I’ll go to the 8:15 Mass Thursday morning for those who cannot attend the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. The rest of the day will be normal stuff. Then, early in the evening, I’ll sing the Maundy Thursday service at the Episcopal church and proceed afterward to choir rehearsal. When that finally ends, I’ll head over to the Cathedral for adoration until midnight. At midnight, they have night prayer, usually with a small men’s schola singing some Renaissance music. It’s wonderful until the priest takes the Blessed Sacrament out of the chapel and leaves us all alone. I never fail to break down crying at that. Then home to bed without Letterman.
Good Friday morning, I’ll sing Morning Prayer at my own parish. At noon, I’m going to the Episcopal church to hear one of the best preachers I’ve ever heard. Although female and non-Catholic, she’s still the best - each sermon is as beautifully composed as a symphony, and I’ve not heard her say anything objectionable - yet! Just my luck, she’ll turn into a radical nut Friday when DH is with me. Then we’ll go to the Passion service at 3:00 at our parish, which DH helps with. Then dinner, then Tenebrae at our parish, where I’ll be the cantor.
Holy Saturday I’ll spend baking and cooking for Easter. I’ll try to slip out and go to Confession around 11 in the morning. Then I’ll be the cantor for the Easter Vigil at our parish, and I’m singing the Exsultet! It will be a struggle to get through that without crying, too. I’ll have to indulge in a tearful rendition of it at home for myself, then concentrate on some musical technicalities while I sing it at church to stay composed. After the vigil, off to Baskin Robbins/Dunkin Donuts for a treat!
Easter morning, I sing two services at the Episcopal church, with a nice breakfast in between. Then pack up my goodies and take them to Easter dinner at our cousin’s house.
Happy Easter, everyone!