April 2017 Palm Sunday and Holy Thursday at Santa Rita Abbey

April 2017 Palm Sunday and Holy Thursday at Santa Rita Abbey

Happy Easter! May our risen Lord Jesus fill all hearts with his peace and joy!

We had a lovely Holy Week and Easter at Santa Rita Abbey, and we hope that you did, too. This annual celebration of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus strengthens our belief¬†that God’s mercy and love are far stronger than any human violence and hate. This is true not just this week, nor at some far distant date at the end of time, but today and every day. Let us be Easter people and live mercy, kindness, gentleness and peace right where we are, through¬†the power of the Spirit of the risen Lord Jesus alive in our hearts!

Here are some photos from our April 2017 Holy Week & Easter celebrations which we thought you would enjoy. This post contains Palm Sunday and Holy Thursday photos. Look for Good Friday and Easter photos in a subsequent post, coming soon!

Palm Sunday arrangement of palms and iris at the altar

Sisters carrying palms at the beginning of the Mass

Palm Sunday Fr. Casimir at the altar

It is our tradition at Santa Rita Abbey to share a special supper together on Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday supper: scrambled eggs & fresh hot cross buns

On Holy Thursday the tabernacle must be emptied before Mass

Sr. Margarita reading at the Evening Mass

Fr. Casimir giving the homily

The Mandatum: Mother Vicki washing the feet of all the Sisters, assisted by Srs. Rita and Kate

At the end of Holy Thursday Mass, Fr. Casimir preparing the incense, assisted by Sr. Esther

Singing “Tamtum ergo” as the Blessed Sacrament is placed at the altar of repose

Sisters took turns keeping watch with Jesus until midnight