymns and acclamations, answer the dialogues, and pray the prayers aloud.
  • While we all miss physical participation in the Eucharist, remember that Christ is truly present in the Word and in those gathered in prayer.
  • Sit, stand, and kneel as you would if in the church.
  • All of our liturgies are both live-streamed and recorded. For Holy Week, if at all possible, opt for the live stream. These liturgies are connected through time in a special way, for example, the Good Friday service at three o’clock – the hour it is believed Jesus died on the cross.