O Lord, may we glorify the day of your glorious resurrection from the dead, in joyful praise and with spiritual hymns. Maronite Liturgy
Praise, glory and honor to the living Immortal One,
who by his death, gave life to his creatures,
by his resurrection, gave joy to his flock,
and by his rising from the tomb, saved his Church.
On Friday, during the crucifixion, darkness covered the earth; today, the work is radiant with the light of your resurrection. Maronite Liturgy
Saturday of the Light is the last day of this Holy Week, and subsequently, the last day of Lent. This day is a non-liturgical day. There is no Divine Liturgy that day before Vigil or Midnight. However, a beautiful ceremony is to be celebrated during that day: “the Prayer of Forgiveness”. It is an old prayer of the Maronite Church and all the Syriac Churches that celebrate the forgiveness won by the death of Jesus Christ. Saturday of the Light is the day of forgiveness par excellence.
O Lord, grant that we may enjoy the fruits of your sacrifice and bury the old man so that the new man may live. Maronite Liturgy
Good Friday is the greatest day of the year. Jesus was crucified and put to death. He paid the full price of our salvation: His life. Maronite Liturgy
When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.” And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit. John 19:30
Image by Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. @ Flickr: Crucifix from the Basilica of St Thérèse in Lisieux.
Holy Thursday or Thursday of the Holy Mysteries is the first day of the Easter Triduum. On that day Jesus had his Last Supper with His disciples and washed their feet. He commanded them to love one another and follow His example in serving each other. Maronite Liturgy
"I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do." John 13:15
Image by Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. @ Flickr: Part of a stained glass from the church of St-Jean-Baptiste in New York City.
Wednesday of the Passion Week is also called Wednesday of Ayoub (Job). Job suffered a lot.. but never cursed God and was known for his patience. He represents Christ, who willingly received suffering and death, and committed himself into his Father’s hands. On that day, the Rite of the Lamp is celebrated which is an old rite of the Maronite Church. Dough with seven wicks inserted into it, represent the seven lamps envisioned by the Prophet Jeremiah and by John the Apostle in his Revelation. During the celebration, the oil is blessed and all the faithful receive the anointing.
O Christ, bearing our crosses, may we follow you on the road of salvation and holiness and reach the heavenly glory that you attained. Maronite Liturgy
O Christ our Lord, may we worship you in spirit and in truth, and share in your life-giving passion. Maronite Liturgy
The Passion Week, in the Maronite Church, is considered an independent Liturgical Season inside the Season of Lent.
On Monday and Tuesday the Maronite church celebrates the rite of the “Coming to the Harbor”. It reminds us that Jesus is the Harbor of Salvation. The ship or the vessel, which is the Church, and often compared to Mary the New Vessel of life, reaches the Harbor after the safe journey of Lent.
O Christ, by your passion we have obtained salvation. Maronite Liturgy