Despite the restrictions in place because of the Covid 19 Pandemic, the ceremonies associated with Holy Week went ahead as normal in the grounds of St Joseph’s, Ballycranbeg.
The pictures hopefully give an idea of how the ceremonies were carried out and as can be seen, the Parish was blessed with beautiful weather for the three days of the Easter Triduum 2021.
Following the Mass of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday, which Fr Alexander celebrated in the Outdoor Mass Room, the Blessed Sacrament was taken and reposed in St Joseph’s Church for a period of Adoration which concluded with the Night Prayer of the Church.
On Good Friday, Fr Alexander was joined by children from St Mary’s Primary School who assisted with the reading of the Passion of Our Lord. Fr Alexander then carried the cross and placed it in the Calvary Scene adjacent to the Mass Room.
As is the tradition at this time of mourning for the Church, the altars were stripped and the tabernacles left open. Our pictures show the scene in St Mary Star of the Sea which was also prepared for Good Friday.
On Holy Saturday during the day, preparations were made for the outdoor Easter Vigil that evening. The preparations included the placing of oil-burners around the grounds of the Church which would be lit from the Easter fire. The Calvary Scene had a profusion of plants and shrubs added to brighten it up for Easter. Also this year, Faith Survival Kits were prepared and filled with goodies, by our willing volunteers, including Easter eggs, home-made shortbread, candles and appropriate prayers for the home. Easter Water was also included at the Vigil after it was blessed.