“In Holy Week we participate in the most sublime drama of religious history.” —Fr. Pius Parsch
We invite you to enter into the depth and beauty of these sacred days leading up to the joy of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Whether in person or via live stream, we are all connected to the most beautiful act of love on the part of our Divine Savior. Welcome to Holy Week with St. John Cantius.
We recognize that not all will be able to attend all the services of the Sacred Triduum because of limited capacity. However, the priests and brothers of the Canons Regular will do all we can do to accommodate as many as possible for prayer and the Sacraments.
This year we have added extended confession times on Thursday and Friday and we have added extra Masses on Easter Sunday.
Priority is given to our Catechumens and Candidates who are preparing for their Baptism and entrance into the Catholic faith. We share with them in the Paschal mysteries, a rising to new life.
* denotes service is live streamed.
PALM SUNDAY - The Journey Begins
7:30 am - Extraordinary Form Mass (Low Mass in Latin)*
9:30 am - Ordinary Form Mass (English)*
12:30 pm - Extraordinary Form Mass (High Mass in Latin)*
2:00 pm - Rosary and Solemn Vespers (Evening Prayer)*
5:00 pm - Ordinary Form Mass (English)
After palms are blessed and the great procession approaches the Holy City, the gates are “unlocked” with the Palm Sunday Cross. The doors to the church open, and we enter the Week’s life-changing events with Christ in triumph. But the journey will continue with much to come for the One we praise today—and for us.
The royal banners forward go, the cross shines forth in mystic glow; where he in flesh, our flesh who made, our sentence bore, our ransom paid. —Vexilla Regis, 5th century
SPY WEDNESDAY - Mercy in Darkness
7:00 am - Ordinary Form Mass (English)*
8:00 am - Extraordinary Form Mass (Low Mass in Latin)*
7:30 pm - Sung Tenebrae*
At Tenebrae (Latin for “shadow” or “darkness”), we anticipate Christ’s suffering and death in stark contrast to the dazzling spectacle of Palm Sunday. Gradually all lights in the church are extinguished. The disappearance of the last light is accompanied by the startling strepitus, a great noise and shaking reminding us not only of the earthquake at Calvary but also of the cataclysmic effects of Our Lord’s Sacrifice of Himself.
Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon thee? Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee! Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee; I crucified thee. —‘Ah Holy Jesus’, Johann Heermann, 1630
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HOLY THURSDAY - Night of Gifts and a Garden
8:00 am - Simplified Tenebrae*
1:00 pm - 7:00pm - Confessions
7:30 pm - Holy Thursday Mass - Ordinary Form (English/Latin)*
8:30 pm - Stripping of the Altar*
9:00 pm - Friday morning - Church will be open all night for private prayer at the Altar of repose
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday evening brings us the supreme gift of the Holy Eucharist, which immerses us in Divine Love and emboldens us to follow carefully and constantly Our Lord’s command: “Love one another as I have loved you.” The external joy of these gifts seems quickly suspended as we follow Our Lord to the Garden of Gethsemane. The church bells that so boisterously pealed early in this Mass are replaced by the dull, wooden sound of “clackers.” We hear Our Lord’s question to us, “Could you not watch with me one hour?” Can we? Will we?
On the night of that Last Supper, seated with His chosen band, He the Pascal victim eating, first fulfills the Law’s command; then as Food to His Apostles gives Himself with His own hand. —Pange Lingua, St. Thomas Aquinas, 1520
GOOD FRIDAY - In the Afternoon it is Night
8:00 am - Simplified Tenebrae*
9:00 am - 3:00pm - Confessions
3:00 pm - Good Friday Service*
4:30pm - Divine Mercy Novena*
We are startled to see the sacred ministers prostrate themselves before a bare altar. Then a veiled cross is gradually uncovered as “Behold the wood of the cross on which hung the Savior of the world! Come let us adore Him!” is sung three times. How do we adore the broken Body of Christ? Are we moved to adore Him? Can we hope, believe?
Tree, which solely wast found worthy the world’s Victim to sustain. Harbor from the raging tempest! Ark, that saved the world again! Tree, with sacred blood anointed of the Lamb for sinners slain. —Crux Fidelis, 6th Century
HOLY SATURDAY - Midnight Bright as Day!
8:00 am - Tenebrae*
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Blessing of Easter Baskets