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Holy Week at the Ysleta Mission A Photo and Video Journey

Palm Sunday

Fr. Miguel Briseño celebrated Palm Sunday, otherwise known as Passion Sunday and the start of Holy Week. Hundreds of parishioners gathered for procession, singing and carrying the blessed palms.

Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus' entry into Jerusalem and is the start of the church's most solemn week, which includes the Good Friday re-enactment of Jesus' crucifixion and death and his resurrection on Easter.

Tenebrae Service on Wednesday evening

Parishioners gathered at the Mission on Wednesday evening for the Tenebrae service, the start of the Sacred Triduum.

The candles are lit on a ‘hearse’ which is a triangular candelabra and one by one, the candles are extinguished in the Church after each of the Readings. The church is now left in total darkness, symbolizing the abandonment, the death and the burial of Christ. Parishioners were asked to leave the Mission in silence.

Holy Thursday

Washing of the Feet

On Holy Thursday, Fr. Miguel Briseño celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. During the Mass Fr. Miguel washed and kissed the feet of 12 parishioners.

The Washing of the Feet is an ancient tradition in the Catholic Church that imitates Christ washing the feet of the 12 Apostles at the Last Supper.

Presentation of the Holy Oils

On Holy Thursday, Fr. Miguel Briseño celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. During the Mass Fr. Miguel presented the Holy Oils that were blessed by Bishop Mark Seitz at the Chrism Mass.

There are three types of oils in the Catholic Church: The oil of catechumens, the oil of the sick and sacred chrism. Parishioners carried the Holy Oils to the front of the church.

Mass of the Lord's Supper

On Holy Thursday, Fr. Miguel Briseño celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Members of the Tigua Tribe blessed the altar at the start of the Mass and also bless the altar of the Holy Oils.

Holy Thursday Mass takes us back to the Last Supper where Jesus shared the Passover Meal with his disciples early in the evening. It is at this supper that Jesus instituted the Eucharist and also gave us the gift of the priesthood.

Procession of Holy Eucharist to the Mission

On Holy Thursday, Fr. Miguel Briseño celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. A procession with the Holy Eucharist was held after the Mass.

Sufficient hosts are consecrated for the faithful to receive Communion both at that Mass and on the next day, Good Friday. Fr. Miguel incenses the Blessed Sacrament three times and, taking a humeral veil with which to hold it, carries it in solemn procession to the Mission. On arrival at the altar of repose, Fr. Miguel places the vessel with the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle there, leaving the door open. He then incenses it and closes the tabernacle door. Carmelitas provided bread for the community and for visitors of the 7 churches during Holy Thursday.

Good Friday

Living Stations of the Cross

Friday afternoon we gather as a community of believers to pray and witness a drama of the Stations of the Cross. This drama was written by Father Loren Koziol, while he was stationed in Milwaukee. It was first performed at San Jose Parish in Carlsbad, NM during his pastorship. A few years ago Father Loren also walked a painful journey of the cross as he suffered and eventually died of cancer. Performed by the Religious Education (Confirmation) students and young adults.

Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

Fr. Miguel Briseño celebrated the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday.

The Good Friday liturgy has three parts: Liturgy of the Word, the Veneration of the Cross, and the Service of Communion. On Good Friday we do not celebrate Mass. The Eucharist that is received on Good Friday was consecrated a day earlier at the Holy Thursday liturgy.

Parishioners went up to the front of the church and bow before or even kiss a cross. This act is called Veneration of the Cross and in which Catholics honor the great sacrifice Jesus made on the cross. At the end of the Good Friday service the ministers and assembly depart in silence.

Procession and the “Pésame”

Members of the Tigua tribe and parishioners participated in a procession down the streets around the Mission. The Santo Entiero was then laid to rest back at the Mission. At the Mission the “Pésame” or condolence was given to the Virgin Mary.

Holy Saturday - Easter Vigil

Easter Vigil - Blessing of the Fire

Parishioners gathered in front of the Mission to light the new fire. Before the fire, the catechumens were allowed to dispose the Holy Oils and remains of the Paschal candle from 2018. #WeAreYsletaMission

Lord God, Father almighty, You are the unfaltering light. You are the creator of every light. Bless this new fire, and grant that after the darkness of this world we may, with pure minds, come to You, the Light that does not fail, through Christ our Lord. AMEN

Easter Vigil - You are the Light of the World

Parishioners gathered in front of the Mission to light the new fire. Before the fire, the catechumens were allowed to dispose the Holy Oils and remains of the Paschal candle from 2018. A procession followed to the main Church were candles were lit from the Paschal candle as parishioners were walking in. The church was in complete darkness.

The Paschal candle symbolizes Christ, the Light of the World. “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” John 8:12

Easter Vigil – Liturgy of this Holy Night

Of this night’s Vigil, which is the greatest and most noble of all solemnities, there is to be only one celebration in each church. It is arranged, moreover, in such a way that after the Blessing of the Fire, service of light and Easter Proclamation, Holy Church meditates on the wonders the Lord God has done for his people from the beginning, trusting in his word and promise until, as day approaches, with new members reborn in Baptism, the Church is called to the table the Lord has prepared for his people, the memorial of his Death and Resurrection until he comes again.

Easter Vigil – The Catechumans

We welcome 8 Catechumens as we celebrated the Easter Vigil. They received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist!

…you have become a new creation and have clothed yourselves in Christ. Receive this baptismal garment and bring it unstained to the judgment seat of our Lord Jesus Christ, so that you may have everlasting life.

#WeAreYsletaMission

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© 2019 Alfonso Baeza

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