Guests are always welcome to attend prayer with the Sisters of St. Benedict at Monastery Immaculate Conception, 802 E. 10th Street, Ferdinand, Indiana. All services are held in Monastery Immaculate Conception church unless otherwise indicated and all times are in Eastern Standard. The schedule for Holy Week services is as follows:
Palm Sunday, April 14
Morning Prayer begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass in the courtyard at 10:30 a.m., weather permitting. We hold the Blessing of the Palms and then process into church. Evening Prayer is at 5:00 p.m.
Prayer times for Monday through Wednesday of Holy Week will be as usual. Morning Prayer begins at 7:00 a.m. each day, followed by Mass. Midday Prayer begins at 12 noon, and Evening Prayer begins at 5:00 p.m.
Holy Thursday, April 18
Morning Prayer begins at 8:00 a.m. During the days of the Triduum, Morning Prayer at Monastery Immaculate Conception has a different format than other days of the year. It is more solemn, and lasts longer than usual.
Midday Prayer is held at 12 noon. Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper begins at 4:30 p.m.
Good Friday, April 19
Morning Prayer begins at 8:00 a.m.
The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, including the Veneration of the Cross, begins at 3:00 p.m.
Holy Saturday, April 20
Morning Prayer begins at 8:00 a.m., Midday Prayer at 12 noon, and Evening Prayer at 5:00 p.m.
At 7:00 p.m., the Easter Vigil begins with the Vigil of Readings — seven readings, responses, and prayers to ready ourselves for the rising of Christ. The evening portion of the Easter Vigil service ends with a directive to keep the vigil until the following morning.
Easter Sunday, April 21
The Easter Vigil continues with the Service of Light at the main monastery entrance at 6:30 a.m. During the Service of Light, we bless the new fire and light the Paschal Candle of the new year. As the procession moves into the monastery church, those in attendance gather around the font for the blessing of the holy water and the Exsultet. Then, together, the community sings the Proclamation of Easter. Everyone proceeds to the front of church and Mass continues with the Gloria.