24 December 2011

Birmingham Oratory

Sacred Paschal Triduum

Easter, the greatest solemnity of the Christian liturgy, is celebrated on three great days, a triduum. On these three great days, from Holy Thursday evening, through Good Friday, until vespers (later afternoon or evening prayer) on Easter Sunday, the Church commemorates the Paschal Mysteries, that is, the passion, death, and resurrection of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Music for Easter

Palm Sunday - 17th April

Low Masses : 8.30 a.m.   
9.30 a.m. (1962 Missal),   
12 noon, (Families)  
and 5.30 p.m. (sung congregational)
(Please note: Palms will be blessed before the High Mass,
and will only be available from then onwards.)  
Blessing and Procession of Palms: 10.15 a.m. in
the former College Sports Hall, Procession to Church for
High Mass: 10.30 a.m.  
Including the singing of the Passion of Our Lord   
according to Matthew
Vespers and Benediction: 6.30 p.m.

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday of Holy Week
18th, 19th & 20th April 
Holy Mass: 7.30 a.m., 12.45 p.m., & 5.45 p.m.  
Rosary: 7.45 p.m. Stations of the Cross: 8 p.m. 
Maundy Thursday - 21st April

N.B. no Mass at 7.30 a.m., 12.45 p.m. or 5.45 p.m.

(The only true Mass of Maundy Thursday is the Evening Mass which opens the Paschal Triduum. To enable as many people as possible to come to this Mass, it is being celebrated at 7.00 p.m. Only for those who cannot come to the Evening Mass, there will be an extraordinary Mass at 11 a.m.)  
Solemn Mass of the Last Supper:  
7 p.m.
including the Maundy, the Procession to the Altar of Repose,  and the Stripping of the Altars.  
Compline at 8.45 p.m. at the Altar of Repose.   
Watching before the Blessed  Sacrament until Midnight.

Good Friday - 22nd April
(Day of Fasting & Abstinence. n.b. Mass is not celebrated on this day)

See from His head, His hands, His feet,  
Sorrow and love flow mingled down.  
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
                    (Isaac Watts 1674-1748)
Tenebrae (Office of Readings and Morning Prayer): 8.30 a.m.
Children’s Stations of the Cross: 11.30 a.m.
Solemn Liturgy: 3 p.m.
Including the singing of St. John’s Passion; the Solemn intercessions; the Unveiling and Worship of the Cross; Holy Communion
Seven Last Words: 7 p.m.   
Preacher: Fr. Paul Chavassee
Music: Motets for the Passion of Our Lord
followed by Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday - 23rd April

n.b. Mass is not celebrated today.

His cross stands empty in a world grown silent
Through hours of anguish and of dread;  
In stillness, earth awaits the resurrection,  
While Christ goes down to wake the dead
He summons Adam and his generations,  
Brings light where darkness endless seemed;
He frees and claims His own, so long held captive,  
Who, with the living, are redeemed
                                                    (Stanbrook Abbey)
Tenebrae (Office of Readings and Morning Prayer): 8.30 a.m.
Confessions will be heard from 10 a.m. throughout the day.

The Church waits in silence throughout the day for the proclamation of the Resurrection at the Easter Vigil

Easter Vigil - 9.00 p.m. Saturday Evening 23rd April

Service of light   
(Blessing of the New Fire);  
Proclamation of Easter (“Exsultet”);
Liturgy of the Word;  
Blessing of the Font,  
Baptism and Confirmation;  
First Mass of Easter.  
N.B. Refreshments will be available at the end of the Vigil.

Easter Day - 24th April

Solemnity of the Resurrection of Our Lord


Low Masses:
8.30 a.m.  
9.30 a.m. (1962 Missal)  
12 noon (Families)  
5.30 p.m. (sung congregational)
Solemn High Mass: 10.30 a.m.
Solemn Vespers and
: 6.30 p.m.
The Fathers and Brothers of the Oratory  wish you a very Holy and Joyful Easter.  
(I have risen, and am
with you! Alleluia!
Antiphon from psalm 138) 

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