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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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