To all our parishioners:
We are certainly navigating new waters here. Our usual gatherings to celebrate the Triduum, the heart of our liturgical year, will not take place. It’s nearly impossible for some of us to wrap our minds around this reality. It recalls the words of We Remember:
We remember how you loved us to your death. And still we celebrate for you are with us here.
We do indeed need to celebrate these great feasts. Even though we cannot be together in Church, our Parish Staff (including Fr. Bob Hutmacher) have worked together to bring Ascension and the prayer of our Church into your homes. Included here are suggested prayer opportunities in which all our households of faith may participate. We are providing child-friendly learning and praying opportunities as well as those suited to all ages in the materials we have prepared for this week. The strength of our prayer will be knowing that other Ascension households are participating in some of these same prayers at the same time and that will give us a sense of solidarity. If you can only choose one activity, it is enough. This is just an aid.
On these webpages you will find YouTube links to Scripture Readings relevant to the days of the Triduum, as well as reflections by Fr. Hurlbert and Fr. Bob, music provided by David Anderson as well as additional suggestions to aid your prayer during this Holy Week, and formats for prayer services and ways to engage with the Word throughout your day.
Know that we pray for all of you each day and hold you in our hearts.
-Your Ascension Parish Staff
Fr. Hurlbert, Pastor - Mary Catherine Meek, Pastoral Associate - David Anderson, Director of Music - Jim Wojcik, Liturgy Coordinator & Office Administrator - Diane Lawrence, Coordinator of Religious Education - and Juliette Dols, Director of Communications & Outreach
Lent ends as the Triduum begins.
We celebrate our shared priesthood while recognizing the special role of ordained ministers, we celebrate the great gift of the Eucharist, and accept the role of the Christian to be a servant to all. In addition to our Ascension focused activities, the Holy Week at Home provided by Liturgical Press offers excellent suggestions for creating prayer space and questions for reflection as we move through these Sacred Days.
As we set out on this focused time of prayer, the heart of our liturgical year, let us bring to mind this excerpt from Pope Francis in his Urbi et Orbi Homily shared last week:
The Lord awakens so as to reawaken and revive our Easter faith.
We have an anchor: by his cross we have been saved.
We have a rudder: by his cross we have been redeemed.
We have a hope: by his cross we have been healed and embraced
so that nothing and no one can separate us from his redeeming love.