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In his apostolic exhortation "The Joy of the Gospel" ("Evangelii Gaudium") Pope Francis writes: "With Christ joy is constantly born anew." Nowhere is this more evident than in the liturgies of the Sacred Triduum and Easter. These services are the liturgical highlight of the Church calendar. Parishes put great effort into planning liturgies that will help parishioners enter into a deeper experience of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Church is a faithful custodian of these sacred rites. This year, 28 parishes in our archdiocese faced the challenge of celebrating the liturgies in a new context. These parishes are gathered into 12 collaboratives in Phase I of the pastoral plan Disciples in Mission. The challenge came paired with the opportunity to work within the Church's rich tradition to provide liturgy ever ancient, ever new.
Here is a brief look at Holy Week in three Collaboratives:
Visits to the Beverly Catholic website surpassed Christmas time -- a good sign. For the Triduum, the Beverly Collaborative celebrated one Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, one Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord on Good Friday, and one Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. The services were held in different parishes in the collaborative. Other Collaboratives followed this same pattern.