HOLY WEEK AT ST. BERNARD
Holy Week brings us into the highest point in the Church’s liturgical year. Holy Week begins with the celebration of Palm Sunday, commemorating our Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The days of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday are known as the Sacred Triduum.
New to our holy week liturgical schedule this year is the Tenebrae Liturgy, celebrated on Good Friday evening. This is a beautiful commemoration of the Lord’s passion through the Service of Light. The liturgy begins with a candleabra and a fully lit church. As the liturgy continues, candles are extinguished and lights are turned out. At the very end of the liturgy, we knock on the pews to symbolize the closing of tomb as the church is dark and the one remaining candle is taken away. We will have an opportunity for veneration of the cross during the evening liturgy as well. This would be a perfect opportunity for those who have obligations in the afternoon and cannot join us for the liturgy.
People love to eat on Easter Sunday as they once again partake in what they have sacrificed during Lent! A beautiful gesture to make your
Easter meal a holy meal is to bring some items that you will be serving to be blessed. Join us for morning prayer on Holy Saturday morning, and after prayer, we will offer a blessing for the food that has been brought.
The season of Easter begins with the celebration of Mass on Easter Sunday. St. Bernard invites you to join us for our liturgies and Masses during Holy Week.
TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Confessions in the Reconciliation Room.
Devotional Prayers & Benediction
Stations of the Cross
Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Adoration and Vigil
Good Friday Liturgy
Blessing of Easter Food
NO Saturday vigil Mass tonight!
The Solemn Easter Vigil
Mass with Children’s Homily
The parish of St. Bernard wishes to you and your loved ones
a joyful, grace-filled Easter Season! Christ is Risen, Alleluia!
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Since it was founded in 1907, Saint Bernard Parish has been a religious and social focus of neighborhood life on the east side. This imposing church building was erected during a decade of heavy construction activity among Madison’s religious institutions, much of which was directed toward serving the rapidly growing suburbs. The native sandstone structure was the largest Catholic Church in the city when it was built. The architect, J
ohn Flad, designed many Catholic Churches throughout the Midwest. In 1981, the church building was designated a Madison landmark.
The mission of the Church is to lead her people to Christ, allowing them to encounter Him in life-changing ways each and every day. We are blessed to be that channel, helping our people find Christ through prayer, social outreach and through participation in the Sacramental life of the Church.
There is always room for more! Please – come and join us as we continue in our faith journey!
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Michael Radowicz