Holy Week and the Easter Triduum

One of the challenges for the Ordinariate Missions and their members is the celebration of the Easter Triduum. All Catholics should try to take as full a part in the celebration of the Triduum as they are able, but most Missions this year will not have the use of a church building which is not also in use by a Catholic parish. Many Ordinariate congregations will simply and properly celebrate the Triduum with and alongside the host parish congregation. As in previous years, in Oxford we shall draw the attention of our Ordinariate congregation to the Triduum celebrated in Hinksey Parish and at the Oratory. Our seminarians will be with the Ordinary at Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick St., and our choir will be at St Birinus, Dorchester. How then do we mark our common life during this time? We plan at present to do that principally by celebrating Mass with the ceremonies of the day at 9am on Palm Sunday and Easter Day at Holy Rood. Not having our own celebrations between Palm Sunday and Easter Day should serve as a reminder that the Catholic Church celebrates as one in this holy season and that, with less active priests than there are congregations, there are many places in the world where these celebrations have to be shared. Meanwhile the clergy of the Oxford Ordinariate Mission will be sustaining celebrations elsewhere in the Archdiocese of Birmingham and Diocese of Portsmouth, whose boundaries we cross.

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