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Holy Week 2021

Holy Week 2021

Christmas and Easter are the two most important Christian Holy Days. On Christmas we celebrate the beginning of God’s salvific adventure with humankind namely that in Jesus God became human, one of us. On Easter we celebrate how Jesus made it possible for us humans to become more like God. In essence the mystery of salvation if this: God became human so that humans might become more like God.

We have been preparing ourselves during Lent to celebrate this great mystery through more intense prayer, greater charity and different ways of fasting from everything that distracts us from God and God’s plan for us.

Now we have reached Holy Week when we remember and give thanks for the greatest gift of all: Jesus self-sacrifice so that we might have eternal life. Let us enter this most Holy Week with great love and devotion.

We invite you to join us as much as possible either in person or via livestream for our many liturgies. We wish you all a very blessed Holy Week

In preparation of Holy Week:

  • Register for in-person participation in our liturgies: please visit www.mary.org to register for any of our liturgies and to find out which liturgies will be livestreamed.
  • Create a dedicated prayer area at home:  this can be as simple as a rug or a small table with a family bible. Add your favorite religious images and the cross you will venerate as a family on Good Friday. This prayer area can be the place where you pray during Holy week. It can even be the place where you participate in our livestreamed liturgies.
  • Prepare for the upcoming liturgies: If you are joining us from home, make sure you have everything you need to participate as fully as possible in the liturgies.
  • Pray for our Elect: during the Easter Vigil we will initiate several adults into the church. Please accompany them with your prayers during these last days of preparation.
  • Easter Baskets: Gather the necessary items to create Easter Baskets for members of your household and neighbors, especially those neighbors who are homebound.
  • Easter Food: Many of us grew up with special Easter Foods. Now is a good time to look for the recipes and to check your cupboards. Sharing recipes and cooking together, either in person or virtually is a great way to connect with one another.
  • Easter Gift: If you are able please help sustain our operations and empower our mission.  You can make your Easter gift to The Basilica at mary.org/eastergift.  If you are in financial need please do not hesitate to contact our St. Vincent de Paul ministry (612.333.1381).

 

Holy Week Liturgies

Palm Sunday:

  • We will celebrate 9:30am, 11:30am and 4:30pm Eucharist with Blessing of the Palms in The Basilica.
  • 9:30am Eucharist will be livestreamed on www.mary.org and www.facebook.com/BasilicaMpls.
  • Please remember to wear red, the color of the day whether you join us in person or via livestream.
  • Palms and Holy Communion will be distributed outside the Basilica following the 9:30am and 11:30am liturgies.

 

Monday of Holy Week:

Prayer at Home:

Prayer with our Basilica Community:

 

Tuesday of Holy Week

Prayer at Home:

Prayer with our Basilica Community:

Wednesday of Holy Week

Prayer at Home:

Join our Basilica Community:

 

Holy Thursday

What you will need in your prayer area for today:

  • Bowl, pitcher with water and a towel

Prayer at Home:

Join our Basilica Community:

  • 9:15am: Join us for Morning Prayer either in person or via livestream on www.mary.org or www.facebook.com/BasilicaMpls
  • Noon: Join us for daily Eucharist either in person or via livestream on www.mary.org or www.facebook.com/BasilicaMpls
  • 7:00pm: Join us for The Celebration of the Lord’s Supper either in person or on www.mary.org or www.facebook.com/BasilicaMpls. The livestream will begin at 6:45pm.
    • If you join us in person:
      • Please use the QR code in the narthex to find the booklet for the liturgy.
      • If you are joining us in person we invite you to wash the feet of the members of your household when you get home as you will not be able to do that in the Basilica.
      • Holy Communion will be distributed after the service ends and we ask you to leave church immediately after receiving Holy Communion.
      • Since we will not be able to observe the customary prayer time in Church after the liturgy we invite you to spend some time in quiet prayer at home.
    • If you join us from home:
      • Please turn off your phone and set this time aside for prayer.
      • You will find the music and prayers for this liturgy on your screen.
      • Please stand, sit, kneel when we do and join us in prayer and song. 
      • We invite you to wash one another’s feet at the time of the Washing of the Feet.
      • We will end the service with some music and time for silent prayer.

 

Good Friday

Today is a day of fasting and abstinence

What you will need in your prayer area for today:

  • Cross
  • Several candles

Prayer at Home:

Prayer with our Basilica Community:

  • 3:00pm: Join us for The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion either in person or via livestream on www.mary.org or www.facebook.com/BasilicaMpls. We will start livestreaming at 2:45am. Feel free to invite family and friends to virtually join you.
    • If you join us in person
      • Please use the QR code in the narthex to find the booklet for the liturgy.
      • We will not have a physical veneration of the cross this year, rather we will venerate the cross spiritually.
      • When you get home you may want to venerate the cross you have in your home.
      • Holy Communion will be distributed after the service ends and we ask you to leave church immediately after receiving Holy Communion.
    • If you join us via livestream:
      • Please turn off your phone and set this time aside for prayer.
      • You will find the music and prayers for this liturgy on your screen.
      • Please stand, sit, kneel when we do and join us in prayer and song. 
      • At the time of the Veneration of the Cross we invite you to venerate the cross you have in your prayer area.
      • We will end the service with some music while focusing on our Basilica Cross to allow for some quiet prayer.
  • 7:00pm: Please join us for Tenebrae either in person or via livestream on www.mary.org or www.facebook.com/BasilicaMpls. We will start livestreaming at 6:45am. Feel free to invite family and friends to virtually join you.
    • If you join us in person
      • Please use the QR code in the narthex to find the booklet for the liturgy.
      • We will not have a physical veneration of the cross this year, rather we will venerate the cross spiritually.
      • After the service ends we ask that you leave the church without lingering.
      • When you get home you may want to venerate the cross you have in your home.
      • You may also want to spend some time in quiet prayer.
    • If you join us via livestream:
      • Please turn off your phone and set this time aside for prayer.
      • You may want to dim the lights throughout your home.
      • Make sure you have your candles lit so you may extinguish them when they are extinguished during the service in The Basilica
      • You will find the music and prayers for this liturgy on your screen.
      • Please stand, sit, kneel when we do and join us in prayer and song. 
      • At the time of the Veneration of the Cross  you may want to venerate the cross you have in your prayer area.
      • We invite you to some silent prayer at the end of the service

 

Holy Saturday

What you will need in your prayer area for today:

  • Candles
  • Water and a brush for sprinkling one another

Prayer at home:

Prayer with our Basilica Community:

  • 7:00pm: Please join us for The Great Easter Vigil either in person of via livestream on www.mary.org or www.facebook.com/BasilicaMpls. We will start livestreaming at 6:45am. Feel free to invite family and friends to virtually join you.
    • If you join us in person
      • Please use the QR code in the narthex to find the booklet for the liturgy.
      • This year only Fr. Bauer will go outside for the blessing of the fire and the lighting of the Paschal Candle. Everyone else will still in their pews.
      • We will come around to light individual candles at the beginning of the service. Please take these candles home after the service.
      • One of the highpoints of this liturgy will be the initiation of several adult candidates into our Church.
      • Holy Communion will be distributed at the end of the service.
      • Once you have received Holy Communion please leave The Basilica.
    • If you join us via livestream
      • Please turn off your phone and set this time aside for prayer.
      • You may want to dim the lights throughout your home till at the time of the Gloria.
      • You will find the music and prayers for this liturgy on your screen.
      •  Please stand, sit, kneel when we do and join us in prayer and song. 
      • Make sure you have your candles ready to be lit at the beginning of the service. Keep them lit through the singing of the exulted.
      • During the sprinkling rite feel free to bless yourself and/or sprinkle others. You may also want to bless you home.

Other activities:

  • Prepare Easter Baskets
  • Enjoy a festive snack after the Easter Vigil

 

Easter Sunday

Pray at Home:

Pray with our Basilica Community

  • We will celebrate 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am and 4:30pm Eucharist.
  •  We will livestream 9:30am, 11:30am and 4:30pm Eucharist. You can join us on www.mary.org or www.facebook.com/BasilicaMpls
  • Holy Communion will be distributed outside after 9:30am and 11:30am Eucharist for those who joined us via livestream
  • Archbishop Hebda will celebrate 9:30am Eucharist and bless the new Basilica Umbrellino
    • If you join us in person
      • We invite you to wear festive Easter attire,
      • Holy Communion will be distributed at the end of the service.
      • Once you have received Holy Communion please leave The Basilica and enjoy the ringing of all Basilica bells outside.
    • If you join us  via livestream
      • Please turn off your phone and set this time aside for prayer.
      • We invite you to wear festive Easter attire, even at home
      • You will find the music and prayers for this liturgy on your screen.
      • Please stand, sit, kneel when we do and join us in prayer and song.  
      • During the sprinkling rite feel free to bless yourself and/or sprinkle others. You may also want to bless you home.
      • Following the 9:30am and 11:30am you are welcome to come to The Basilica to receive Holy Communion outside.

Other activities:

  • Enjoy a festive meal
  • Contact families and friends to wish them a blessed Easter
  • Go for an Easter walk

 

He is Risen. He is Risen, indeed. Alleluia!

Blessed Easter

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