For the Triduum & Easter

Dear Parishioners,
As we begin these days of the most Sacred Triduum, the following at home rituals have been created for you to celebrate with the members of your household.  Below are rituals for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil as well as Easter Sunday Morning.  Rachel, our Family Faith Formation Coordinator has provided a special Gospel-based activity.
In addition, Archbishop Richard Gagnon is encouraging all the members of the Church community to unify in prayer, and consider participating in a nine-day Divine Mercy Novena, beginning on Good Friday and leading up to Divine Mercy Sunday, April 19.  All are asked to include in their prayers the health of all care workers as well as those who are struggling with the virus and those who have died.  See the Chaplet Prayer below.
Please join the live stream of the Triduum and Easter Celebrations from St. Mary’s Cathedral by visiting the Archdiocesan website.
Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7:30 pm
Good Friday, The Passion of the Lord – 3:00 pm
Holy Saturday, Mass of Easter Vigil – 8:00 pm
Easter Sunday, Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord – 11:00 am
Let us continue to keep one another in our prayers as we celebrate these Holy Days of our faith in the most unprecedented way.
In Christ,
Fr. Darrin
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At Home Triduum & Easter Reflections 2020

We offer you the following material for your praying and reflecting on God’s Word.
click:  Printable copy of Triduum & Easter Reflections & Table Ritual
click:  Printable copy the Chaplet Prayer
 – use for the nine-day Divine Mercy Novena

Ritual for Holy Thursday, April 9

During the time of Jesus’ earthly mission, foot washing was an expression of great hospitality, service and care.  To extend foot washing to a guest after a long day of travel was to accept them and the path they walked with respect and welcome.

Gathered together as a family, read the following Gospel from Holy Thursday: John 13:1-15

With pitcher and basin, take time to wash one another’s feet and dry them with a towel.

Once all members of the household have had their feet washed, join in these intercessions of prayer.  Additional prayers may be added.

  • God of mercy and compassion.  We pray for the Church, called and created by God to be a radical sign of God’s presence in the world.  For Francis our Pope, Richard our Bishop, for all bishops and for all who minister to God’s holy people.  We pray to the Lord.
  • God of justice and lover of mercy.  We pray for world leaders and government officials responsible for the common good of all people.  We pray for moral and ethical government practices and polices that will protect the dignity of all.  We pray to the Lord.
  • God of health and well-being.  We pray for our global community as we face the every growing COVID-19 pandemic.  For medical care providers, front line workers and for all who are committed to keeping our community safe.  We pray for those who are in the urgent pursuit of effective treatments and vaccines that will restore health to our human family.  We pray to the Lord.
  • God of our human community.  We pray for a response of good citizenship in all neighbours, at this time.  For an abundance of care, mercy, patience, goodwill and love.  We pray for our mental, emotional and spiritual well-being during this time of tremendous isolation, distress and fear.  We pray to the Lord.
  • God of our parish family.  We pray for our parish community of St. Gianna.  We pray that this time of absence may enable us to understand more deeply the marvellous gift that our parish family is. We pray for a renewed passion and desire to come back together with a new vision and purpose so that we might truly rise to the work ahead of us and the mission to be accomplished.  We pray to the Lord.
  • God of Eternal life.  We pray for all who have died and gone before us.  May eternal rest be granted unto them and may perpetual life shine upon them.  We pray to the Lord.
  • Gathering up prayers and petitions into one we pray in the way Jesus taught us….
    Our Father…

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Ritual for Good Friday, April 10

With a Cross/Crucifix placed on a table, begin today’s at home ritual with a few moments of silence.

Read the Passion from the Gospel of John: John 18:1-19,42

After a few moments of quiet, allow each participant the opportunity to reverence the Cross with a gesture of devotion.

After all have reverence the Cross, join in these intercession of prayer.  Additional prayers may be added.

  • God of mercy and compassion.  We pray for the Church, called and created by God to be a radical sign of God’s presence in the world.  For Francis our Pope, Richard our Bishop, for all bishops and for all who minister to God’s holy people.  We pray to the Lord.
  • God of justice and lover of mercy.  We pray for world leaders and government officials responsible for the common good of all people.  We pray for moral and ethical government practices and polices that will protect the dignity of all.  We pray to the Lord.
  • God of health and well-being.  We pray for our global community as we face the every growing COVID-19 pandemic.  For medical care providers, front line workers and for all who are committed to keeping our community safe.  We pray for those who are in the urgent pursuit of effective treatments and vaccines that will restore health to our human family.  We pray to the Lord.
  • God of our human community.  We pray for a response of good citizenship in all neighbours, at this time.  For an abundance of care, mercy, patience, goodwill and love.  We pray for our mental, emotional and spiritual well-being during this time of tremendous isolation, distress and fear.  We pray to the Lord.
  • God of our parish family.  We pray for our parish community of St. Gianna.  We pray that this time of absence may enable us to understand more deeply the marvellous gift that our parish family is. We pray for a renewed passion and desire to come back together with a new vision and purpose so that we might truly rise to the work ahead of us and the mission to be accomplished.  We pray to the Lord.
  • God of Eternal life.  We pray for all who have died and gone before us.  May eternal rest be granted unto them and may perpetual life shine upon them.  We pray to the Lord.
  • Gathering up prayers and petitions into one we pray in the way Jesus taught us….
    Our Father…

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Ritual for Easter Vigil, April 11

Gathered around a lit candle, read the following passages from Scripture:
Genesis 1:1,26-31a,   Exodus 14:15-31,   Romans 6:3-11,   Matthew 28:1-10

Hearing the stories of God’s continual presence in the experiences of his people, consider where Christ’s presence can be found as we make our way through this COVID-19 world pandemic. Allow each participate to share the various ways God’s presence is being revealed.

In a spirit of gratitude and hope, pray in the words that Jesus taught us… Our Father…

Together, place the burning candle in a window where it can be seen by all as a sign of God’s enduring love.

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Ritual for Easter Sunday, April 12

As a part of our Easter Sunday ritual, we offer the following two attachments to help your family make this day Holy.  Attached you will find a Gospel Story reflection with supportive activities, as well as the Table Ritual for your meal time together. 

Sunday Gospel for April 12, 2020

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.  So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’

Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb.  The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.  He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrapping lying there, but he did not go in.

Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb.  He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself.

Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.

But Mary Magdalene stood weeping outside the tomb.  As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb, and she saw two Angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet.

They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’  She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.’  When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.

Jesus said to her, ‘Woman why are you weeping?  Whom are you looking for?’  Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’  Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’  She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ which means Teacher.  Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father.  But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’

Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord,’ and she told them that he had said these things to her.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

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Family Activities

Easter faith is the call to be witnesses to Jesus’ Resurrection.  For the people in the Gospel stories, the great sorrow of their loss was turned to great joy when they realized that Jesus had been raised from the dead.  Talk about losses your family has experienced.  What did you feel? What did you do?  Commit as a family to take time to enjoy one another’s company during the days of Easter.

Read Matthew 28:1–10 as a family, letting the children take the roles of the angel and Jesus.   Set up the narrative by speculating on how sad the women must have felt as they approached the tomb.  Talk about the excitement of the two women who saw the empty tomb and heard the angel explain that Jesus was raised from the dead.  Wonder together about how it must have felt to embrace the risen Lord as the women did.  Imagine with your children the enthusiasm the women must have felt when sent to tell the disciples that Jesus was raised from the dead. Remind them that today we remember and celebrate all that Jesus did to win entry to Heaven for us.  Create together a colourful ALLELUIA banner to display in your home to celebrate Jesus Christ’s glorious Resurrection.

Renewal of Baptismal Promises

During Easter, we remember our own baptism.  Find your family’s baptismal candles and light them.  Renew your baptismal promises.

Leader: Do you reject Satan?
All: I do.

Leader: And all his works?
All: I do.

Leader: And all his empty promises?
All: I do.

Leader: Do you believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth?
All: I do.

Leader: Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,   the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?
All: I do.

Leader: God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, give us the gift of new life through the waters   of Baptism and the Holy Spirit.  Let us be witnesses of his love as we go forth into the   world.  To our heavenly Father, we pray. Amen.

Together, pray in the words Jesus taught us… Our Father…

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TABLE RITUAL

Together at the evening meal or the main meal of the day, gathered around the common table, we give thanks to God who is the sustainer and protector of our days. This ritual gives us the opportunity to connect that which we will share at this table with the everlasting abundance of God.

Candles
Once all are gathered at the table, a member of the family lights two candles, placed as the centre piece of the table. After which one participant or all pray together.

O God, who scatters the darkness of our world, may the lighting of these candles remind us that you continue to overcome all darkness that attempts to overshadow your light. May we always see the brightness of your light and the radiance of your truth, through Christ our Lord. Amen

Water
A member of the household pours water from a common jug, into individual glasses. After which one participant or all pray together.

O God who sends down the rains to water the earth so that the soil may produce a rich and bountiful harvest, may this water refresh us and satisfy our every thirst as we place all of our hope and faith in you, through Christ our Lord. Amen

All take a drink of the water together.

Bread
As a loaf of bread is broken and shared among those at table.

O God who is our daily bread for health of mind and body, we pray that this bread now broken and shared will keep us ever mindful of your abundant love and mercy. Nourished by this bread may we always be bread for one another, through Christ our Lord. Amen

Bread loaf or large bun is shared among those at table.
*Meal continues as per usual.

Wine or Fruit Juice
As the meal draws to conclusion, a small glass of wine or fruit juice is poured out for all at table. As each glass is held up, all pray together.

Blessed are you Lord God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this fruit of the vine which earth has given and human hands have made. May this blessing cup make us always mindful of the love which you have poured out for us in the Blood of Christ so that we might live each day in the promise of eternal life. Thanks be to God.

Together all drink the glass of wine or fruit juice.

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How to Recite the Chaplet (for the 9-day Divine Mercy Novena)

The Chaplet of Mercy is recited using ordinary rosary beads of five decades.
The Chaplet is preceded by two opening prayers from the Diary of Saint Faustina and followed by a closing prayer.

1. Make the Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

2. Optional Opening Prayers
You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world.  O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

Repeat three times:
O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You!

3. Our Father
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, Amen.

4. Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace.  The Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

5. The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

6. The Eternal Father
Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

7. On the 10 Small Beads of Each Decade
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

8. Repeat for the remaining decades
Saying the “Eternal Father” (#6) on the “Our Father” bead and then 10 “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion” (#7) on the following “Hail Mary” beads.

9. Conclude with Holy God (Repeat three times)
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

10. Optional Closing Prayer
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

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Triduum & Easter Liturgies Live Streamed

The Liturgies with Archbishop Gagnon will be live-streamed from the Archdiocese of Winnipeg media outlets.

Easter Triduum (A single celebration over 3 days):

Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
– Holy Thursday, April 9 at 7:30 pm

Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion
– Good Friday, April 10 at 3:00 pm

Easter Vigil – The Resurrection of the Lord
– Holy Saturday, April 11 at 8:00 pm

Easter Sunday – The Resurrection of the Lord
– Sunday, April 12 at 11:00 am

The live broadcast becomes functional approximately 5 minutes before the start of the liturgy. Join the Celebration using the Archdiocesan social media outlets:

  1. YouTube – Archdiocese of Winnipeg Channel
  2. Facebook
  3. Archdiocesan website  (click on the slider image)

Membership on YouTube or Facebook is not required to view the stream!