Holy Week and Easter 2006

Abbot John and the monks of Saint John's Abbey cordially invite you to celebrate the Easter festival with us in Collegeville.

The monks especially welcome guests to campus during the celebration of Saint John's Sesquicentennial, 150 years of inspired learning. More than a year of events will be open to the public.

All services of the monastic community are celebrated in the main sanctuary of the Saint John's Abbey and University Church. Monastic hosts will greet and guide you at the services of the monastic community.

Celebrations of the Saint John Baptist Parish are usually held in the Assumption Chapel on the lower level of the abbey church. Parish liturgies on Holy Thursday and Good Friday are celebrated at the Parish Center located on Fruit Farm Road, west of Flynntown. Ushers will assist you at the parish's liturgies.

Schedule of Liturgical Services

Passion Sunday - 9 April 2006
10:30 a.m. - Eucharist with blessing of the palms. This celebration with the Saint John's Abbey Schola begins in the Great Hall and moves in procession to the abbey church after the blessing the branches and the reading the Gospel. (Monastic celebration). Homily by Abbot John Klassen OSB after the reading of the Passion.

Holy Thursday - 13 April 2006
7 a.m. - Morning Prayer
12 noon - Midday Prayer

The Triduum of Easter

Holy Thursday - 13 April 2006
7 p.m. Mass of the Lord's Supper (Parish celebration) In the Parish Center.
8 p.m. Mass of the Lord's Supper. Homily by Abbot John. (Monastic celebration) - Archive of the Real Media Broadcast.
The Liturgy comes to a close with a procession to the Great Hall during which the Pange Lingua is chanted in Latin and English. The final hymn at the altar of repose concludes the service.
11:45 p.m. Night Prayer closes the period of Eucharistic adoration - In the Great Hall.

Good Friday - 14 April 2006
7 a.m. Morning Prayer
12 noon Midday Prayer
3 p.m. Liturgy of the Lord's Passion (Monastic celebration) - Archive of the Real Media Broadcast.

Homily by Abbot John. The Collegeville Consort sings sacred music of the Renaissance during theAdoration of the Cross and Holy CommunionNe irascaris, Domine, satis (Isaiah 64:9-10; William Byrd, 1543-1623); Jerusalem surge, et sta in excelso (Baruch 5:5, 4:35; Henrich Isaac, 1450-1517); Nolo mortem peccatoris (Thomas Morley, 1557-1602).
7 p.m. Liturgy of the Lord's Passion (Parish celebration) - In the Parish Center.
7 p.m. Evening Prayer (Monastic celebration)

Holy Saturday - 15 April 2006
7 a.m. Morning Prayer
12 noon Midday Prayer
5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer
7 p.m. Easter Vigil (Parish celebration) - In the Assumption Chapel.
9:30 p.m. Easter Vigil - Archive Real Media Broadcast.

Blessing of the new fire, sung Exsultet, Service of Seven Readings with sung responses,
Abbey bells and Gloria, threefold.
Alleluia with procession before proclamation of the Gospel by three cantors,
Homily by Abbot John
Blessing of the Font and Renewal of Baptismal Vows and Eucharist (Monastic celebration).

During the service, the abbey schola sings for the first time "Like the Deer," a motet composed for three voices by Sr. Maria of the Cross OP (Summit, NJ) and "Love is Come Again," arranged for four voices by Bill Tamblyn. Dr. Axel Theimer directs the Schola. The first part ends with the Agnus Dei. The second part continues with the distribution of Holy Communion including Gregorian Chantdirected by Fr. Anthony Ruff OSB. Supported by trumpet and organ, the service concludes with thefinal hymn and recessionional.

Easter Sunday - 16 April 2006

Light refreshments will be served in the Great Hall after the Easter Vigil.
8:30 a.m. Eucharist (Parish celebration) - In the Assumption Chapel. Please note that this is the only Eucharistic celebration on Easter Sunday at the Abbey.
9:45 a.m. Festal Morning Prayer (Lauds) - Archive Real Media Broadcast. Organist: Fr. Anthony Ruff OSB.
There is no eucharistic celebration at 10:30 a.m.
12 noon Midday Prayer
5 p.m. Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday closes the celebration of the Easter Triduum.