APRIL FAITH WORDS



 
Easter Communion
The reception of the Holy Eucharist during the Easter Season, commonly referred to as "Easter Duty." The timing varies in different countries but it is generally between Ash Wednesday and Trinity Sunday. This is a precept of the Church and includes the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Easter Vigil
The ceremonies of Holy Saturday. It is the most solemn memorial of the entire Church year. It consists of four parts-Service of Light, Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of Baptism, and Liturgy of the Eucharist. The entire celebration takes place after nightfall.
Exsultet
A solemn hymn of praise proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus. It is sung, usually by a deacon before the paschal candle during the Easter Vigil after the Procession of Light and before the Liturgy of the Word.
Good Friday
 
The day on which Christians commemorate the passion and death of Christ for the salvation of the world. In the Catholic Church, it is called the "Celebration of the Lord's Passion". It is a service made up of a Liturgy of the Word, Veneration of the Cross, and Holy Communion. In the Roman Rite, no Masses are allowed to be celebrated on this day.
Holy Thursday
The Thursday before Easter when the Church commemorates the institution of the Eucharist and the priesthood at the Mass of the Lord's Supper in the evening. On that morning, the Chrism Mass is typically celebrated at the diocesan cathedral. Because of pastoral needs in our diocese, the Chrism Mass is celebrated on the Thursday before Holy Thursday.
Holy Saturday
The day when the Church commemorates Jesus Christ laying in the tomb after his death. It is the day after Good Friday and the day before Easter Sunday. Easter Vigil begins after nightfall on this day.
Palm Sunday
The day the when Church commemorates Jesus Christ laying in the tomb after his death. It is the day after Good Friday and the day before Easter Sunday. Easter Vigil begins after nightfall on this day.
Passion Plays
Dramatic re-enactments of Christ's passion. Originally they were part of the ritual of the early Church. By the 17th century their presentations were mostly in monasteries or isolated villages. A renewal of interest in them took place in the 19th century in Austria, Bohemia, and at Oberammergau in Bavaria. The dramatic plays in Oberammergan are famous throughout the world and are performed every ten years in thanksgiving for the deliverance of their village from the plague. The next presentation of this passion play will take place in 2020.
Triduum
The term used for the three days of prayer preceding a major solemnity. Most often it refers the three days preceding Easter. The Paschal Triduum begins with the Mass of the Lord's Supper and concludes with Vespers on Easter Sunday. The Church teaches that the three celebrations of the Triduum, Mass of the Lord's Supper, Celebration of the Lord's Passion, and the Easter Vigil are one celebration that takes place over the three days prior to Easter.
Veneration of the Cross
The portion of the Good Friday liturgy where the faithful comes forward and reverences the cross individually by genuflecting before it or kissing it.
 
 
 
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