April 2017 – Holy Week & Easter, cont’d

April 2017 – Holy Week & Easter, cont’d

As promised, here are more photos from Holy Week at Santa Rita Abbey. This post features Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, and Easter Day.

Good Friday: the church sanctuary is empty

Good Friday: on this solemn day of prayer and remembrance, decorating Easter eggs lifts our hearts to the coming hope of Easter. Sr. Cathy & M. Vicki are our artistic decorators.

Good Friday Solemn Afternoon Liturgy: Fr. Casimir offers the opening prayer

Good Friday: Sr. Cathy proclaims the reading from the prophet Isaiah

Good Friday: reading of the Passion according to John by Fr. Casimir, Srs. Nettie, Kate, Marg, and Mother Vicki

Good Friday: after the afternoon liturgy, candles are left burning in front of the cross

Easter Vigil: Fr. Casimir at the altar with the newly lit Paschal candle.

Easter Vigil: candles burn in the choir during the Liturgy of the Word. Sr. Jacqui reads at the lectern while all listen.

Easter Vigil: before Communion, Fr. Casimir with Sr. Rita as acolyte

Easter eggs for breakfast!

Easter morning: the rising sun pours into the sanctuary

Easter Day Mass: Sr. Nettie reads at the lectern

Easter Day Mass: Fr. Casimir gives the homily

Easter Day supper: a festive meal with Fr. Casimir and our friend Michael Downey