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Holy Week and Easter at St. Alban's

posted Mar 19, 2015, 6:04 PM by Rochester Ordinariate   [ updated Mar 19, 2015, 6:17 PM ]
The St. Alban fellowship will celebrate Holy Week and Easter services this year.

We are pleased to announce the new judicial vicar for the Ordinariate, Fr. Becket Soule, will be paying us a visit during Holy Week, and saying the services for us.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our group.  Fr. Soule is a professor at the Pontifical College Josephinum, where he holds the Bishop James A. Griffin Chair of Canon Law.  He is also a Dominican. His visit will be from March 31 to April 6.

Importantly, many of the services we will be using are newly approved Ordinariate Holy Week services, drawing from the same well of sources as our office and Mass.

We will have the following services at Good Shepherd church:

Wednesday, 1 April

7:30 pm     Tenebrae

8:30 pm - 9:00 pm     Confessions

Friday, 3 April [Good Friday]

12:00 noon    Celebration of the Passion, Solemn Collects, Veneration of the Cross, Holy Communion

1:30 pm (or at the conclusion of the service) - 2:00 pm    Confessions

Saturday, 4 April [Holy Saturday]

10:00 am    Morning Prayer [and Blessing of Easter Baskets]

10:30 am - 11:00 am    Confessions

Sunday, 5 April [Easter Day]

3:00 pm    Mass

Note:  The Tenebrae ceremony is the gradual extinguishing of candles upon a stand in the sanctuary called a hearse. Eventually, the Roman Rite settled on fifteen candles, one of which is extinguished after each of the nine psalms of Matins and the five of Lauds, gradually reducing the lighting throughout the service. The six altar candles are put out during the Benedictus, and then any remaining lights in the church. The last candle is hidden beneath the altar, ending the service in total darkness. The strepitus (Latin for "great noise"), made by slamming a book shut, banging a hymnal or breviary against the pew, or stomping on the floor, symbolizes the earthquake that followed Christ's death, although it may have originated as a simple signal to depart. After the candle has been shown to the people, it is extinguished, and then put "on the credence table," or simply taken to the sacristy. All rise and then leave in silence.(Adrian Fortescue, The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described, 1917, page 288).