Serving the Catholic Communities of Elizabethtown, Eldorado and Harrisburg Illinois

Lent and Holy Week Notes 2019


X The Alleluia is not sung or said during the Lenten liturgies.

X The Gloria is not sung or said during Lent except on the Solemnity of Saint Joseph (March 19) and the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord (March 25).

X Violet is the color of the season. Rose may be used on the Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday).

X In order to help emphasize the penitential character of the Lenten season (with the exception of Laetare Sunday), the altar and sanctuary should not be decorated with flowers. In addition, musical instruments should only be used to support the singing.

X Holy water must not be removed from the fonts or replaced with anything else (sand, gravel, etc.) during the Lenten season. While Lent is a time of fasting, it is not a time to fast from our sacramental. The holy water is removed after the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and replaced with the waters blessed at the Easter Vigil.


X Funeral Masses are not permitted on the Sundays of Lent, anytime on Holy Thursday, or during the Easter Triduum. Funeral Rites on these days make use of a   liturgy of the Word, closing with the rite of Farewell. Readings should reflect the nature of these days, and communion is not given.

X Marriages celebrated during Lent, be they in Mass or out of Mass, should be planned keeping in mind the  special nature of the season (especially in terms of  decoration and musical selection.).

X The ritual Mass for Marriage is not permitted on Ash Wednesday or the Sundays of Lent. The Rite of Marriage Outside of Mass can be used these days if needed.

X No Rite of Marriage at all, in or out of Mass, is permitted during the Easter Triduum.

X The Sacraments of Reconciliation and  Anointing of the Sick may be celebrated on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. 

From the Pastor’s Desk…….CSMA

Next weekend, every parish in the diocese will be participating in The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal. This annual collection supports the ministries and agencies in our dioceses whose scope of service could not be duplicated by an individual parish. You will have the opportunity to make your pledge at Mass next weekend. No gift is too great or too small. If you do not receive a pledge card in the mail for  forget to bring it, please use available at the front doors. Please be as generous as you are able.   



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