Palm Sunday Marks Start of Holy Week

April 06, 2011

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, will bless palm branches in memory of Christ’s triumphant journey into Jerusalem this Palm Sunday, marking the start of Holy Week. The Cardinal will celebrate Mass following the blessing of the palms.

Sunday, April 17, 2011
Palm Blessing: 9:45 a.m.
Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
1725 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Palm Sunday is the first day of Holy Week, leading up to Easter and the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection. Cardinal Wuerl will bless the palms at the rear of the church before processing to the sanctuary of the Cathedral to celebrate Mass. The festive tone that accompanies the blessing of the palms will change during Mass as the Passion of Christ, which relays the story of Christ’s suffering and death, is read.

Several events are planned in the Archdiocese of Washington during Holy Week:
Sunday, April 17, 9:45 a.m.: Palm Sunday Mass
Cathedral of St. Matthew, 1725 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington, DC
Monday, April 18, 7:00 p.m.: Chrism Mass to Mark Founding of the Priesthood
Cathedral of St. Matthew, 1725 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington, DC
Wednesday, April 20, 6:30 p.m. The Light is On for Confession and Prayer
Parishes across the Archdiocese of Washington and the Diocese of Arlington
Thursday, April 21, 5:30 p.m.: Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Cathedral of St. Matthew, 1725 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington, DC
Friday, April 22, 1:00 p.m.: Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Veneration of the Cross
Cathedral of St. Matthew, 1725 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington, DC
Friday, April 22, 2:00 p.m.: Via Crucis
Starting Point: Our Lady, Queen of the Americas, 2200 California St., NW, Washington, DC
Ending Point: Cathedral of St. Matthew, 1725 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington, DC
Saturday, April 23, 8:00 p.m.: Easter Vigil Mass (starts with fire on front steps)
Cathedral of St. Matthew, 1725 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington, DC
Sunday, April 24: Easter Sunday Masses
10:00 a.m., Cathedral of St. Matthew, 1725 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington, DC
12:00 noon, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave., NE, Washington, DC

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Brie Hall
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