Palm Sunday Masses ~ We receive blessed palms and commemorate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, and the beginning of the most holiest week of the year for Christianity.
Chrism Mass ~ Join Bishop Steven Raica and all the priests of the Diocese of Gaylord at our cathedral church for this beautiful liturgy. The Holy Oils – for the sick, the catechumens, and the Sacred Chrism – for all the parishes in the Diocese are blessed by the Bishop. The priest renew their vows and we all partake in the Eucharist as the church of Gaylord.
St Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral, Gaylord ~ 11 am (all are welcome)
Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper ~ We enter the Sacred Paschal Triduum; the holiest days of the year. At This Mass, we commemorate the institution of the Eucharist and the priesthood. Feet are washed that ties Eucharist inextricably to service, and we transfer the Eucharistic Species to the Hall where adoration continues.
Good Friday Liturgy ~ Mass is forbidden on Good Friday throughout the world on this most solemn day. We return to church and encounter the Passion according to John. We pray deeply the General Intercessions for the world and all its peoples. We adore the cross – the instrument of death and salvation – and we receive communion that was consecrated on Holy Thursday. We are dismissed in silence to ponder the death of our Lord.
Morning Prayer/Blessing of Easter Baskets ~ The custom of blessing food for Easter arose from the discipline of fasting throughout Lent and the special Easter fast during the Triduum. Easter was the first day when meat, eggs, and other foods could again be eaten. (Book of Blessings 1701)
Easter Vigil Mass ~ Church keeps watch throughout this day. When the sun has set, she gathers outside in darkness. The fire is lit and blessed. The new Paschal Candle, symbolizing the light of Christ is lit and carried into church, which is in total darkness. All present light their candles from the Paschal Candle and the church is soon ablaze with light. The ancient Easter Proclamation, the Exultet, is chanted, which announces that Christ has risen! We gather around the new Light of Christ and listen to an extended Liturgy of the Word in which Salvation History is recounted. We walk with our elect to the waters of baptism, who through this sacrament, and confirmation and finally Eucharist, are joined with us to our Catholic family. We ourselves renew our baptismal promises and are sprinkled with Holy Water. We partake of communion and are sent forth to proclaim that Christ is alive! (This Mass does fulfill your Sunday obligation)
Easter Sunday Masses ~ Our “Alleluias” ring out as we celebrate our Risen Lord! This is truly the day the Lord has made – let us be glad and rejoice in it!