Bulletin Shorts for Holy Week and Easter

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion – 10 April 2022

Procession:  Luke 19:28-40.

Mass:  Isaiah 50:4-7.  Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24.  Philippians 2:6-11.  Luke 22:14–23:56.

Reflecting on the Procession.  We read and hear the Passion Gospel today.  But first, at the procession, when we bless palms, we hear what precedes it.  There is a colt, there are cloaks spread on the road, there are shouts:  “Blessed is the king”…”Peace in heaven.”

  • What cloak will I spread before Jesus to make it easy for him to come to me?
  • So that stones do not cry out, what will I proclaim about Jesus Christ?
  • How will I clear my calendar so I can come to my parish church for all the celebrations of the Easter Triduum?

Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Holy Thursday, 14 April at 0:00 pm.

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, Good Friday, 15 April at 0:00 pm.

Preparation Rites on Holy Saturday with the Elect, 16 April at 0:00 am.

Easter Vigil during the Night, 16 April at 0:00 pm.

Easter Sunday during the Day, 17 April at 0:00 and 0:00 am.


Thursday of the Lord’s Supper – 14 April 2022

At the Evening Mass

Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14.  Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18.  1 Corinthians 11:23-26.  John 13:1-15.

Proclaiming the Death of the Lord.  One of the best ways to proclaim the death of the Lord Jesus Christ is to participate in Eucharist and share in Communion.  When we do this, we have the strength to wash feet and do all manner of things that others need.

  • What will I do and who will I serve this Easter?


Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday) – 15 April 2022

Isaiah 52:13–53:12.  Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25.  Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9.  John 18:1–19:42.

Adoring the Holy Cross.  We carry the cross in procession.  We plant it in the midst of our assemblies.  We place it on our walls.  We sign ourselves with a cross, invoking the Trinity, to begin and end prayer.  In adoring the cross, we place ourselves in the presence of the dead and risen One whose Paschal Mystery saves everything and everyone.

  • How will my behaviors bring honor to the cross of Christ?


Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

At the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter – Saturday night, 16 April 2022

Genesis 1:1–2:2.  Genesis 22:1-18.  Exodus 14:15–15:1.  Isaiah 54:5-14.  Isaiah 55:1-11. Baruch 3:9-15, 32–4:4.  Ezekiel 36:16-17a, 18-28.  Romans 6:3-11.  Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23.  Luke 24:1-12.

Seeking the Living One.  In this holy night of Easter, we baptize, confirm, and bring to the table new Christians to join the growing band of believers.

  • How will I support these washed, oiled, and fed new members of Christ’s Church?
  • These are the neophytes of our parish:


Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

At the Mass during the Day – Sunday, 17 April 2022 

Acts 10:34a, 37-43.  Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23.  Colossians 3:1-4.  OR 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8Sequence – Christians, to the Paschal Victim.  John 20:1-9.  OR Luke 24:13-35.

Believing in Risen Life.  After his death and burial, the apostles saw the risen Jesus.  They talked with him.  They touched him.  They ate with him.  These things are not done with the dead.  They knew he was alive.  We believe this still today because we experience his presence in many ways.

  • How do I see the risen Lord’s activity still happening today?
  • How can I foster belief in the risen Lord by what I say and do?
  • How does this belief change my life, my attitudes, my priorities?

Use this prayer card to be ever mindful of the Works of Mercy.

Prayer Card - The Works of Mercy

This post was first published on the worship pages of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois website.
Sunday Prayer Shaping Life and Belief
Written by Eliot Kapitan.
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