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March 30, 2004

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER LITURGIES
Palm Sunday April 4 -- Easter Sunday April 11

PALM SUNDAY - April 4, 2004 - 10:45 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

In celebration of the Lord's entrance into Jerusalem, Cardinal Justin Rigali will bless the palms to be distributed to the faithful. Following the blessing of the palms, the Cardinal will be the celebrant and homilist at the Mass of Passion (Palm) Sunday.

HOLY THURSDAY CHRISM MASS -April 8, 2004 - 9:40 a.m. Procession - 10:00 a.m. Mass
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cardinal Justin Rigali will be the main celebrant and homilist at the Holy Thursday Chrism Mass, which commemorates the day on which the priesthood was established. During the Mass, Cardinal Rigali will bless the three oils used in the Sacraments: the Oil of Catechumens, used in Baptism; the Oil of the Sick, used in anointing of the sick; and Sacred Chrism, used in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders.

HOLY THURSDAY MASS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER - April 8, 2004 - 5:00 P.M.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cardinal Justin Rigali will be the main celebrant and homilist. This mass commemorates the Last Supper, during which Christ instituted the sacrament of Holy Eucharist. After the homily, following the example of Christ who washed the feet of the apostles at the Last Supper, the Cardinal will wash the feet of twelve seminarians from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

GOOD FRIDAY - April 9, 2004 - 3:00 P.M.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cardinal Justin Rigali is the celebrant and homilist at the Solemn Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Christ.

HOLY SATURDAY - April 10, 2004 - 8:00 P.M.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cardinal Justin Rigali is the celebrant and homilist at the Easter Vigil Mass. The special ceremonies that take place during this Mass are all related to the Resurrection. The ceremonies include: the Blessing of the Fire, the lighting of the Paschal Candle, the Blessing of the Easter Water, the Baptism of Adults and Reception of Candidates into Full Communion with the Catholic Church

EASTER SUNDAY - April 11, 2004 - 11:00 A.M.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cardinal Justin Rigali is the celebrant and homilist at the Easter Sunday Mass. Other Masses in the Cathedral on Easter Sunday are: 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

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