Catching Up On Easter – Holy Saturday

A Handmaid News, Triduum

REJOICE! HE IS RISEN! The Triduum culminates in the joyous celebration in the Easter Vigil! This year finally we happily pulled out the Easter Fire kettle and made preparations (modified by COVID) to enjoy the Liturgy of Light with blessing of the fire, the Paschal candle,  the singing of the Exultet (long form, too!), the Liturgy of the Word (with …

Catching Up On Easter – Good Friday

A Handmaid News, Triduum

Good Friday is perhaps the most poignant and painful day of our year, the day without Mass, yet we call it Good. How is Good Friday a Good? How do we nuns celebrate this terrible day when man dared to kill God? With an eye (and an ear) on the soon-to-be-sung Exultet praising the ‘O Happy Fault’ that gained us …

Catching Up On Easter – Holy Thursday

A Handmaid News, Triduum

Monastic life, by design, does not always lend itself to instant sharing and media updates. Thus it is only now as we move through Spring, are we sharing more photos from the beautiful Triduum services we were privileged to enjoy. What is the Triduum? Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. The three most intense liturgical days of the year …

The Silence and Emptiness without Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament

They Have Taken Our Lord

A Handmaid Charism, HPB Vocations, News, Priests, Triduum

YES, THEY HAVE TAKEN OUR LORD… [Originally shared Holy Week 2017] Sometimes well meaning Catholics tell us they are envious of our monastic lifestyle. Usually it is because they misunderstand the level of spiritual combat it entails daily. But when we hear of “holy envy” regarding our experience of Holy Week and the Triduum, it might be justified, but not …

Chapel approaching Triduum

Historic Holy Week and Easter for Handmaids

A Handmaid News, Triduum

Easter approaches! It’s Holy Week! Our Crucifix and statues are covered in Chapel. We are unpacking and digging out processional crosses, candles and bells, dusting, scrubbing, and polishing. We are preparing and printing out booklets with hymns, music, and prayers for each wonderful event that marks Holy Week and the Triduum. Choir practices are brushing up on Passion and Paschaltide …

Holy Thursday Reflection

Scott Maentz Triduum

“The Precious Blood of Christ was given to us for our redemption; He continues to give His Precious Blood to us in His Chalice through His Priests. It is poured into the chalice of the world to bring the world to peace.” – Father Gerald