Easter Brochure 2009

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  • 1. Holy Week & Easter Upcoming Events ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE Easter Triduum CATHOLIC PARISH What is the Triduum and when does Lent end? Lent ends on Holy Thursday. Holy Thursday evening through Easter Sunday CONFIRMATION evening represents the one unified event of Christ’s death and resurrection, which is Bishop Eusebio Elizondo celebrated over three days which is called the April 20, 2009 Triduum. What is Good Friday? This day is called Good Friday because God has the last word. What was intended as the worst possible FIRST COMMUNION degradation of a criminal was, in fact, part of our redemption. It is called good for the same May 16 & 17, 2009 reason that Jesus' followers eventually saw the cross not as a mark of shame and dishonor but as a reminder of Jesus' incredibly generous love. What is Holy Saturday? Part of the Triduum SMS Benefit Golf Tournament and also called the Easter Vigil. During Vigil May 30, 2009 Services, catechumens (those preparing to join Holy Week the Catholic Church) are baptized together with the already baptized who are becoming Catholics bringing them into full Communion & Easter with the Catholic Church. PENTECOST Easter Season Holy Week April 9-10 May 31, 2009 What is Easter Sunday and how does it Easter Vigil April 11 differ from the Easter Season? Easter Sunday is the day when we celebrate Christ’s Easter Sunday April 12 resurrection from the dead. The Easter Season totals 50 days - Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. The Easter Season is a time for SMS GRADUATION reflection on and deepening of our awareness June 7, 2009 of the mysteries prepared for in Lent and celebrated at the Triduum. 4400 130th Place S.E. Bellevue, WA 98006 What is Pentecost? Pentecost is celebrated 50 425-747-6770 days after Easter Sunday. It is the Christian Www.stmadsophie.org feast commemorating the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the apostles, which marked the start of the church’s mission on earth.
  • 2. EASTER HOLY WEEK GOOD FRIDAY April 6-10 This week is Holy Week, and we celebrate the This is the day the Lord has made; “high holy days” of our Catholic faith on let us rejoice and be glad. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. These are the most important Stations of the Cross liturgies of the church year! This is the week Lord, grant us your strength and wisdom, when everything else stops so that we can that we may seek to follow your will in all things. focus on the Dying and Rising of Christ. We On Easter Sunday morning we will have three invite you to make these evenings a sacred On Good Friday we will have Stations of the Masses, at 7:00 AM, 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM priority so that you are able to participate Cross at Noon. Please join us as we pray and This feast of feasts and the most significant fully in these very special liturgies. contemplate each of the 14 Stations of the day of the liturgical calendar reminds us of Cross, Christ’s journey to his crucifixion. the centrality and mystery of our faith - that Jesus HOLY THURSDAY At 7:00 PM we will celebrate the Liturgy of the was raised from the dead so that He might always, Lord’s Passion. This is a powerful and moving everywhere and eternally, live His new life within liturgy. Following the ancient tradition of the us. Church, there are no sacraments celebrated on Good Friday nor Holy Saturday. The altar is Holy Thursday completely bare, with no cloths, candles nor On Holy Thursday our evening Mass of the cross. The service is divided into three parts: April 9 at 7 PM Lord's Supper will begin at 7:00 PM. Liturgy of the Word, veneration of the cross Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Holy Communion. This is a day of prayer This is a beautiful liturgy, remembering how Washing of Feet and contemplation. We should try to take time Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, calling Followed by Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament until Midnight off from work and school to participate in the us to serve one another, giving us the devotions and liturgy of the day as much as Eucharist. As we did last year, everyone Good Friday attending will have the opportunity, if you possible. wish, to have your feet washed or to wash the April 10 feet of another. It is wonderful for the HOLY SATURDAY 12 Noon: Stations of the Cross community to do as Jesus did. Wear your 7 PM: Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion EASTER VIGIL sandals! Veneration of the Cross Following the Thursday evening Mass, as is Holy Saturday evening, called the Easter Vigil, our tradition at St. Madeleine’s, we will have is our primary Easter Liturgy. It starts at EASTER VIGIL MASS prayer before the Blessed Sacrament until 8:30 PM, and includes Baptism, midnight. It's a wonderful time to stay and Confirmation and Eucharist for our Saturday, April 11 pray, or you may wish to come back later to those who have prepared through 8:30 PM pray. Plan to do what Jesus asked of his our Christian Initiation process. Reception following in the Koinonia room disciples: quot;Stay and pray with me.quot; The Easter vigil is the most important and powerful liturgy in the entire Church year. The music is EASTER SUNDAY MASSES inspirational with some music that is only done at the Easter Vigil service. Join with us April 12 7:00 AM , 8:30 AM, 11:00 AM on Saturday evening to experience the joy of the Resurrection.