Holy Week Liturgies at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
April 14 - April 21
Holy Week and Easter liturgies at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday
April 14, 2019 – April 21, 2019
(CLEVELAND, OH) – Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, April 14, and concludes on Easter Sunday, April 21. The summit of the liturgical year in the Catholic Church is the Easter triduum, which runs from the evening of Holy Thursday (April 18) to the evening of Easter Sunday.
The liturgical celebrations will take place at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 1007 Superior Ave., in downtown Cleveland.
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord – 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 14 Most Rev. Nelson J. Perez, D.D., bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, celebrant and homilist
Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the proclamation of the Passion, and marks the beginning of Holy Week.
Chrism Mass – 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 Most Rev. Nelson J. Perez, D.D., bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, celebrant and homilist
All diocesan priests, as well as priests of religious communities serving in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, are gathered to concelebrate with the bishop and to renew their priestly promises.
During this Mass, Bishop Perez will bless the oil of the catechumens and the oil of the sick as well as consecrate the oil of the sacred chrism. These holy oils will be used throughout the diocese during the coming year in the celebration of the sacraments. (Streamed live at dioceseofcleveland.org)
Thursday of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday) – 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18 Most Rev. Nelson J. Perez, D.D., bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, celebrant and homilist
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, Bishop Perez will wash the feet of several individuals.
Good Friday Procession –Noon, Friday, April 19 – Sagrada Familia Parish, 7719 Detroit Ave., Cleveland
Most Rev. Nelson J. Perez, D.D., takes part in the procession to from Sagrada Familia Church to St. Colman Church, 2027 W. 65 St., Cleveland.
Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday) – 3 p.m. Friday, April 19
Most Rev. Nelson J. Perez, D.D., celebrant and homilist
The solemn liturgy of the Lord’s Passion commemorates the holy Passion and death of Jesus Christ. The traditional adoration of the cross will take place during the liturgy.
The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night – 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20
Most Rev. Nelson J. Perez, D.D., bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, celebrant and homilist
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, the elect (those who have not been baptized) and candidates (those who will make a profession of faith in the Catholic Church and receive the sacraments of confirmation and Eucharist) will become full members of the Catholic Church. These sacraments of initiation are celebrated at parishes throughout the diocese on this night.
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord – Sunday, April 21 – Mass will be celebrated at 8 and 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
On this day of days, we offer holy Mass as a joyful sacrifice of praise to the Father who raised his Son from the dead.