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Holy Week at St. Albert's

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Today, with Palm Sunday, Holy Week begins. It is especially at times like this that the more monastic side of our life comes to the fore and all our energy is given to the preparation and celebration of these beautiful liturgies, the high point of the liturgical year and a foretaste of what is to come. For us the brothers, it is a time of intense focus on the liturgy, and it is an exhausting week. But it is also a great joy for us to prepare and participate in the liturgies of Holy Week. It has also been a great pleasure for us in the last few years to have with us in these days the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, who live in Loomis, CA, and who are laying the groundwork for a new foundation one day. And we also invite any who live in the Bay Area and who so desire to join us for the various liturgies of this week. Below is the liturgical schedule for the Triduum and Easter Sunday. May you have a blessed Holy Week and an Easter full of joy and grace.

Holy Thursday:

Tenebrae - 6.30am
Mass of the Lord's Supper - 7.30pm

Good Friday:

Tenebrae - 7.30am
Verneration of the Cross and Liturgy of the Presanctified - 7.30pm

Holy Saturday:

Tenebrae - 7.30am
Vigil Mass - 8.30pm

Easter Sunday:

Lauds - 8.30am
Mass - 9.30am

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Holy Week - Part 3

Holy Thursday Pilgrimage

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, which commemorates the institution of the priesthood and the Eucharist, ends with the procession of the Blessed Sacrament to a temporary altar of repose away from the sanctuary.

According to popular tradition, in the late 1500's, St. Philip Neri began leading groups of the faithful on pilgrimage to the seven basilicas in Rome – to watch and pray at the altar of repose set up in each. In many parts of the world (including Italy, Poland, and Mexico) the practice of this devotion continues to this day.

At each stop along their journey pilgrims are encouraged to reflect on the seven stops of Jesus leading up to his crucifixion, beginning with his prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. After meditating on the appropriate passage from Scripture, one prays an “Our Father…Hail Mary…Glory Be…” and offers an intention for the Pope. Then one is free to spend a few minutes in private adoration before moving on to the next stop. Usually the pilgrimage ends with a holy hour at the last altar of repose.

Scriptural Meditations for the Seven Stops

1: Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:39-46)

2: Jesus before Annas (John 18:19-24)

3: Jesus before Caiaphas (Matthew 26:63-65)

4: Jesus before Pilate (John 18:33-37)

5: Jesus before Herod (Luke 23:8-11)

6: Jesus before Pilate again (Matthew 27:22-24)

7: Jesus is scourged, crowned, and led to his crucifixion (Mark 15:15-20)

If you are in the area and would like to make St. Albert's one of your stops on Thursday night, or if you would like to join us for any of our Triduum liturgies, check out the schedule below.

Triduum Schedule at St. Albert's

Holy Thursday, April 1


Mass of the Lord's Supper...7:30pm

(followed by adoration until midnight)

Good Friday, April 2


Stations of the Cross...3pm

Liturgy of the Lord's Passion...7:30pm

Holy Saturday, April 3



Easter Vigil Mass...8:30pm

(followed by a reception)

Easter Sunday, April 4


Mass of the Lord's Resurrection...9:30am


(no public Compline)