"Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness" - Psalm 96:9
The Office of Worship assists the bishop in his capacity as chief liturgist of the diocese. The Office of Worship prepares and coordinates special liturgies for major diocesan events. We also provide liturgical training, instruction and resources in order to promote the worthy celebration of the Mass and the active participation of the faithful. As Pope Benedict XVI said, "The primary way to foster the participation of the People of God in the sacred rite is the proper celebration of the rite itself." (Sacrament of Charity, 38)
Can't go to Mass?
Because of the corona virus Bishop Soto has suspended public Masses for the time being. Since we can't go to Mass, we're encouraged to pray the rosary for the intention of all those afflicted with the corona virus, flu or other illness. Another fruitful practice if you're not able to attend Mass is to read and pray the daily Mass readings, which you can find here.
Guidelines for Holy Week:
Parish priests are to celebrate the Triduum on the appointed days at the usual times for their parish; i.e. Mass of the Lord’s Supper is to be celebrated in the evening of Holy Thursday; the Good Friday liturgy may celebrated at any time, preferably at midday; and the Easter Vigil is to be celebrated “after nightfall” (about 8:15 p.m.). Here is a brief outline of how the liturgies of Holy Week have been modified.
- Palm Sunday: The Commemoration of the Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem is to be celebrated within sacred buildings; in Cathedral churches the second form given in the Roman Missal is to be adopted; in parish churches and in other places the third form is to be used.
- Chrism Mass: Celebrated by the Bishop with a few priests on Thur. April 2, 12 noon.
- Holy Thursday: The washing of feet, which is already optional, is to be omitted. At the end of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper the procession is also omitted and the Blessed Sacrament is to be kept in the tabernacle. On this day the faculty to celebrate Mass in a suitable place, without the presence of the people, is exceptionally granted to all priests.
- Good Friday: In the Universal Prayer, Bishops will arrange to have a special intention prepared for those who find themselves in distress, the sick, the dead, (cf. Missale Romanum). The adoration of the Cross by kissing it shall be limited solely to the celebrant.
- Easter Vigil: Is to be celebrated only in Cathedral and parish churches. For the “Baptismal Liturgy” only the “Renewal of Baptismal Promises” is maintained (cf. Missale Romanum). No lighting of the new fire, procession; liturgy begins with the blessing/lighting of the Paschal candle, followed by the Exultet and liturgy of the word.
The faithful are to be informed of the times at which these liturgies are to take place so they can participate in a spiritual manner, prayerfully uniting themselves to their priest from their homes. Where possible, the Faithful may also participate via live-streaming or other social media.
Act of Spiritual Communion
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Nada Te Turbe - St.Teresa of Avila
Let nothing disturb you. Nada te turbe
Let nothing frighten you. Nada te espante
All things are passing away. Todo se pasa
God never changes. Dios no se muda
Patient endurance obtains all things. La paciencia todo lo alcanza
Whoever has God lacks nothing. Quien a Dios tiene, nada le falta
God alone suffices. Solo Dios basta.
When do we cover the crosses during Lent?
"In the Dioceses of the United States the practice of covering crosses and images throughout the church from this Sunday may be observed. Crosses remain covered until the end of the Celebration of the Lord's passion on Good Friday, but images remain covered until the beginning of the Easter Vigil." (Roman Missal; Fifth Sunday of Lent)