Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

Homily Podcast



Living the Liturgy of Holy Week

April 18th, 2011, by Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

Last night on Palm Sunday in Most Pure Heart of Mary Church, I gave a special presentation on the liturgy of Holy Week. The audio of that talk is now available below. Have you ever wondered what the Easter Vigil is all about? What is the history behind the Washing of the Feet or the Veneration of the Cross? Holy Week contains many rites that are celebrated only once a year and sometimes need some explanation. Listen and learn the meaning behind these special days. Learn how to pray with the Church during this holiest of weeks. I offer many spiritual and historical insights that will help to make this Holy Week the most meaningful week of your year.

The talk lasts about an hour with 15 minutes of audience questions at the end. If you want to jump to a particular point in the talk the time indexes below can be used. May God bless you and our Church during this Holy Week.

0:00 – Introduction
16:26 – Holy Thursday
29:05 – Good Friday
41:07 – Holy Saturday
1:07:03 – Questions

4 Responses to Living the Liturgy of Holy Week

  1. Ellen Klinefelter

    Fr. Shaun,

    Thank you so-o-o much for recording this talk. I was worried that you wouldn’t. I so wanted to attend but, family issues prevented it and I was extremely disappointed that I wouldn’t be to hear it. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Ellen Klinefelter

  2. Lorraine McEwen

    Why are Holy Thursdays songs sung in Latin?

  3. Fr. Shawn P. Tunink


    There are a number of songs/chants for the Holy Thursday liturgy that are actually contained in the instructions for Mass. As they have been around for centuries, they are originally in Latin. Examples would be “Ubi Caritas” at the offertory and “Pange Lingua” at the transfer of the Eucharist.

    While these traditional chants are originally in Latin, we used English translations at Most Pure Heart of Mary tonight. I hope that helps.

  4. John 6:54

    Excellent talk. i hope you do this or something similar at Cure o Ars.

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