Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday
April 9, 2017 – April 16, 2017
PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD – April 9th
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the principal celebrant and homilist. Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the Proclamation of the Passion. It marks the beginning of Holy Week. Other Masses on Palm Sunday are: 5:15 p.m. (Anticipated Mass on Saturday, April 8th); 8:00 a.m.; 9:30 a.m.; 11:00 a.m. (Procession and Solemn Mass); and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). (no mult-box feed available)
HOLY THURSDAY CHRISM MASS – April 13th
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the principal celebrant and homilist. All Archdiocesan priests are invited to concelebrate with the Archbishop and to renew their priestly promises.
During this Mass, Archbishop Chaput will bless the Oil of Catechumens as well as the Oil of the Sick and consecrate the Oil of Chrism. These holy oils will be used at parishes throughout the Archdiocese during the coming year in the celebration of the Sacraments. (mult-box feed available)
The Chrism Mass will be streamed live at www.archphila.org as well as on Archbishop Chaput’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ArchbishopChaput. Additionally, the Mass will be broadcast live on The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM, Domestic Church Media, as well as Holy Spirit Radio 1420 AM and 1570 AM.
HOLY THURSDAY MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER – April 13th
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the principal celebrant. Reverend Thomas A. Viviano, Secretary to the Archbishop, will preach. This Mass commemorates the Last Supper, during which Christ instituted the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, the Sacrament of Holy Orders, and gave us His commandment to love one another. After the homily, following the example of Christ who washed the feet of the Apostles at the Last Supper, the Archbishop will wash the feet of 12 seminarians from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament will continue until 11:00 p.m. (mult-box feed available)
GOOD FRIDAY PASSION OF THE LORD – April 14th
The Most Reverend John J. McIntyre, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will preside and preach at the Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, commemorating the Holy Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. There will be three hours of meditation on the Passion of Christ in the Cathedral from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., during which Confessions will be heard. (no mult-box feed available)
EASTER VIGIL MASS – April 15th
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the principal celebrant and homilist at the Easter Vigil Mass celebrating the Resurrection of the Lord. The Easter Vigil contains four components: Service of Light (Blessing of the Fire and Lighting of the Paschal Candle), Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of Baptism, and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
After a reflective and intense period of prayer during Lent, Catechumens (unbaptized candidates) and Candidates (those who have been baptized in other faiths or baptized a Roman Catholic) will become full members of the Catholic Church at the Cathedral and other parishes throughout the Archdiocese at the Easter Vigil and during Easter Time. In 2017, close to 500 new Catholics will be welcomed into the Church over Eatser. (no mult-box feed available)
EASTER SUNDAY MASS – April 16th
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the celebrant and homilist at the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord. Other Masses on Easter Sunday are: 8:00 a.m.; 9:30 a.m.; 11:00 a.m. (Solemn Mass); and 2:00 p.m. (Spanish Mass in Cathedral Chapel.) There will not be a 6:30 p.m. Mass. (no mult-box feed available)
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Editor’s Note: A press audio/video mult-box clean feed will be provided for the Chrism Mass and the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday, April 13, 2017 with multiple HD-SDI video (BNC) and mic/line (XLR) connections. Crews will need a live truck or recording device. Broadcast Media outlets will have parking space in the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center parking lot. The parking lot entrance is located on 17th Street.
For masses that have a mult-box feed, reporters and still photographers will be permitted in the Cathedral but are asked to remain in the designated area for the media (by the side pillars). All media are asked to remain clear of the front aisle and center aisle at all times.
For Masses that do not have a mult-box feed, video and still cameras are permitted in the Cathedral, but are asked to remain in the designated area for media (by the side pillars) and to remain clear of the front aisle and center aisle at all times.
Contact: Kenneth A. Gavin
Director of Communications