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Christmas and Easter are the two most important Christian Holy Days. On Christmas we celebrate the beginning of God’s salvific adventure with humankind—that in Jesus, God became human. During Holy Week and especially on Easter we celebrate how Jesus made it possible for us humans to become more like God. 

In essence the mystery of salvation is this: God became human so that humans might become more like God. The way we do that is by imitating and emulating Christ. In other words, we become more like God by becoming more like Christ. Holy Week is a weeklong invitation to do just that.

Holy week begins with Palm Sunday of Our Lord’s Passion. The image most associated with this day is Jesus entering Jerusalem, seated on a donkey with people waving palms, placing their cloaks on the road and singing hosanna. This striking scene illustrates the stark contrast between who Jesus truly is and who the people thought he was or wanted him to be. Their actions suggest they desired a worldly king while Jesus of course is anything but that. And when they figured out he was not who they thought he was they turned on him. 

The great irony is that after 2000 years of Christianity it seems like many of us still don’t understand who Jesus really is. Or maybe we just don’t want to understand because like the people in Jerusalem so many years ago we don’t quite like who he really is. And rather than our becoming more like Christ we prefer Christ become more like us. The result is the world we live in today with persisting injustice, inequality, racism, bigotry, etc. After 2000 years of Christianity we might have hoped for better. Do we find ourselves in this place because we have refused to become like Christ? 

So who was Jesus and who does he want us to be? Just consider the most important moments of Holy Week and remember his commandment to “do this in memory of me.” During Holy Week we see Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey; Jesus washing the feet of his disciples; Jesus instituting the Eucharist; Jesus forgiving the repentant thief; Jesus dying on the cross; Jesus descending into hell to break its bonds; Jesus rising from the dead. All these actions bespeak virtues that Jesus embodies and that must become our virtues if we truly are to be Christians.

Sitting on a humble donkey, riding into Jerusalem, Jesus teaches us that to become more like God we must embrace the virtue of humility. It is the path of humility that leads to salvation. Humility and not arrogance is a characteristic of the followers of Jesus. 

On Holy Thursday we remember how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, a servant’s task. And he instituted the Eucharist sharing his body with us, giving himself totally to us. Both of these are great acts of charity. The virtue of charity is the second virtue we are called to embrace. It is the path of charity that leads to Salvation. Charity and not selfishness is a characteristic of the followers of Jesus. 

In forgiving the Good Thief on Good Friday Jesus illustrates that God is merciful and we are to be merciful like God. It is the path of mercy that leads to Salvation. Mercy and not indifference or worse condemnation is a characteristic of the followers of Jesus. 

Bearing his cross and enduring the pain of the crucifixion Jesus witnesses to the fact that self-sacrifice is of God. It is the path of self-sacrifice that leads to Salvation. Self-sacrifice and not egotism is a characteristic of the followers of Jesus.

Descending into Hell while lying in the tomb Jesus broke the bonds of sin and liberated all those bound by sin, thus bridging heaven and earth. Liberating people from heavy burdens is of God. It is the path of breaking bonds and building bridges that leads to Salvation. Setting people free and not keeping people imprisoned by poverty, inequality, injustice is a characteristic of the followers of Jesus.

The resurrection of Jesus is an affirmation by God that all these virtues are the ones that are indeed the path to salvation, the same path God has set for us. Humility, charity, mercy, sacrificial love and liberating actions are embodied by Christ and in turn are to be embraced by us. Once that happens the salvific adventure God has prepared for us will finally be accomplished. May that day come soon. And may this Holy Week be a refresher in what it truly means to be a Christian.

 

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:

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Prayer with our Basilica Community:

 

Tuesday of Holy Week

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Wednesday of Holy Week

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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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