By MARTHA McCLAIN
Special to the PRESS
As Catholics in the Laguna Madre area completed a celebration of Palm Sunday, plans were announced for Holy Week activities at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Port Isabel. Holy Week is considered the most sacred of all times in the Catholic Church.
Holy Thursday, April 5, will be observed beginning at 7 p.m. in the church with an evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. According to church teachings, Holy Thursday is the most complex and profound of all religious observances, saving only the Easter Vigil. The celebration is Jesus’ Last Supper, representing a farewell to His assembled disciples, some of whom would betray, desert or deny Him before the sun rose again.
On Good Friday, April 6, ceremonies commence at 3 p.m. with the Passion of Christ, featuring live Stations of the Cross, ending with the Lord’s crucifixion at the church parking lot at 705 South Longoria St. A Celebration of the Passion of the Lord will follow the same day at 7 p.m. The church will be stripped of its ornaments, the altar bare, and the door of the empty tabernacle will be standing open, will be as if in mourning. No Mass is celebrated on this day, but the service of Good Friday, however Communion, which had already been consecrated on Holy Thursday is given to the people.
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