Friday, April 14, 2006

How we did the Tre Ore

For Good Friday here, I tried to provide, in addition to the Solemn Liturgy provided for today, some other opportunities for observing the Three Hours.

So at noon, we began the liturgy, conducted in the usual fashion. We did not have anyone to sing the reproaches, however. About 15 minutes after the liturgy concluded around 1:15, I led the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary. At 2, I led the Stations of the Cross. Then, at 3 pm, I led the Divine Mercy chaplet, beginning the Divine Mercy novena.

What did your parish do? Anything different, unusual?

(I did think about offering confessions; however, as this was new to me, I tried to avoid planning to many new things; besides, the other parish in town had confessions. Next year.)

I do have other ideas for next year, or some future year. The Church encourages celebrating the Liturgy of the Hours; the Seven Last Words also come to mind.


Anonymous said...

At Holy Family Church in Columbus, Ohio we began at noon with the Mass of the Presanctified (1962 Missal).

The 7 last words were preaced at 1:45PM.

The Liturgy of Good Friday (1970 Missal) began at 2:45PM.

And then Tenebreae was held tonight at 8PM. It may have been preceded by the Stations of the Cross.


amy beth said...
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Tom said...

At St. Andrew Apostle in Silver Spring, MD, the church opened at noon; at 1 p.m., the Seven Last Words (new for the parish, I believe, with the [new] pastor springing for some professional singers; alas, I couldn't make it); at 3 p.m., the Stations of the Cross, followed by confession until 4:30 p.m.; at 7:30 p.m., the Celebration of Our Lord's Passion.

amy beth said...

We had Stations of the Cross at 12 noon with a "Good Friday Service" which started at 1pm ... (Liturgy / Veneration of the Cross / Communion).

It did not last three hours.

I asked my husband after mass last week if he would like to come with me- to which he said "I have to work!." (he leaves for work around 2pm) I didn't push the issue.

Much to my surprise when I got home this afternoon he wanted to know why I hadn't picked him up on my way from work to church.
I can never win! ;)

Anonymous said...

At SS Cyril and Methodius Slovak Catholic Church, Sterling Heights, MI we started with the Stations of the Cross at 12 p.m followed by the Liturgy of the Word (two Readings), the Passion of Our Lord, the General Intercessions, Veneration of the Cross at this time for the 4 priests, 2 deacons and 50 altar boys, followed by Holy Communion, and Veneration of the Cross by the faithful. At 2:30 p.m. while the Veneration of the Cross was in progress the Sorrowful Mysteries were said followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Novena. RThe Service ended around 3 p.m.

Deacon Joe said...

Greeting Father,

The way we do Tre Ore is to start with an introduction that includes the Our Father and Creed. We also do Psalm 51 in choir. After a collective prayer we start with the first of the seven last words of Christ. During each word, a Psalm that pertains to each of the seven last words. The Psalms are done in choir like the LOH except the Lector does one strobe and the congregation does the next. After a doxology, we do a compilation of the Gospel readings for the event of each of the seven words. Then their is a small silent meditation. After a couple of minutes the celebrant does a homily. I like to use Archbishop Fulton Sheen's book on the Seven Last Words for my homily. After another period of silence and prayer, we go to the next words of Christ on the cross. I am also working on unveiling the Corpus for each of the words. An empty Monstrance on the Altar, black vestments and unlit candles help the faithful understand the significance of the last three hours of Christ crucified.