Holy Week at St. Ambrose Church
210 South Street, Cambridge
Palm Sunday Mass – April 14, 2019 at 9:00 am and 11:00 am
Sacrament of Reconciliation during Holy Week:
Tuesday, April 16 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, April 17 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 20 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Through the Sacrament of Confession we grow in self-knowledge, self-control, the understanding of sin and the necessity of asking for pardon from God. This sacrament reconciles us with God and joins us to Him in intimate friendship.
Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper – April 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Holy Thursday commemorates the Institution of the Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Ordination. The Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday begins the Triduum, which is the three-day commemoration of the heart of the Christian faith: Christ’s death and resurrection. The Triduum includes Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and reaches it high point at the Great Easter Vigil (Saturday night). Various traditions and customs are associated with Holy Thursday, such as the washing of feet, reconciliation and Eucharistic adoration. After the Holy Thursday evening Mass the altar is cleared of all cloths and adornments, the holy water fonts are emptied, and the Blessed Sacrament is carried through the church in procession to a place of repose. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for an extended period of time is then encouraged. The Consecrated Hosts from Holy Thursday Mass are then used for Good Friday.
Good Friday, April 19, 2019
Service for Families with young children – 11:00 am
Traditional Good Friday service – 3:00 pm
Stations of the Cross – 7:00 pm
On Good Friday, the entire Church focuses on the Cross. The congregation comes together to contemplate the events that lead to our Lord’s crucifixion.
The Church – stripped of its ornaments, the altar bare, and with the door of the empty tabernacle standing open – is as if in mourning.
The liturgical observance of this day of Christ’s suffering, crucifixion and death evidently has been in existence from the earliest days of the Church. No Mass is celebrated on this day, because Holy Communion, which had already been consecrated on Holy Thursday night, is given to the people.
The somber quality of this day reminds us of Christ’s humiliation and suffering during his Passion. We can see that the parts of the Good Friday service are:
1) Liturgy of the Word – reading of the Passion; 2) Intercessory prayers for the Church and the entire world, both Christian and non-Christian; 3) Veneration of the Cross; 4) and Communion.
Easter Vigil Mass – Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 8:00 pm
(please be aware this Mass is approximately 2 hours)
The Easter Vigil liturgy is the most beautiful liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church.
Although celebrated Holy Saturday evening, it is the Easter vigil liturgy that marks the beginning of the Easter season.
1) Service of Light – The atmosphere in the Church is different: The Holy water fonts are empty, all the lights dimmed, the tabernacle is empty. The service begins outside the Church or at the back of the Church. A ceremonial new fire is lit and blessed. The Paschal Candle is prepared while the priest marks the candle.
The candle is then processed through the church. Everyone lights their individual candle from the Easter candle and continue until the whole church is alight. The Paschal candle symbolizes Christ, the Light of the World.
2) Liturgy of the Word – During the Easter Vigil, nine readings, (seven Old Testament and two New Testament) are provided. These readings help us meditate on the wonderful works of God for his people since the beginning of time.
3) Liturgy of the Baptism – During this time the Easter water is blessed, new members who have been studying Catholicism in the RCIA program are welcomed into the Church through the reception of the Sacraments of Baptism, Communion and Confirmation, and the faithful are blessed with the new Holy Water and renew their baptismal promises.
4) Liturgy of the Eucharist – The Mass resumes, with the special prayers inserted during the Eucharistic Prayer. The whole congregation is called to join at the sacrificial table that Christ prepared for us through His death and resurrection.