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Holy Week


What is Holy Week?

As the final and culminating week of Lent, Holy Week commemorates the events of Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection. Palm Sunday begins the week as both an exuberant celebration of Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem and a solemn commemoration of his passion. Holy Thursday evening through Easter Sunday forms the nucleus of the Church’s year as these “three holy days” (Sacred Triduum) relive Christ’s Last Supper, death, and resurrection for the salvation of the world. Many Christians celebrate Holy Week with processions, fasting, and re-enactments of biblical events.


Roman Catholic Liturgies

Madonna della Strada Chapel 


April 17, Holy Thursday

Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 5:00 p.m.

No other Masses will be celebrated on this day. 


April 18, Good Friday

Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at 3:00 p.m.

No other liturgies will be celebrated on this day. 


April 19, Holy Saturday

The Great Easter Vigil at 8:00 p.m. 


April 20, Easter Sunday

Mass at 10:30 a.m.

No other Masses will be celebrated on this day.


Protestant Services

April 17, Maundy Thursday: Agape/Ecclesia have a joint service with Redeemer Anglican Church at 7:00 p.m. in Crown Center Lobby. 

April 18, Good Friday: Agape/Ecclesia have a joint service with Many People's Church, at 7:00 p.m. at the Common Cup, 1501 W. Morse. 

April 19, Easter Sunday: Sunrise Prayer Gathering at Morse Beach. For more information contact Pastor Mike Moore at: loyolapcm@gmail.com   


Guidelines for Catholics

Catholics who are fourteen years old and older must abstain from meat (e.g., beef, chicken, etc.) on Good Friday. Eggs and dairy products are permitted. In addition to abstaining from meat, Catholics who are eighteen to fifty-nine years old must fast by eating only one meatless meal. Two other small meals are permitted as long as they together do not amount to a full meal, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. Fasting and abstinence from meat are encouraged but not prescribed for Holy Saturday as well (Canons 97, 1251-1252).

Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures; he was buried; and he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures (1 Cor. 15:3-4, NAB). 


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