Bulletin Letter from April 1
With Palm Sunday, we enter into the holiest week of the Christian calendar. I would like to encourage you to participate in as many as possible of the worship opportunities that we will offer during the week. The “Solemn Morning Prayer” that takes place on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday are great ways to begin those days and set our hearts and minds in the right place for the Triduum. Each of those services lasts between 30 and 45 minutes. They are combinations of the Church’s Office of Readings and Morning Prayer. There is a combination of praying the psalms associated with those great days, listening to scripture and other readings, and silent reflection. If you have never attended, I think you will find it especially uplifting.
Of course, the real focus of our worship during the Great 3 Days (the ‘Triduum’) are the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper and the Easter Vigil. I hope that you will make an effort to join your fellow Newmanites to celebrate the central mysteries of our faith in these special liturgies.
For those of you who like to observe the tradition of taking a break from noon to 3:00 PM on Good Friday, I invite you to come to campus and participate in our Live Stations of the Cross from noon to 1:30 PM. It begins on the south side of Old Main and ends on the lawn of the Newman Center, it is then possible to go right into the church and participate on the reflections of the “7 Last Words of Jesus” from 1:30-3:00 PM.
Remember, also, our abbreviated Mass Schedule on Easter Sunday. I hope Holy Week is a blessed time for you.