Question of the Week: Holy Week, 2016

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In his Sunday homily, our deacon urged everyone to attend as many of the Triduum liturgies as possible to commemorate the events that mark Jesus’ Passion, death and resurrection.

The first Good Friday liturgy I remember took place when I was about 8 or 9 years old. I went to church with two of my great-aunts. I can remember sitting in an unfamiliar auditorium on folding chairs, because the church was too small to accommodate the Good Friday crowd.

“Let us stand…” the priest would intone. Then, after some prayers, “let us kneel…”

We venerated the cross. I wasn’t sure what to do, but my great-aunts led the way. We received Communion, but I remember noticing that the priest did not pray most of the prayers I remembered from Sunday Masses.

My parish hosts a homemade-soup dinner after the Good Friday liturgy. Simple meatless soups and bread are served. It is a solemn day but it’s good to get together with other families from the parish, before the family celebrations of Easter begin.

Do you attend any of the Triduum liturgies? Does your parish plan family-friendly events during Holy Week?

Please share your answers and experiences in the comment box below.

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Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan and freelance writer. Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb volunteers at the school library and is a music minister at her parish. She is also an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Barb blogs at FranciscanMom and shares her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.

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  1. Hi Barb! Yes my parish does host family friendly events during this time. Holy Thursday is when we do our agape supper followed by washing of the feet service followed by a solemn procession and adoration. Good Friday we have veneration of the cross followed by recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. And of course Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. I try to attend at least of our services during the Triduum every year. This year I will be attending two because we have been invited to serve on Holy Thursday and Good Friday.

    Blessings to you Barb. Enjoy these next few days of deep prayer and reflection!

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