HOLY WEEK MASS TIMES
SAINT ANNE’S
EASTER 2021.
  • Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper 6 pm

  • Good Friday The Lord’s Passion 3 pm

  • Easter Easter Vigil 8 pm

  • Easter Sunday 12 noon

  • Easter Monday Mass 11.00 am at Overton

Maundy Thursday
Thursday in Holy Week or Maundy Thursday is the fifth day of Holy Week. The liturgy commemorates the Washing of the Feet and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles, as described in the canonical gospels.

2021 Observance in Church
In 2020, acts of public worship were suspended before, during and after Holy Week to address the global COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the Celebrations for Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum will be in the presence of Christ’s faithful. However, there is a continuing need for social distancing measures, mask-wearing and careful hygiene. To this end, the Bishops’ Conference has provided guidance for Holy Week. 
Here’s the section on the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.
In the Decree of March 2020, the exceptional faculty to celebrate this Mass without the faithful was granted to all priests on this day, and it is assumed via the Note of 2021 that this is still permitted. However, the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper finds its fullest expression with a congregation. The Washing of the Feet is to be omitted and there is to be no procession to the Altar of Repose. The Reserved Sacrament is to be kept in the Tabernacle of the church. The altar should not be stripped in the usual manner, and most certainly not if the Blessed Sacrament is reserved at that altar. Holy Communion should be given under one kind. For reasons of safety, Watching in lieu of the Altar of Repose is not possible this year.


Good Friday
On Good Friday we celebrate the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ as a redemption for the whole human race.

2021 Observance in Church
In 2020, acts of public worship were suspended before, during and after Holy Week to address the global COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the Celebrations for Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum will be in the presence of Christ’s faithful. However, there is a continuing need for social distancing measures, mask-wearing and careful hygiene. To this end, the Bishops’ Conference has provided guidance for Holy Week. 
Here’s the section on Good Friday:
The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord should take place in the church with a congregation wherever possible. Care should be taken for the numbers of people present for this liturgy which is very popular with the faithful. The proclamation of the Passion according to St John should be read in a dignified yet expeditious manner with or without multiple readers. The turba parts should not be exclaimed by the congregation. The Universal Prayer should be carried out without undue delay. Like last year, a special intention (For the afflicted in time of Pandemic) is to be inserted before the intercession For those in Tribulation (X). For The Adoration of the Holy Cross, the Cross can either be veiled or unveiled according to whether the first or second form of the Showing is used. It may be expedient to use the second form for ease. For the Adoration, the Veneration of the Cross is limited to the celebrant alone. After he has done this, he should “invite the people present in a few words to adore the Holy Cross and afterwards, holds the Cross elevated higher for a brief time, for the faithful to adore in silence.” (Rubrics #19). This may be expressed by the faithful through a short period of silent prayer, a gesture such as a genuflection or bow in their places, followed by another short period of silent prayer. Holy Communion should be given under one kind from the Reserved Sacrament.


Easter Vigil Mass

2021 Observance in Church
In 2020, acts of public worship were suspended before, during and after Holy Week to address the global COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the Celebrations for Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum will be in the presence of Christ’s faithful. However, there is a continuing need for social distancing measures, mask-wearing and careful hygiene. To this end, the Bishops’ Conference has provided guidance for Holy Week. 
Here’s the section on the Easter Vigil Mass.
This should be celebrated in Cathedrals and Parish Churches only. For the celebration of the Easter Vigil, the Paschal candle should be prepared, enthroned and lit in the Sanctuary before the people gather in the church, or simply lit at the beginning of the celebration. The ministers should process in silence to the sanctuary where the Celebrant begins the celebration with the Sign of the Cross and the Greeting, Dear brothers and sisters, on this most sacred night…At the end of the Greeting, the Easter Proclamation (the Exsultet) immediately follows, preferably using the Shorter Form. This is either said or sung by a single voice. The faithful should not have votive candles for the Easter Vigil. The Liturgy of the Word follows. In order to expedite the liturgy in a dignified way, it is recommended that two Old Testament readings from both the Law and the Prophets with their respective psalms, in addition to the reading of Exodus 14 and its canticle (which may never be omitted) are used (Rubrics, #21). The homily, after the proclamation of the Gospel, is not to be omitted but is to be brief (Rubrics, #36). The celebrant should bless the baptismal water in the font or in a suitable receptacle in the sanctuary. The Renewal of Baptismal Promises should be made by those present, but the celebrant should not sprinkle the faithful, nor should the holy water stoups be refilled.
The Liturgy of the Eucharist follows. Holy Communion should be given under one kind from the newly consecrated Sacrament.

Easter Sunday
The Mass of Easter Day, all priests should endeavour to celebrate Mass for their people. The Mass should be as prescribed in the Roman Missal but without the sprinkling of water as part of the Renewal of Baptismal Promises.

 

Holy Saturday/Easter Sunday: This year we regret to say that it is not possible for you to bring your own containers to collect the Easter Water. Instead, we are making 50 jars of Easter water available for those who would like to take some home. They will be blessed as part of the Easter Vigil and we will limit the quantity available per household to make them as widely available as possible.