Holy Thursday - 7:00 pm
Good Friday - 7:00 pm
Easter Vigil (Saturday) - 8:30pm
Easter Sunday 8:00 am, 10:00 am and 11:45 am (Vietnamese)
We are about to enter into the heart of the Church's liturgical year, the three days of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. It is the Passover of the Lord. While we celebrate this event on three different days it is truly one event, separated in time. For this reason our celebration begins with a formal signing of the Cross at the beginning of Thursday's Mass and ends with the final blessing at the conclusion of the Mass at the Easter Vigil, Saturday night.
Holy Thursday - The Mass of the Last Supper
The theme of this liturgy is unity and love. It also is the annual celebration of the institution of the Eucharist — the Mass. The Eucharist draws us together in unity and gives life to the Church. In the service of the washing of feet the priest performs an act, which reveals the true nature of Christian love, discipleship, and service. Those who wish to lead must be at the service of all. At the close of the Holy Thursday celebration the Blessed Sacrament is moved to a separate tabernacle in the daily Mass chapel and the service ends with the congregation dispersing in silence. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, lasting until midnight, is a means of further entering into the passion of the Lord, which will mark tomorrow's celebration. The Triduum of waiting and prayer has begun.
Good Friday - Celebration of the Lord's Passion and Death
Today's liturgy is marked by an austere solemnity. We begin by gathering in silence. The proclamation of the Word includes the reading of the Passion of Christ followed by expanded General Intercessions. The veneration of the Cross, which follows, focuses not so much on the crucified Lord but rather on the cross itself — a symbol of victory and salvation. A simple communion rite concludes the Good Friday liturgy, after which the congregation again departs in silence. This celebration is a proclamation of the Lord's death until he comes again, and a testimony to the presence of the risen Lord.
Holy Saturday - Easter Vigil
This celebration begins with the service of light. The Easter Fire is lit at the entrance of the Church and the Paschal Candle — a symbol of Christ's abiding presence — is signed, blessed, and lit. The light of Christ then spreads through the Church as each member lights his or her candle from the flame of the Paschal Candle. An extended series of readings — a custom of early Church vigils that lasted through the night — follows. The "Glory to God" and the Alleluia verse are sung, music from which we have fasted throughout the season of Lent. We hear the wonderful story of God's creation of the World and redemption of the World through Christ. Following the Liturgy of the Word, new members join the Church, reborn in the celebration of Baptism and Confirmation. The entire Vigil culminates with the liturgy of the Eucharist. The whole church is called to the table that the Lord prepared for His people through His death and resurrection. It is here, at the Eucharist, that we find the fullest expression of the Easter Sacrament — the commemoration of the Sacrifice of the Cross, the presence of the risen Christ, the completion of Christian initiation, and a foretaste of our eternal communion with God. The Easter Vigil ends with the solemn blessing and dismissal. What began at the opening of Mass on Holy Thursday evening is now complete.