Updated Guidance on the Easter Triduum 2022

“Liturgical Directives for Ash Wednesday and Holy Week 2022” was sent to parishes on February 17, 2022 with restrictions due to the pandemic.
Given the improving numbers, the dissipation of the virus and a desire for the full, conscious and active participation of the faithful, parishes may now decide on their own if it seems suitable to lift some or all of the stated restrictions.

It would therefore be possible for the following to be reinstated:

  • The Washing of Feet on Holy Thursday
  • The Adoration of the Holy Cross by the faithful approaching as in a procession on Good Friday
  • Baptism by immersion on Holy Saturday
  • Sprinkling of the people after the Renewal of Baptismal Promises at the Easter Vigil and on Easter Sunday

These, and all other rites as prescribed in the Roman Missal may be reintroduced at the Easter Triduum this year at the discretion of the pastor/administrator/chaplain.

Where deemed necessary by the local pastor/administrator, some or all restrictions may remain in place for this year.
Please keep in mind the changing COVID situation/numbers as well as federal, state and local health guidelines when evaluating restrictions in a parish.

The Archdiocese of Newark does not require parishioners to wear masks. It is up to the local parish to decide if masks should be worn by ministers when baptizing, confirming, anointing, and distributing Communion. Communion from the cup has not yet been reintroduced. Communion in the hand is still preferred.

The use of instruments (cotton balls or swabs) for anointings and pitchers of water for baptisms, and other pandemic accommodations (e.g., covering ciboria, contactless sign of peace, etc.) are not required, but may be retained where deemed necessary. Holy water receptacles may be filled; however, they are to be empty during the Triduum until they are filled with water blessed at the Easter Vigil.

If you have any questions, please contact the Worship Office at 973-497-4345 or robert.evers@rcan.org.