EASTER AT ASCENSION


BLESSED EASTER TRIDUUM 

The heart of Holy Week is upon us - the Holy Triduum   

These are days to save and to savor, to set aside. These are days for prayer, silence, and reflection. These are days to gather with your brothers and sisters in Christ for worship.

Over the Holy Triduum, the Church comes together to pray our most beautiful prayers, hear our most meaningful Scriptures, and offer some of our finest music. These are the three days that changed the world, central to our salvation: His dying on the cross for our sins, and His victory over death and darkness in the Resurrection.

Whether you are young or old, whether you have kept a “good Lent” or have “blown it,” we invite you to attend our Triduum liturgies. Read through this schedule and the descriptions of our services. Plan to take part in our services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Above all, come on Saturday night for the Great Vigil and first Eucharist of Easter. 

These are three days that changed the world, and continue to change the lives of Christians who commemorate them.

MAUNDY THURSDAY

7:00 PM Solemn Choral Eucharist,
with washing of feet and all-night Vigil at the Altar of Repose

GOOD FRIDAY

12:00 PM & 7:00 PM Veneration of the Cross
with Holy Communion

HOLY SATURDAY

8:30 PM Great Vigil of Easter
beginning at sunset in the cloister garden

At this culminating service, we gather in darkness and light a new fire, remembering that it is only by the light of Christ that death and darkness is defeated. The paschal candle is lighted and the first half of the liturgy takes place by candlelight.  We then listen to some of the most powerful scriptures in our Bible: creation, the flood, the crossing of the Red Sea, psalms of promise and rejoicing. Then, we reaffirm our baptismal vows, renouncing evil and professing our faith in Christ. These are the moments between death and life, between sin and forgiveness: in hope we take hold of Jesus and his resurrection.  

 EASTER SUNDAY 

8 AM Spoken Mass
10:30 AM Festive Choral Eucharist

Children’s Easter Egg Hunt starts at 9:00
Champagne Reception after the 10:30 service


Click for a printable brochure
with schedule and descriptions of the liturgies


Parts of the foregoing text was adapted from The Three Days to Save ©1991, 2009 Archdiocese of Chicago, www.LTP.org. Original text written by Gabe Huck. Used with permission. All rights reserved.