Holy Week Guide

 

HOLY WEEK: A GUIDE

During Holy Week, we commemorate the events surrounding Christ’s Paschal Mystery. These last days of Lent are meant to prepare us to truly share in Christ’s death and resurrection.

 

PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD'S PASSION, April 9

At Mass, we celebrate Jesus’ Messianic entrance into Jerusalem by processing into church with palms. We also hear the Passion narrative, this year from the Gospel of St Matthew. The juxtaposing moments of joy and sorrow remind us of how quickly public sentiment turned against Jesus when he arrived in Jerusalem.

Our Solemn Palm Sunday Procession will take place at 6:15 AM at the Golezeum (Eugenio Park) where the blessing of palms will take place. This will be followed by the procession and paglalatag on the grounds leading to the church. The Passion Narrative according to St Matthew will be read and the community will kneel at the moment when the death of Lord is read.

All other Masses will have the blessing of palms ten minutes before Mass begins at the colonnade. There will be NO private blessing of palms. Vestment is red, symbolizing the passion of our Lord.

 

Holy Monday-Wednesday, April 10-12

The various commissions, ministries and organizations of the parish will have their Communal Stations of the Cross at the church courtyard at 5:45 PM. Vespers and Mass follow. The general parishioners are invited to join.

Holy Monday: MLCP/ MAS/ LoM/ Divine Mercy Group/CoY/CoF/ComCARE/PPZs 1-4
Holy Tuesday: MBG/MUGC/ AP/ CoMBANE/ PFC/ Office and Rectory Staff/ PPzs 5-8
Holy Wednesday: MM/EMHC/KC/ DMI/CoSHP/ VSJ and FIIC Sisters/PPZs 9-12

 

MAUNDY THURSDAY, April 13

Solemn Lauds and Mass of Holy Chrism, 6:30 AM/ 7 AM

Priests of the diocese gather at the Sacred Heart Parish, Alabang Hills, Cupang, Muntinlupa City for the year’s Chrism Mass, when the Bishop blesses the Holy Oils which will be used sacramentally for Baptism, Confirmation, and Anointing of the Sick in the diocese. The oils are then brought to each parish and formally presented during the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on the same day. The Chrism Mass is also the time when the priests renew their solemn commitment to the priestly life. After Communion, the bishop will formally announce to the assemby the new assignments of the priests who, in turn, will then be installed. The MMGC Music Ministry will join three other choirs of the diocese in leading the chanted Lauds and the Chrism Mass. Vestment will be white.

 

THE SACRED PASCHAL TRIDUUM

The Paschal Mystery refers to the way Christ’s actions continue to save us: by dying he destroyed our death, and by rising he restored our life. The Sacred Paschal Triduum celebrates this Mystery, making this the most important time of the liturgical year. The Triduum begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday evening and concludes with Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday.

 

Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 6 PM

On the feast of Passover, Jesus celebrated the Last Supper in which he gave his disciples his Body and Blood. He said, “Do this in memory of me.” This meal we make present in our celebration of every Mass. At the beginning of the Holy Thursday Mass, we will chant the Entrance antiphon: "We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, for he is our salvation, our life and resurrection. Through him we are saved and made free." We will sing the Gloria for the first time since Lent began and the bells will ring afterwhich these bells will remain silent until the Easter Vigils. In the First Reading, we shall hear the account of the Passover meal. The psalm that follows, "Our blessing cup is a communion with the blood of Christ," links the Exodus reading with the new covenant of Christ's passion and death. The Second Reading is the Pauline account of the Last Supper institution. The Gospel from St John narrates the command to love and the service (washing of the disciples' feet) that flows from this command. Fr Michael La Guardia, SDB will deliver the homily. We shall have the Washing of the Feet, participated in by men and women representing the various sectors of the parish-community. This gesture reiterates Jesus' command and our recommitment in serving one another. This then complements the Eucharist. The Holy Oils, which were blessed at the Chrism Mass earlier, will be presented by a PWD parishioner and a candidate for baptism. This will be done amidst the singing of Oil of Gladness. Then follows the procession of gifts, with the PPZ collection for Pondo ng Pinoy leading the group. The hymn Ubi Caritas et Amor accompanies the procession, a statement through symbol and gesture, of what the Eucharist truly means. After Communion, all unconsumed consecrated hosts are saved, and they will be transferred to the Altar of Reposition designed for this purpose. The English translation of Pange Lingua accompanies the transfer, with the Latin text sang when the Blessed Sacrament is reposed in the temporary tabernacle. Then begins our vigils where we may spend time in silent prayer and adoration until midnight. The altar table will then be stripped. Vestment will be white.

8 PM: MLCP/ MBG/ Divine Mercy Group/ CSSJB and FIIC Sisters/LoM
9 PM: CoSHP/ CoF/ ComCARE/ TnP/ LnP
10 PM: CoY/ MAS/ CFC-FFL/CFC-Global
11PM: EMHC/ KC/DMI/CoMBANE

 

GOOD FRIDAY OF THE LORD'S PASSION AND DEATH, April 14

Catholics are required to observe fasting and abstinence this day.

 

Village Way of the Cross and Lauds, 5:30 AM

We pray the Way of the Cross to commemorate Jesus’ walk with the Cross to the hill of Calvary. For each Station, we listen to reflections on Jesus’ struggles from bystanders, say a prayer, and sing a brief song, and we reflect on how greatly Christ loved us to willingly endure such suffering. We shall start at Aquinoville, moving to Phases 8 and 1, leading to the church. The communal Morning Praise takes place after the Way of the Cross.

 

Service of the Lord’s Passion, 3:00 PM

Good Friday is the one day of the year when Mass is not celebrated. The altar remains bare. The Novena to the Divine Mercy will be prayed at 2:45 PM to be followed by the Service of the Lord’s Passion at 3 PM, the time when our Lord died on the cross. The liturgy of the day is sober, stark and reflective. In silence, the priests enter the sanctuary and will prostrate, signifying both the abasement of humanity and the grief of the Church. We shall hear the Suffering Servant oracle and be one in spirit as we recall the last words of the Lord on the cross during the responsorial psalm. In listening to St John’s Passion account, we shall refresh our memories with the events that led to our Lord’s passion and death. We shall hear the Solemn Intercessions and follow the ancient posture of kneeling and standing as each intercession is read. We take time to venerate the cross barefoot by making some kind of tangible sign of our gratitude for Christ’s selfless action. The Reproaches, Crux Fidelis, the Stabat Mater, will be sung with other solemn Good Friday hymns. The last part of the Service is the Communion rite. The hosts that we will receive were consecrated during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Vestment is red, symbolizing the passion of the Lord.

 

Solemn Good Friday Procession, 5:30 PM

The Good Friday Solemn Procession follows the Service of the Lord’s Passion. A short catechesis precedes the procession. Prayers, reflections and songs will accompany the procession. The procession will pass through Gemblock, Phases 2, 3, 5, 4, 2, 9, and Buensuceso. Participants are requested to maintain a prayerful disposition during the procession.

 

Veneration of the Santo Entierro, 7:30 PM

The veneration of the Santo Entierro takes place inside the church after the procession.

 

HOLY SATURDAY, April 15

No Mass is celebrated during the day, the altar table is left bare until the celebration of the Easter Vigil. We spend time in prayer and fasting, meditating on our Lord’s Passion and Death and His Descent into Hell, awaiting His Resurrection.

 

EASTER VIGIL OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION, 9 PM

The Vigil service is the high point of the Sacred Paschal Triduum, and therefore of the entire liturgical year. We start in the church courtyard, where the blessing of the fire will take place and where the Paschal Candle will be lit. We shall proceed to a dark church, where light from the Paschal Candle passes to everyone present. The Exultet, the Church’s most joyful proclamation, will be chanted by Fr. Michael La Guardia, SDB. We then listen to the story of salvation history in the Liturgy of the Word, with readings and their accompanying psalms and prayer. The Gloria will once again be sung; the Alleluia intoned. The homily will be delivered by Fr Michael La Guardia, SDB. We will welcome new members into the faith in the Liturgy of Christian Initiation, and celebrate a joyful Paschal meal together in the Liturgy of the Eucharist. For the first time since Lent began, we can sing “Alleluia!” once again. Vestment is white, symbolizing the great joy of the occasion.

 

EASTER SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION, April 16

SALUBONG, 4:30 AM

The Salubong processions start at 4 AM at the Village’s main gate (Virgen de Alegria) and Phase 3 (Risen Christ). This is the traditional dramatization of the meeting of the Risen Christ and His mother.

Main Gate: Residents of Phases 1, 8, 9, Greenvale 1 and 2, Aquinoville, Ireneville, Cervantes and Aroma

Phase 3: Residents of Phases 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Gemblock, Manggahan and Kawayanan

Mass follows. The ushers and greeters will dance the Bati after the first Mass of the day.

 

MASSES OF THE DAY

The joyous celebration we began at the Easter Vigil is continued! We renew our baptismal promises, cleanse ourselves with Holy Water in the sprinkling rite, and say the Easter Sequence, an ancient hymn and poem of Easter. We look to the future and the life we are given in Christ.

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