As last year, All Saints has the privilege to use the rites of Holy Week prior to the reforms in 1955, granted by a limited indult to the Fraternity of St. Peter. Some noticeable changes will be in the increased length of the Passion narratives, which begin with the Last Supper, thus tying together the institution of the Holy Eucharist and the Crucifixion as one and the same sacrifice. On Good Friday, Holy Communion is only received by the celebrating priest, who alone stands at that liturgy in persona Christi; as it is the day our Lord died, the Church bids the attending faithful to fast from reception of Holy Communion, which in striking fashion brings out the absence of Christ. And the Holy Saturday liturgy is conducted during the day. Further information and some excellent catechesis can be found online at www.pre1955holyweek.com.
As was announced, along with solemn Masses throughout the week, we will be blessed to have Bishop Cozzens celebrate the Mass for Holy Thursday; Bishop Joseph Perry, an auxiliary of Chicago and good friend to the Fraternity, will celebrate the liturgies on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The 10:30 morning Mass on Easter Sunday will include an small orchestra, as was done at Christmas.
We welcome sixth-year seminarian Brendan Boyce who will assist with the ceremonies and Masses throughout the week. Other seminarians from the local seminary, as well as some local priests, will also visit through the week. All are strongly encouraged to make the most of this week as possible, as we pray with the Church through our Lord’s suffering and death for our salvation. By the grace of God, much is able to be offered liturgically here at All Saints, so consider at least attending the Sacred Triduum. And if at all possible, even with some inconvenience, take Good Friday off from work and attend the afternoon devotions and liturgies; it is the day our Lord died.