Judging from the usertitle, you’d expect me to have a first-hand view of everything going on in my parish…so let me tell you about how we do Triduum (if there are any points you’d like to make, feel free to do so).
We open it all on Holy Thursday evening, with the procession (“Table of Plenty” is the entrance hymn). Then Fr. Mark starts Mass as usual, at which point we do the first Gloria since the last Sunday before Lent (aside from the feasts of the Chair of Peter, St. Joseph, and the Annunciation) (that Gloria is the St. Louis Jesuits one; “Give glory to God in the highest (trumpet line)…”) Then the Mass goes on as usual (I typically do the Gospel Acclamation-this Lent it’s to the tune of “Wondrous Love”-it goes “Praise and honor to you, O Lord, O Lord. Praise and honor to you, Lord Jesus Christ”) up to the point where Fr. Mark does his homily…every Holy Thursday he gives it from the POV of one of the people involved with Holy Thursday ('06 he did Jesus, '07 Judas, '08 one of the soldiers outside, ‘09 the Angel of Perseverance in Faith-looking forward to who 2010’s folk is)…then 12 people are chosen to have their feet washed (while the choir is singing “No Greater Love” and “The Lord Jesus”)…then Mass goes on as usual (our offertory hymn is the OCP rendition of “Ubi Caritas”-say what you want, but I think it’s an awesome contemporary rendition) until Fr. Mark sings the Eucharistic Prayer (Haugen’s Mass of Creation adaptation of Eucharistic Prayer III-BTW Fr. Mark really doesn’t like that one-he hopes we can find another sung setting of the Eucharistic Prayer-one more thing: there’s much more quiet from the assembly than usual at that point)-and then Mass goes on as usual (“The Supper of the Lord” is one of the two communion hymns we do)-and after the PaC comes my favorite part of the night-I have loved the Pange Lingua ever since I was six years old! (though I like how it was at St. Rita’s better than how it is at St. Lucy’s-St. Lucy’s doesn’t use any Latin, and it’s all to minimal piano-over at St. Rita’s-we always used the Latin-first four verses followed by English, last two just Latin-MAN HOW I LOVE AQUINAS’ ORIGINAL LATIN!)-but I digress…
At Good Friday, we enter in silence, then Fr. Mark and my dad fall prostrate in front of the altar (as is perscribed)-then Fr. Mark opens up with “Let us pray” (even though it explicitly says in the missal “Let Us Pray” is not said)-then it goes on like a traditional Good Friday service would be expected to-though I do have a question. At St. Rita’s, they used to have a bare cross for people to venerate, but at St. Lucy’s, Fr. Mark brings a complete crucifix for that purpose. Which one is supposed to be that?
Now comes the Easter Vigil, where I’ll just leave you some notes about that
- My dad rehearses the Exultet each day up to then, starting with before Lent-yes, it’s THAT hard.
- The readings we use are the Creation, Abraham almost sacrificing Isaac, the parting of the Red Sea, and Isaiah’s “come to the water” text-always been one of my favorites!
- Once again, we do the St. Louis Jesuits Gloria (I REALLY wish we could get the Gloria of the Bells for this one)
- We use a special Psalm 118 version of the Celtic A-word (can’t say it during Lent, but it’ll be sung a lot once the Vigil comes)…
- During Confirmation, the Taize “Veni Sancte Spiritus” is sung-I’ve always loved that
- The offertory hymn is just by the Choir-it’s called “Jubilate Deo”-allow me to take a break to describe it.
a. Jubilate! Jubilate! Jubilate Deo!
O sing to the Lord a joyful song and praises bring alway,
O sing to the Lord a joyful song for Christ is risen today.
Jubilate! Jubilate! Jubilate!
b. (to the tune of O Sacred Head Surrounded-lemme know if you find anything wrong with this)
They crucified him on a tree, He humbly bowed His head.
He suffered there for you and me, the people thought Him dead.
This God-child of the Virgin’s womb henceforth triumphantly
Arose from out his earthly tomb to bring us victory.
(then part a. again)
- Eucharistic Prayer I is used-and every year I do a quick prayer that Fr. Mark uses the full forms of the saints part (a. James, John, Thomas, etc. b. Ignatius, Alexander, etc.)-of course he never does.
- Our first Communion hymn is a choir piece called “Easter Angel Hymn”-quite fitting with the scriptures-especially since this year Luke’s account is used.
- It’s wrapped up as usual, with Dad chanting the dismissal (and to correct an earlier thread, it’s a double A-word, not a triple one) and “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” as the recessional.
- We used to have a big party in the gym afterwards-but not anymore because some underagers consumed the wine-however, our Choir still has a little party in the rehearsal room.
So, that’s St. Lucy in Racine’s version of Triduum-any and all feedback is appreciated!