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Holy Week @ SIC


Parishioners of St Ignatius Church (SIC) enthusiastically ushered in this year’s Holy Week as they celebrate Palm Sunday on 13 & 14 April by waving palms as they enter church. A procession through the covered car park area to the church building was held before the 6 pm Mass on 14 April. SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD proclaimed the Gospel of Mark on The Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, gave a short homily, and blessed the palms together with Jesuit priest Fr Joseph Ng. He then led the procession to church for Mass with Fr Joseph as concelebrant. A procession was also held before the 11.15 am Mandarin Mass on Sunday 14 Apr with Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD as the celebrant.


Earlier in the morning of Saturday 13 April, about 50 volunteers turned up in church to help clean and cut 2,500 palms down to size.


This year’s Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday Mass at St Ignatius Church (SIC) which started at 8 pm on 18 April drew one of the biggest turnouts of parishioners in recent years. Marking the end of the Lenten season, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper also inaugurates the Paschal Triduum — from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically a single day unfolding for us the unity of Christ’s Paschal Mystery.


After the homily of this multilingual Mass at SIC, Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD and Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD washed the feet of 12 representatives from the English, Mandarin & Bahasa Malaysia Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) class of 2018-19. This Mass also commemorates the Institution of the Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Holy Orders (priesthood). Holy Thursday is also called Maundy Thursday with the word 'Maundy' derived from the Latin mandatum or mandate given by Jesus to his disciples at the Last Supper to love one another.


Shortly after holy communion, Frs Andrew & Lawrence led the procession to transfer the Most Blessed Sacrament from the tabernacle to the Altar of Repose on the first floor of Costantini Community Centre. The Blessed Sacrament was exposed for adoration till 6 am after which it was transferred to the prayer room downstairs where consecrated hosts are kept for holy communion during Good Friday services.


Despite the hot weather, there was a big turnout up for the multi-lingual Good Friday Way of the Cross @ Riverside on 19 April at 1 pm. Fr Andrew started off proceedings by carrying a wooden cross from the altar to the church entrance after which a group of communion ministers carried a bigger cross to the First Station. Fr Lawrence also participated in the event.


Apart from the Liturgy of the Word, the Good Friday celebration of the Lord’s Passion included Veneration of the Cross whereby parishioners come forward one by one to kneel before the crucifix and kiss the feet of Jesus. Spiritual communion within the SIC community was enhanced through Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration held from Ash Wednesday to Good Friday.


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