Holy Week at Seton
This week marks one of the most sacred and holy weeks of our entire year. Holy week offers us an incredible opportunity to celebrate, walk, and suffer with Christ so that we might rise with Him to be transformed through His glorious Resurrection. Consider clearing your schedule of unnecessary activities as best you can and completely focus your mind and heart intensely on Jesus.
Holy Week for Kids - Video Series
Gather the kiddos (and adults!) in your life and join the Child Ministry Team for our Holy Week for Kids video series. We will unpack the significant days of Holy Week and challenge you to take simple actions each day to deepen your journey with Jesus to the cross. We'll see you on Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.
HAPPY EASTER from the Children’s Ministry team! In this video, Skylar, Willow, and Silas teach you how to make Resurrection Rolls, which are delicious Easter treats that tell the story of Jesus’ burial and resurrection.
Palm Sunday - April 9/10, 2022 - No other liturgy in our tradition takes us from unbelievable euphoria to deepest, darkest sorrow. Masses this weekend begin with Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem. In the first reading, the gospel, crowds celebrate Jesus as ruler and king! The palm branches are a reminder of that elation. We are suddenly plunged into sorrow with the remainder of the readings centered on Jesus as the suffering servant, the Lamb of God. We then walk with Jesus through his devastating earthly demise as the Passion is read, entering into our Holy Week, walking with Jesus.
Tuesday of Holy Week – Chrism Mass
In our Archdiocese of Milwaukee, The Chrism Mass is celebrated at St. John’s Cathedral on Tuesday evening of Holy Week. Priests can attend from the entire diocese to renew the promises of their vocation. All of the sacred oils used at our parishes are consecrated this night by the Archbishop and presented at the beginning of Holy Thursday Mass. Click here to learn more about the Sacred Chrism Mass
Wednesday of Holy Week
On Wednesday of Holy Week, the lectionary readings remember the story of Judas arranging his betrayal of Jesus with the chief priests is remembered; he was a spy among the disciples of Jesus (Matthew 26:14–25)
The Sacred Paschal Triduum (pronounced trid- yoo-uhm)
Morning Prayer of Triduum (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – 8:30 a.m. in the Seton Sanctuary) Morning Mass is not celebrated these days. Eucharist is reserved for the evening Mass celebrations. Instead, all are invited to attend the Liturgy of the Hours – a simple structure of psalms, scripture and prayers that lasts about 20 minutes.
Each of the celebrations of the Triduum are very VERY different – and awesome! It is technically ONE liturgy that lasts for THREE DAYS!
Holy Thursday - April 14, 2022 – sundown marks the end of Lent - Holy Thursday carefully celebrates the Last Supper (The Institution of the Eucharist), the Priesthood, and the Cross. The Sacred Oils, which will be used for all of the sacraments for the coming year, are presented at the beginning of Mass. We also recall John 13 and are reminded of Jesus’ servant leadership through the washing of the feet. Our Mass ends with the Eucharist (Christ) being taken to a special place of reposition – to remind us of Jesus’ agony in the Garden – Luke 22. The whole congregation is invited to “Keep Watch” in adoration. Most decorations are taken down and we leave the joy of the Last Supper and enter into the darkness that will become Good Friday. AND THAT IS ONLY THURSDAY NIGHT!
Good Friday - April 15, 2022 – The continuation of Holy Thursday. To commemorate the Passion and death of Christ Jesus, we strip the church bare. The Gospel of John’s Passion is proclaimed and we pause and pray special petitions to help us unite the suffering of the world with the sufferings of Christ. Our Eucharist is brought into the Sanctuary and in solemn reverence, we receive Christ. The service concludes with the veneration of the Cross – the very symbol of horrendous torture – for without the cross, there would be no Easter.
Holy Saturday – Blessing of Food Baskets
The blessing of the Easter Basket containing the food for the first meal of Easter has been a beloved Catholic ritual for centuries among many families. This long-honored tradition is deeply symbolic.
To find out more, download the Blessing of Easter Baskets flier.
Easter Vigil - April 16, 2022 – the amazing Easter Vigil begins totally in the dark, well after sundown. Piercing through the darkness, our Easter Fire is set ablaze and the Paschal candle is set aglow from the newly blessed fire. This candle represents the light of Christ brought back into our lives. The ancient prayer of the Exsultet is chanted creating the conduit between heaven and earth. Then, in darkness, we hear the story of our salvation – from Genesis to the floods, to the Israelites being freed of slavery, and the proclamation of Prophets. It is incredible. In glorious fashion, just as if it were daybreak, the entire Sanctuary is suddenly basked in light as we hear the wonderful words of the Gloria! The Alleluia is sung and we welcome in new members of the Catholic Faith! Then, we renew our own Baptismal Vows and renew our commitment to being a disciple of Christ. The entire church now celebrates the Liturgy of the Eucharist and Christ is NOW RISEN!!!!
Easter Sunday - April 17, 2022 – On Easter Sunday morning, we continue to celebrate Christ’s triumph over death – As a matter of fact, it is so amazing to us, we celebrate the Easter season for 50 days! Each weekend Mass during the Easter Season, we will renew our Baptismal Vows at the beginning of Mass to remind us of our life – long journey with Christ through the sacrament of baptism. This Season ends with Pentecost – (See Acts: 2)
Visit the Prayer Resources page for daily scripture to meditate on for Holy Week.
For more details about the Paschal Triduum, check out these informative videos.
Brief explanations of the Liturgical Season:
- US Conference of Catholic Bishops - Easter Triduum
- YouTube video on Triduum
- For Families: Easter Traditions - Catholic Central
Songs to help you pray each day (some choice picks from a few of our staff members):
- Song for Holy Thursday
- Precious Lord, Take My Hand
- Wondrous Love
- Ubi Caritas
- When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Do you have a favorite song, hymn or prayer that helps you enter into Holy Week? Please share your thoughts by contacting Sue Switalski, Pastoral Minister . Consider joining us in prayer if you possibly can this week. Most liturgies will be available online and in person.