monasterio de tarlac liturgical paschal triduum

Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion

7:30 am – Stations of the Cross

7:00 am to 5:00 pm – Liturgy of the Word and Rite of Veneration of the Relic of the True  Cross of Christ

6:00 pm – Adoration of the Cross & Solemn Evening Prayer of the Lord’s Passion

 

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Black Saturday

7:00 am to 4:00 pm – Liturgy of the Word and Rite of Veneration of the Relic of the True  Cross of Christ

7:00 pm – Easter Vigil Mass at the Plaza

 

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Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection

8:00 am to 10:00 am – Confession

10:30 am – Pilgrim Mass at the Plaza

3:00 pm – Holy Mass (Chapel)

 

directions to the monasterio (coning from luisita) can be referenced on my old post: https://sensoryreplays.com/2012/03/31/directions-to-monasterio-de-tarlac/

 

directions to monasterio de tarlac

me and my family attended mass yesterday at the monasterio.  there were a lot of devotees in the place but parking area was no problem for us for there was much space.  a basilica is now under construction.  i took note the directions on how to get to the monasterio for i have received e-mails before asking me about it.  i don’t think there is an available public transportation as of now, but i am posting here the way we got there using our own family vehicle.

from sm city tarlac:  there is a mercury drug after the mall building along mc-arthur highway make a left turn going to zamora street.  turn left to tarlac state university (right side is mc donalds) along romulo boulevard.  turn right when you see the total gas station (left side is agri gas station).  you will pass by central luzon doctors hospital and tarlac chinese cemetery, then a small bridge (agana bridge).  turn left at st. gerard school.  along the way you will see signages of monasterio de tarlac and tarlac recreational park.  when you reach the narrow lubigan bridge you are now at barangay lubigan and just go straight going up to the monasterio.

the monasterio is one place one can visit during visita iglesia (seven churches visitation) customary on holy week.

for more of monasterio de tarlac, check my old posts:

monasterio de tarlac

revisiting the monastery

monasterio de tarlac holy week schedule of activities

monasterio de tarlac holy week schedule of activities

i noticed i get a lot of views from my posts about the monastery (monasterio de tarlac, revisiting the monastery) and some might be checking out the schedule of masses for the holy week.  i revisited the monasterio last month and was able to take note of their activities for this lenten season which can be of use for those devotees planning to visit the place.

Palm Sunday

10:00: Blessing of palms at the Resurrection Garden;  10:15: Commemoration of Christ’ triumphant entry to Jerusalem (Procession from the Garden of Ressurection to the Plaza);  10:30: Holy Mass at Monasterio Plaza;  15:00: Blessing of Palms (Shorter Rite), Holy Mass and Veneration of the Holy Cross.

Holy Monday

05:00: Penitential Rosary Procession; 06:00: Community Mass; 10:30: Pilgrim’s Mass; 15:00: Liturgy of the Word and Rite of the Veneration of the Holy Cross.

Holy Tuesday

05:00: Penitential Rosary Procession; 06:00: Community Mass; 10:30: Pilgrim’s Mass; 15:00: Liturgy of the Word and Rite of the Veneration of the Holy Cross.

Holy Wednesday

05:00: Penitential Rosary Procession; 06:00: Community Mass; 10:30: Pilgrim’s Mass; 15:00: Liturgy of the Word and Rite of the Veneration of the Holy Cross.

Holy Thursday

07:00: Liturgy of the Word and Rite of Veneration of the Relic of the Holy Cross (Scheduled as follows 07:00, 08:30, then every hour to 15:30);  16:30: Mass of the Lord’s Supper; 18:00: Paschal Triduum.

Good Friday

07:00: Via Crucis, Veneration of the Relic of the Holy Cross; 15:30: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion and Veneration of the Cross.

Holy Saturday

07:00: Rite of Veneration of the Relic of the Holy Cross (Scheduled as follows 07:00, 08:30, then every hour to 17:30); 19:00: Easter Vigil (Blessing of Light, Liturgy of the Word, Blessing of the Baptismal Water / Baptism and the Holy Eucharist).

Easter Sunday

10:30: Open-Air Mass at Monasterio Plaza and Veneration of the Relic;  15:00: Holy Mass at the Chapel.

revisiting the monastery

i revisited the monasterio weeks ago with my parents.  the last time we were there (see post) it was a thursday and unfortunately there was no mass for that day.  it was a sunny friday when we went this time, there were a couple of coaster buses when we arrived in the monastery for there was a ‘field trip’ for students from a school in nueva ecija.  they did not stayed long though and never waited for the mass at 10:30 am.

while waiting for the mass i took pictures around the place, we then went to the reception area and my ma saw  rosaries from bethlehem at the counter for sale.  i bought two pieces of the lovely rosaries for me and her to keep.

the mass started and i stayed outside the chapel, seeing the monks made me remember of a deceased second uncle.  he was a missionary priest who met a fatal vehicular accident.  he was an inspiration for me to attend the seminary, i pictured myself before as taking his place.  but god had a different plan for me.  i have brushed off the thought a long time ago, buried under a pile of my so-called past ambitions.

monasterio de tarlac

last week, my ma invited me to join her and my father to visit monasterio de tarlac, a monastic community of the servants of the risen christ which houses a relic of a fragment of the holy cross of jesus.  the relic itself is inside an arqueta (an ornate box) found in the chapel of the monastery.  i have read that twice a year, this relic is open for public viewing.

queen helena, mother of emperor constantine, in her journey to the holy land in 312 ad, had the temple dedicated to venus destroyed.  uncovered was christ’s sepulcher and three crosses.  to discern which of the crosses was christ’s, they were brought to a gravely ill woman.  when she touched the third cross, she got healed—a sign that this was the true cross of jesus. following the fall of constantinople, fragments of the cross were divided among the knights as booty and were distributed to churches and monasteries in europe. sixteen centuries later, a relic of the true Cross, now encased in a silver arqueta engraved with christian symbols associated with the crucifixion, lies in the chapel of the holy cross in the peaceful and quiet monasterio de tarlac.

from hacienda luisita in tarlac, it took us an hour drive to reach lubigan, san jose  and the place itself is located in the mountaintop, offering a scenic view of the towns of tarlac.  the monastery also has a 30 foot statue of the risen christ.

more pictures of the monastery can be found on my other post, ‘revisiting the monastery’.