Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday 11am | Holy Thursday 7:30pm | Good Friday 3pm | Easter Vigil 8pm | Easter Sunday 11am | Eastern Daylight Time

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General suggestions for participating in a live stream Mass: tune in early. Make sure your volume is up. Dress up as you would as if you were attending Mass in public. Refrain from commenting during the Mass if you are on facebook to preserve its sanctity (or you can hide facebook comments. Click here to learn more). Also consider silencing your cell phone and minimizing distractions. And participate fully by standing/kneeling/sitting and responding as you would at Church.

When viewing our Holy Week liturgies on our Facebook page, please note that you can expand the live stream to full view.

(The number of viewers is the number of people you’ve tuned in with and not a reflection of the entire congregation.)

Please accept our booklet of Meditations for Holy Week from the writings of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Click here to download the PDF.

Sunday, April 5th | Mass – 11am

Today we remember how Christ’s regal and triumphant entrance into Jerusalem is connected to the Passion. This is also the beginning of what is known as “Holy Week” – the week where the entire world remembers Christ’s saving Passion and Resurrection.

Ways To Enrich Your Participation From Home

Before Mass:

-Consider creating a small place in your home to pray (if you don’t have one already). No room? Consider making the place you watch mass special just for an hour by lighting candles, having a crucifix or other religious image nearby.

-Decorate your prayer space with plants if you have them.

-Parents & Children: make paper palms to hold up during the beginning of Mass

-Print or download a copy of the program ahead of time to follow along as say your part – particularly during the reading of the Passion.  

After Mass:

-Put a crucifix in a prominent place in your home so that you can meditate on Christ’s saving Passion all week

Note: There is no 9am Mass this day.

 Thursday, April 9th | Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7:30pm

This is the day we commemorate Christ’s institution of the Eucharist, the institution of the priesthood, and the command of brotherly love. Consider doing some of the following ideas so as to actively meditate on these throughout the day.

Ways To Enrich Your Participation From Home

Day of:

-Write a letter to your parish priest(s) thanking them for their ministry.

-Find an online live-stream of adoration and spend some time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament

-Do something kind for someone you know. It could be something as simple as checking in on a neighbor or being more patient with a family member.  

-Donate to your local food bank or aid center.

Before Mass:

-Print or download a copy of the program ahead of time to follow along.

During Mass:

-Ring bells during the “Gloria to God”

-Pray the prayer for Spiritual Communion

After Mass:

-Stick around after Mass to pray before the Seton Shrine’s livestream of the tabernacle until 9pm.

-Consider praying Night Prayer after Mass (see here) maybe even while the Shrine is streaming adoration of the tabernacle after mass.

Note: There is no 9am Mass this day.

Friday, April 10th | Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion – 3pm

On this day, when “Christ our Passover was Sacrificed” (1 Cor. 5:7) the Church meditates on the Passion of her Lord and Spouse; venerates the Cross, commemorates her origin from the side of Christ on the Cross, and intercedes for the Salvation of the whole world. Consider doing some of the following ideas so as to actively meditate on these throughout the day.

Ways To Enrich Your Participation From Home

Day of:

-Pray the Stations of the Cross using our video of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s own stations. (See left column).

-Pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.

-Fast if you are able. Abstain from meat. Prayerfully unite your hunger to Christ’s suffering.

-Spend some time in silent prayer in front of a crucifix in your home. There is a tradition to maintain silence on this day from 12:00pm – 3:00pm. Try to fast from TV, music, un-necessary talking during this time.

-Gather as a family in front of a crucifix and each say “Thank You” to Christ for suffering and saving all of humanity through His Passion. Thank Him for all the gifts he has given you throughout your life.

-Write down your intentions and concerns on paper and place them at the foot of the cross. On Easter replace them with things you’re grateful for.  

Before Mass:

-Print or download a copy of the program ahead of time to follow along.

During Mass:

-While the priests lay prostrate before the altar, take time to pray for the priests in your life.

-Follow along and proclaim your parts of the Passion Reading

-Venerate your cross when that part of the liturgy comes.

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Saturday, April 11th | Easter Vigil – 8pm

On Holy Saturday the Church is as it were at the Lord’s tomb, meditating on his passion and death and his descent into hell, awaiting his resurrection with prayer and fasting. After sunset, we celebrate with great joy the night when the Lord rose from the dead.

Ways To Enrich Your Participation From Home

Day of:

-Pray Morning Prayer in the morning. (See here)

-Consider fasting during the day as you are able to.

-Parents & Children: Talk to your children about the night when Jesus rose from the dead. Spend time together creatively meditating on the Resurrection by drawing pictures or putting on skits of what it was like when Christ rose from the dead.

-Spend time meditating on the Old Testament. Think about how Christ’s triumph over sin and death changed the world.

-Dye Easter eggs. (Read more about that tradition here.)

-Clean your house as if Christ were coming into your home tomorrow. Make a pile of things to donate to those who are in need.

-Decorate your home prayer area. Don’t have flowers or decorations? Make them out of paper or other craft supplies.

-Find the candle given to you at your Baptism and hold it when you renew your baptismal promises while watching the Easter Vigil Mass.

Before Mass:

-Print or download a copy of the program ahead of time to follow along.

During Mass:

-Start mass with all the lights off in your house. Don’t turn them on until you sing the “Glory to God”

-Ring bells during the “Gloria to God”

-Make your own Paschal Candle and light that at the beginning of mass.

-Find the candle given to you at your Baptism (or another candle) and hold it when you renew your baptismal promises while watching the Easter Vigil Mass.

-Sprinkle yourself with Holy Water after you renew your baptismal promises.

After Mass:

-Celebrate after mass with a small late-night party! Consider preparing food or music during the day so when the Vigil is over you are ready to celebrate!

Sunday, April 12th | Easter Sunday Mass – 11am

Easter Sunday is the great feast where we celebrate the fact that Christ, through his Passion and Resurrection, has conquered sin and death and has saved us for all eternity. While you may not be able to celebrate how you have in years’ past, it is still a day for celebration! Consider celebrating in the following ways.

Ways To Enrich Your Participation From Home

Day of:

-Consider waking up early to pray quietly remembering the morning of the Resurrection. Read a Gospel passage that tells the story. Imagine yourself in the story. What does it look like? What kind of morning is it? Where are you in the story? Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your prayer.

-Spend the day in celebration! Make decorations for your home – especially for your prayer area!  

-Dye Easter Eggs (if you haven’t already) and read about the tradition here.

-Consider sharing some of your Easter food with neighbors, particularly those who might not be able to cook or celebrate otherwise.

-Spend time with loved ones over the phone or via video-streaming. Tell them how happy you are that they are in your life.

-Listen to Christian or uplifting music throughout the day.