Palm Sunday

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today is the second Sunday of Passiontide, Palm Sunday. Dr. Mike Foley offers a helpful reflection on today’s Collect, which marks the beginning of the holiest week of the liturgical year: We also share some commentary on the day:

Holy Week Update

St. Ann will host the 2021 Traditional Easter Triduum (Pre-1955*). The Mass times are for St. Ann unless otherwise noted.     

  • Palm Sunday – March 28: 12:30pm Mass (*NOTE: The Palm Sunday Mass will be the 1962 Mass, not Pre-55); St. Thomas also has Palm Sunday Latin Mass at 11:30am
  • Spy Wednesday March 31: 6pm (Low Mass)
  • Holy Thursday April 1:  7pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Pre-55); followed by prayers at the Altar of Repose until Midnight
  • Good Friday April 2: 12:00 Noon – Stations of the Cross; 12:00 – 2:00 PM – Confessions; 3:00 PM – Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Pre-55)
  • Holy Saturday April 3: 8:00 PM – Easter Vigil (Pre-55)
  • Easter Sunday April 4:
    • 11:30am High Mass – St. Thomas Aquinas parish: Mass will be accompanied by a string ensemble. The Ordinary of the Mass will be Mass in F by Albrechtsberger (Missa Visitationis Beatae Mariae Virginis). No signups required for Mass.
    • 12:30pm High Mass St. Ann parish
    • All other normal Sunday Latin Masses around the diocese will be offered at its normal Sunday time. 

Triduum update: According to St. Ann parish there will not be signups required for the Triduum; however they will have signups for Easter Sunday. Please check St. Ann parish website. Additional seating should be outside in the plaza. All those desiring to receive Holy Communion will be able to receive on Holy Thursday or Easter Vigil, and presumably Easter Sunday (regardless of signups). As a reminder there is no Holy Communion offered on Good Friday – the Veneration of the Cross is the “People’s Communion” (see our Pre-55 page below)

Holy Cross parish to offer Latin Mass on Spy Wednesday (March 31): For our readers near the Triad, Holy Cross parish in Kernersville will offer a 7pm Traditional Latin Mass for SpyWednesday (616 South Cherry Street, Kernersville, NC;

St. John the Baptist in Tryon Pre-1955 Easter Triduum Schedule

  • Holy Thursday April 1: 6:30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper (followed by Prayers at the Altar of Repose until midnight)
  • Good Friday April 2: 10am – 2pm (Confessions); 12 noon Stations of the Cross: 3pm Good Friday Liturgy (Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ)
  • Holy Saturday April 3: Easter Vigil, 8pm
  • Easter Sunday April 4: 8:30am High Mass (normal schedule)
  • Address: 180 Laurel Avenue, Tryon, NC; Parish website:

What is the Pre-1955 Easter Latin Triduum?: As noted previously, the Latin Triduum offered by St. Ann will again use the liturgy in use prior to 1955, which has some beautiful and rich symbolism and traditions. You can learn more about these visit our Pre-55 webpage:

Divine Mercy Novena begins Good Friday – Easter Saturday (April 2 – 10): Good Friday begins the Divine Mercy novena which concludes on Divine Mercy Sunday April 11. St. Ann’s features a statue of the Divine Mercy of Our Lord in front of the parish, honoring the late seminarian & parishioner Michael Kitson who passed away on Divine Mercy Sunday a few years ago.  As we have asked in prior years, for those who observe this devotion please consider praying for these intentions as part of your novena: For the suffering Christians in the Middle East; an end of abortion in our country; the reestablishment of the weekly Sunday Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury; and for the regularization (resolution of the status) of the Society of St. Pius X.

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