OUR LADY OF GRACE & ST EDWARD’S CATHOLIC CHURCH
CHISWICK HIGH ROAD , LONDON W4 4PU
Please join us to celebrate the great days of Holy Week and Easter. With every good wish and blessing for this most special time when we celebrate the central mysteries of our Christian faith.
Fr Anthony Dwyer Fr David Reilly
HOLY WEEK TIMETABLE FOR CHISWICK
Passion (Palm) 6.30pm (Vigil) Mass
Sunday 8.30am Mass
11.00am Solemn Mass (procession starts in Parish Hall)
Monday 10.00am Mass of Monday in Holy Week
12.30pm Mass of Monday in Holy Week
Tuesday 10.00am Mass of Tuesday in Holy Week
NB No lunchtime Mass today
12.00pm Archbishop’s Chrism Mass in Westminster Cathedral
Wednesday 10.00am Mass of Wednesday in Holy Week
12.30pm Mass of Wednesday in Holy Week
E A S T E R T R I D U U M
Holy Thursday NB No Masses this morning
8.00pm Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper
followed by ‘watching’ at the Altar of Repose till midnight
Good Friday 9.00am Morning Prayer & Office of Readings
10.30am Children’s Workshop & 11am Children’s Liturgy
3.00pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
7.30pm Prayer around the Cross
Holy Saturday 9.00am Morning Prayer & Office of Readings
8.30pm Solemn Easter Vigil in the Holy Night
& First Mass of Easter Sunday
Easter Sunday 8.30am, 9.45am, 11.00am (Solemn), 12.30pm Masses
NB No Sunday evening Mass on Easter Sunday
HOLY WEEK 2011Holy Week is the greatest week in the Church’s calendar. During Holy Week we celebrate the mysteries of our salvation accomplished by Christ in the last days of his life on earth. Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday which joins the celebration of Christ's regal triumph and the Passion. The commemoration of the entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem has, according to ancient custom, been celebrated with a solemn procession, in which the faithful in song and gesture imitate the Hebrew children who went to meet the Lord singing "Hosanna".
‘The Easter Triduum’ begins with the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, is continued through Good Friday with the celebration of the Passion of the Lord and Holy Saturday, to reach its summit in the Easter Vigil. The greatest mysteries of the Redemption are celebrated yearly by the Church. This time is called "the triduum of the crucified, buried and risen"; it is also called the "Easter Triduum" because during it is celebrated the Paschal mystery, that is, the passing of the Lord from this world to his Father and the glory of his resurrection from the dead. The Church, by the celebration of this mystery, is united to Christ the Lord in intimate communion.
Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper 8.00pm
As the daylight fades on Holy Thursday we enter the sacred time of the Triduum. The evening Mass of Holy Thursday recalls the Last Supper, in which the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed offered to the Father his Body and Blood, gave them to the Apostles as spiritual nourishment, and commanded them and their successors in the priesthood to perpetuate this offering. They had gathered to eat the Passover meal, but this supper marks the beginning of something even greater: the beginning of the Passover of Jesus himself, the Lamb of God. This is a journey through the parted seas of death that will see Jesus laid low and lifted high on the cross. At the meal, Jesus washed the disciples’ feet as a sign of love and service that will be demanded of all disciples. At the end of the meal, he went out into the terror of the night, to the garden of tears at Gethsemane. We too follow him to the Altar of Repose where we will remain to ‘watch and pray.’
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 3.00pm
On this day, when Christ our Passover was sacrificed, the Church meditates on the Passion of her Lord, venerates his Cross, commemorates her origin from the side of the crucified Christ, and intercedes for the salvation of the whole world.
On this day, in accordance with ancient tradition, the Church does not celebrate the sacraments; Holy Communion is distributed to the faithful during the celebration of the Lord's Passion alone. This solemn celebration is both moving and full of faith and hope. Please make a very special effort to participate in the Church’s prayer of Good Friday.
Good Friday is a day of penance to be observed as an obligation in the whole Church, through abstinence and fasting. It is a remarkable day to be lived in simplicity and faith.
On Holy Saturday the Church waits at the Lord's tomb, meditating on his passion and death, and on his descent to the dead, awaiting his resurrection with prayer and fasting. There will be confessions in church today from 11am-1.00pm. Please note that there will be no usual Saturday evening Mass today. The Easter Vigil will begin at 8.30pm.
EASTER: THE GREAT VIGIL
Solemn Easter Vigil – Holy Saturday 8.30pmAccording to a most ancient tradition, this night is a vigil for the Lord, and the ritual celebrated during it to commemorate that holy night when the Lord rose from the dead is regarded as the "mother of all holy vigils". For in this night the Church keeps watch, waiting for the resurrection of the Lord, and celebrates the sacraments of Christian initiation. The Passover Vigil, in which the Hebrews kept watch for the Lord's Passover which was to free them from slavery to Pharaoh, was an annual commemoration. It prefigured the true Pasch of Christ that was to come, the night that is of true liberation, in which destroying the bonds of death, Christ rose as victor from the depths. Tonight we celebrate some of the most ancient rites of the Church. We bless the Easter fire and sing the praise of the Paschal Candle, which is itself a sign of Christ, the very Pillar of Fire that rose out of the darkness of the tomb to guide us through the wilderness into glory.
From the very outset the Church has celebrated that annual Pasch, which is the solemnity of solemnities, above all by means of a night vigil. For the resurrection of Christ is the foundation of our faith and hope, and through Baptism and Confirmation, sacraments of initiation, we are inserted into the paschal mystery of Christ, dying, buried, and raised with him. On this night we welcome new Christians born again of baptism and confirmation. The full meaning of this Vigil is a waiting for the coming of the Lord.
On this night, our fire and our faith will dispel the darkness of the night, and all will rejoice in the knowledge that Christ our Lord has truly risen from dead.
The Recently Deceased:
Rose Foley (Funeral at St. Vincent De Paul, Osterley on Friday 22nd Dec. 10am, Reception into Church Thursday 21st Dec. 6.00pm.)
Those whose Anniversaries occur at this time:
Ernest Neal, Peter Collinson, Elizabeth Sinn, Margaret & Peter Boyle, Mary & John Reynolds, Manuel Luis Pires, Jose Pires Goncalves, Agatha Fraser, Alwyn Alfred, Mary Joyce, Maria Beschizza, Patsy Sweeney, Maria Amelia Martin, Sidney Martin, Michael McAffee, Mary Travers Alfred, Percival Benjamin Alfred, Mary Theresa Molloy, John Deverell, Roger King, Brian Neville, Patrick Joseph Tierney