Holy Week and Easter Schedule

April 04, 2006

Christians around the world will celebrate Holy Week April 9-15, and Easter on April 16. Here in Washington, Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, will lead a number of liturgies:

Sunday, April 9: Palm Sunday Mass
9:45 a.m., Cathedral of St. Matthew, 1725 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington, DC

Cardinal McCarrick will bless palm branches in memory of Christ’s triumphant journey to Jerusalem, 9:45 a.m., rear of the church, and will celebrate Mass at 10:00 a.m. During Mass, the Passion story will be read.

Monday, April 10: Chrism Mass to Mark Founding of the Priesthood
7:00 p.m., Cathedral of St. Matthew, 1725 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington, DC

Cardinal McCarrick and priests from throughout the Archdiocese of Washington will celebrate this annual Mass, commemorating the founding of the priesthood by Christ. Also, special oils that all parishes in the Archdiocese will use to administer the Sacraments during the upcoming year will be consecrated during the Mass, then poured into containers for the priests to take back to their parishes.

Thursday, April 13: Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper
5:30 p.m., Cathedral of St. Matthew, 1725 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington, DC

During this Mass, which starts the Triduum –the three final days before Easter–Cardinal McCarrick will wash the feet of 12 people, as Christ washed the feet of the apostles at the Last Supper. After Mass, the altar and sanctuary will be stripped of all ornamentation to prepare for Good Friday, the day Christ died on the cross, and the Eucharist will be moved in solemn procession to a side chapel.

Friday, April 14: Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Veneration of the Cross
1:00 p.m. (English) / 3:45 p.m. (Greet Participants from Via Crucis), Cathedral of St. Matthew, 1725 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington, DC

Please note: No Masses are celebrated in Catholic churches on Good Friday.
Cardinal McCarrick will preside at a Liturgy of the Word and Veneration of the Cross. During the Veneration of the Cross, the people will come forward to kiss a crucifix, recalling Christ’s death for our salvation. The tradition dates back to the late 4th century when, according to legend, Helen, the mother of Constantine, discovered the true cross in Jerusalem.

At 3:45 p.m., the Cardinal will greet Latino Catholics arriving at St. Matthew’s at the conclusion of a Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession. The procession will start at Our Lady Queen of the Americas, 2200 California St., NW at 2:45 p.m. and move down Connecticut Avenue to St. Matthew’s.

Saturday, April 15: Easter Vigil Mass
8:30 p.m., Cathedral of St. Matthew, 1725 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington, DC

Please note: No Masses are celebrated in Catholic Churches this day until the evening Vigil.

In an ancient rite, a giant fire will be lit on the steps of the Cathedral to symbolize the resurrection of Christ, the light of the world. From that fire, candles held by the 1,000+ members of the congregation will be lit one by one until the darkened church is full of candlelight. As the Gloria is sung, the cathedral lights will be turned on as the celebration of Christ’s coming resurrection will begin.

Sunday, April 16: Easter Sunday Mass
10:00 a.m., Cathedral of St. Matthew, 1725 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington, DC

Cardinal McCarrick will celebrate Easter Mass at the Cathedral.

Sunday, April 16: Easter Sunday Mass
Noon, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Ave., NE, Washington, DC

Cardinal McCarrick will celebrate Easter Mass at the Basilica.

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