Bishop's Holy Week schedule announced
HARRISBURG - The Diocese of Harrisburg has announced Bishop Ronald Gainer's schedule of activities for Holy Week.
Sunday - The World Youth Day Palm Sunday celebration in Harrisburg, including pre-liturgy music at the Capitol steps, 2:15 p.m.; blessing of palms and first gospel reading there, 3 p.m., procession to St. Patrick Cathedral to continue celebration of the Eucharist, 3:15 p.m., and procession to Strawberry Square for meal and concert, 5 p.m.
Monday - Chrism Mass, St. Patrick Cathedral, 5:30 p.m. The bishop will bless the holy oils used in sacraments and sacramentals. The oil is distributed to all parishes for various special uses in blessings and anointings during the year. The three types of oil are the Oil of Catechumens, the Oil of the Sick and the Sacred Chrism. Also at the Mass, priests of the diocese formally renew their commitment to priestly service.
Tuesday - National Merit scholars luncheon, noon, Cardinal Keeler Center. Students will be present from diocesan Catholic high schools.
Thursday, April 17 - Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper, 7 p.m., St. Patrick's Cathedral. The Mass celebrates the institution of the Holy Eucharist and the institution of the priesthood. The celebration includes washing the feet of chosen men which, according to tradition, represents the service and charity of Christ. The bishop will wash the feet of 12 seminarians of the diocese.
Friday, April 18 - Good Friday confessions, 12:30 p.m., St. Patrick Cathedral, followed by Celebration of the Lord's Passion, 3 p.m. The service includes the reading of the Passion of Christ, according to St. John. Those assembled offer special prayers for the whole world and venerate a large crucifix.
Saturday, April 19 - Easter Vigil Mass, 8 p.m., St. Patrick Cathedral, to include creation of a blazing fire to remind all of Christ's conquest over death and darkness, blessing of the water and baptism, confirmation and Holy Communion of new adult Catholics.
Sunday, April 20 - Easter Sunday Mass, 9:30 a.m., St. Patrick Cathedral.