Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday at Gesu


At Gesu, a Jesuit parish on Detroit's northwest side,
Holy Week is an incredible experience. From Palm Sunday, with its joyous procession, to Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, parishioners come together again and again to celebrate the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

During the Holy Saturday Vigil Mass, new members are welcomed into the church to join a community that has persevered through differences and found joy in sharing with one another.

Pastor Fr. Norm Dickson, SJ, said recently, "You know, we encounter the Paschal mystery at every mass, every Sunday. But at Easter, we really spend time with it. That mystery is what we are all baptized into. And, in our lives, each one of us is somewhere between Holy Thursday and Holy Saturday."

Detroit photographer Michael Sarnacki shares his photos from the Triduum at Gesu last year. *

An altar boy lights the menorah during the Holy Thursday celebration.

Lighting of candles on Thursday evening
Washing the feet on Holy Thursday

Pastor Fr. Norm Dickson, SJ, and Deacon Ron McIntyre follow in Jesus' footsteps and wash the feet of their parishioners on Holy Thursday, ". . . so must you do likewise."

Prostrate at the altar

After carrying the cross to the altar, the celebrants prostrate before it to begin the Good Friday liturgy.

[right] Generations come together to lift their voices and sing their praises on Good Friday.

Young and old sing out together
Blessing Easter Food on Saturday afternoon

The community joins hands during the blessing of the Easter food on Holy Saturday afternoon.

". . . Resound with joy, echoing the mighty song of all God's people," at the Easter Vigil.

Members of the congregation sing with arms uplifted
Carl Clendenning, music director

Carl Clendenning, Gesu's music director, leads the choir in song.

Singing during the Easter Vigil
Baptism during the Easter Vigil

Fr. Dickson aptizes a young girl "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

Even the youngest members of Gesu come
to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.


[right]The celebrants hold up the body and blood of Christ.

Photographer, Michael Sarnacki

Photographer Michael Sarnacki's work ranges from photojournalistic and corporate to public relations and architectural. He has been widely published, and his work is in the permanent collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts. He is working on a series of photographs that depict a Buddhist ceremony in Sri Lanka. Sarnacki has extensively photographed the work of Jesuits from the Detroit and Chicago provinces.

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