Episode #9 (Apr. 17, 2011): Holy Week

We’re sick and/or tired today, so our original plan flew out the window with our over-baked non-stick pan, and therefore we’re just going to chat about Holy Week experiences.

Passion (Palm) Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, The Vigil, The Easter.

  • National Liturgy Office Newsletter – Start Times for the Vigil
  • Song of the Day: “Our Song” by The Millettes.
  • Question of the Week: What are your experiences of Holy Week, and the Triduum especially? (The good, the bad, and the ugly.)

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    2 Responses to Episode #9 (Apr. 17, 2011): Holy Week

    1. Travis says:

      Hey again guys! I really love listening to you! I just walk around the house doing random errands and listen to this podcast. It sounds so natural that I swear I keep trying to chime in on the conversation. Maybe I need to get out more….

      First I wanted to comment on the Passion readings. My experience is similar to Jane’s that, growing up, and in the seminary, it was always read from the Novalis missal’s and the congregation was the unforgiving mob. Last year, the CCCB published the new Sunday lectionary with some adapted readings. With it they published little hardcover books that contain only the 4 Gospel passion readings. They are broken up into three parts: Jesus, narrator and “S”. We bought them at my parish and I immediately asked myself “Hey, what did they do with all the other “S’s”? I did some research and it turns out that yes, Fr. Darryl is right, it is not meant to be a substitute for a Passion play, but rather a proclamation. Passion plays can and should be held, separate from the Mass, where many people can play many parts. But the Gospel during Mass should be proclaimed, not acted. So we have done that twice now in my parish, and that has been the first times for me! I don’t have enough experience to know whether in the future I want to switch back to the many parts or not, but technically, we’re not supposed to.

      My experience of my Passion Sunday was the stark contrast in the celebration. The joy in which people came to church, grabbed palms, and joyfully welcomed Christ into our midst. This was followed by the stark betrayal, denial and crucifixion of Christ. It really reminded me this year how fickle my heart is. “Lord I will follow you, but let me first go and …”

      God bless you guys and keep up the great work and reflection! See ya in one week Fr. Darryl!

    2. darryl says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Travis! It is an interesting question… here’s what I’ve found out so far.

      From the Circular Letter Concerning the Preparation and Celebration of the Easter Feasts (1988, Congregation for Divine Worship, viewable at http://www.ewtn.com/library/curia/cdweastf.htm)

      “33. The Passion narrative occupies a special place. It should be sung or read in the traditional way, that is, by three persons who take the part of Christ, the narrator and the people. The Passion is proclaimed by deacons or priests, or by lay readers; in the latter. case, the part of Christ should be reserved to the priest.

      “The proclamation of the Passion should be without candles and incense, the greeting and the sign of the cross on the book are omitted; only the deacons ask for the blessing of the priest, as on other occasions before the Gospel.

      “For the spiritual good of the faithful the Passion should be proclaimed in its entirety, and the readings which precede it should not be omitted.”

      Now, I’ve found something else interesting. According to Rev. Edward McNamara over at zenit.org,

      “Another American reader asked: ‘What is the official stance of the Church regarding members of the assembly, the people in the pews, reading the chorus parts of the Gospel during the proclamation of the Passion on Palm Sunday and Good Friday?’

      “As far as I know, there is no official position on this. I once held the opinion that this was possible, deducing that since a choir can take the part of the multitude, the people could substitute a choir. Both reflection and pastoral experience led me to change my opinion. The proclamation of God’s word is best assimilated in silence. I found that when the people were asked to take an active part in this reading, many were so attentive to intervening at the right moment that they lost track of the whole reading. Therefore, based on the legal principle mentioned above and on personal experience, I would not recommend this practice.”

      That’s over at: http://www.zenit.org/article-25735?l=english

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