Welcome to Holy Week! I think it’s safe to say that this is the strangest Triduum we’ve ever encountered. We will be recording the rites of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil but in an abridged format. On Thursday we will not record the washing of the feet but you may do it for each other at home. On Friday you may wish to venerate your crucifix. At the Easter Vigil we will forego the Liturgy of Baptism until a future day (perhaps the Vigil of Pentecost). Regardless, I pray that each of us enter this time with an openness to relive the passion and death of our Savior so that we may rise to new life with him.
As I mentioned at the end of last week’s mass, Archbishop Etienne has asked me and the other priests transitioning to other parishes or retirement this year to stay another year at their respective parishes in light of the coronavirus. I concur with his decision and am happy to be able to be with you another year. May the Lord bless us all.