|April 3, 2017 • VOL. 55, NO. 7 • Oakland, CA|
Holy Week & Easter Liturgies
A night of Eucharistic Adoration at the Place of Repose
At the end of the Holy Thursday liturgy, there will be a candlelight procession with the Most Blessed Sacrament outside to the Place of Repose, which will be located in the Cathedral Mausoleum.
After midnight, there will be silent adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament in the Place of Repose throughout the night and until the start of the Good Friday liturgy at noon April 14. A single tabernacle lamp will light the Sacrament; flowers and extra candles will be removed at midnight.
The Diocese of Oakland is encouraging Catholics from throughout the East Bay to journey to the cathedral on this Most Holy Night to pray in adoration to our Lord Jesus Christ, who offered himself up as the Bread of Life and the Cup of Eternal Salvation.
Misunderstanding and poor English translation of the rubric in the old Sacramentary caused many to believe that adoration had to end at midnight, with a misplaced practice of the priest placing the Blessed Sacrament in the Sacristy safe or such at midnight, according to Mark Hernbroth, coordinator of liturgical celebrations in the Office of the Bishop.
The Third Edition of the Roman Missal, which came into use in 2011, clarified the translation, which now reads: "The faithful are invited to continue adoration before the Blessed Sacrament for a suitable length of time during the night, according to local circumstances, but after midnight the adoration should take place without solemnity."
Additionally, the rubric (rules for the conduct of a liturgical service, often printed in red) for Good Friday indicates that the Blessed Sacrament is still in the place of Repose: "The Deacon … brings the Blessed Sacrament back from the place of repose to the altar."
The cathedral parking garage will be open all night and parking is free. Extra security will be present at the cathedral, 2121 Harrison St. Oakland.
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