Archdiocesan Holy Week Liturgies to be livestreamed online
April 7, 2020
With the celebration of Passion (Palm) Sunday, the Church begins its annual immersion into the mysteries of Holy Week. Catholics in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston prepare to follow the Way of the Cross through the Passion, the Death and ultimately the Resurrection of the Lord. This year, Holy Week liturgies will be streamed online at www.archgh.org/live and on social media.
In Brief: Archdiocesan Holy Week Liturgies
April 7 - Chrism Mass at 10 a.m.
April 9 - Holy Thursday at 7 p.m.
April 10 - Good Friday at 3 p.m.
April 11 - Easter Vigil at 8:30 p.m.
April 12 - Easter Sunday at 11 a.m.
The Chrism Mass set for April 7, Tuesday at 10 a.m. will be presided by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway. It and the other liturgical celebrations of Holy Week will made available via livestream at www.archgh.org.
Cardinal DiNardo said, “While we are saddened by our continued inability to be present to one another in person, the prayer of the Church transcends space and time. Even as we may feel helpless or unable to act…, we are reminded that the Holy Spirit cannot be bound.”
All of the priests of the diocese usually gather for this Chrism Mass to renew their priestly promises. Cardinal DiNardo will consecrate and bless the sacred oils that all the parishes in the area use for the year in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick, and Holy Orders.
In a March 26 statement, Cardinal DiNardo noted the urgency of the Chrism Mass: “In a special way, our prayer will also be focused on the Oil of the Sick that will be used to anoint so many who are sick and suffering during this time of pandemic.”
Also at the Co-Cathedral on Holy Thursday, April 9, at 7 p.m. is the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, which celebrates the institution of the Eucharist, while Good Friday, April 10, at 3 p.m. commemorates the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ who laid down his life for our sins.
On Holy Saturday, April 11, at 8:30 p.m. is the Easter Vigil which joyfully celebrates new light coming out of the darkness as God brings about a new creation in the Resurrection of His Son Jesus Chris. Cardinal DiNardo will preside at each of these celebrations.
On Easter Sunday, April 12 at 11 a.m., Auxiliary Bishop George A. Sheltz will continue the Easter celebration by presiding at the Easter Sunday Mass.
In all this we are reminded that Christ conquers the grave so he might “make all things new.” (Rev. 21:5).