Saturday, March 31, 2007

"Holy Week liturgies scheduled at New, Old Cathedrals"

FROM THE ARTICLE Holy Week liturgies scheduled at New, Old Cathedrals, from the St. Louis Review:
Palm Sunday, April 1

Cathedral Basilica — Vigil Mass, 5 p.m. Saturday, March 31; Sunday Masses at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. (to be celebrated by Archbishop Burke), noon and 5 p.m. Old Cathedral — Vigil Mass, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31; Sunday Masses, 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon and 5 p.m.

Holy Thursday, April 5

Cathedral Basilica — Mass of the Holy Chrism, 10 a.m., to be celebrated by Archbishop Burke; Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:30 p.m., also to be celebrated by the archbishop; Tenebrae at 9 p.m.; cathedral basilica remains open until midnight for quiet prayer.

Tenebrae is an ancient service of sung psalms and scriptural readings during Holy Week that dates from medieval times. It focuses on Christ’s passion and death, ending with the hope for his resurrection that will be celebrated on Easter. In a darkened church candles are extinguished one by one until only a single candle remains lit.

Old Cathedral — Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 5:30 p.m.; basilica remains open until 10 p.m. for quiet prayer.

Good Friday, April 6

Cathedral Basilica — Morning Prayer, 9 a.m.; Solemn liturgy of Good Friday: reading of the Passion with Archbishop Burke, veneration of the Cross, distribution of Holy Communion, 3 p.m.; Stations of the Cross, 7 p.m.

Old Cathedral — Solemn liturgy of Good Friday: reading of the Passion, veneration of the Cross, distribution of Holy Communion, noon; Stations of the Cross, 3 p.m.

Holy Saturday, April 7

Cathedral Basilica — Morning Prayer, 9 a.m.; Easter Vigil, 9 p.m., to be celebrated by Archbishop Burke.

Old Cathedral — Easter Vigil, 8 p.m.

The Easter vigil cannot properly begin in any parish in the archdiocese before the end of civil twilight at 8 p.m. It must be celebrated at night.

Easter Sunday, April 8

Cathedral Basilica — Masses at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. (celebrated by Archbishop Burke) and noon.

Old Cathedral — Masses at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon.

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