Live Holy Week with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington

Starting March 28, Lent ends as Catholics around the world and within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington embark on a spiritual journey through the holiest events in the history of the faith – the Holy Week.

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“Remember that you are dust and you will return to dust. Catholics heard these words on Ash Wednesday at the start of this Lenten season. The trials of the past year have certainly reminded us all of our human weakness. But this holy season invites us by repentance to the splendor of the resurrection.

Starting March 28, Lent ends as Catholics around the world and within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington embark on a spiritual journey through the holiest events in the history of the faith – the Holy Week.

During Holy Week, Christians reflect on the events that led to Jesus’ passion, his death on the cross and his resurrection.

On Palm Sunday, the Church celebrates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem before his Passion. The palms signify the branches that the crowds used to prepare the way for him, shouting: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (MT 21: 9). The palm trees used on Palm Sunday will then be burned and used as ashes for the next year Ash Wednesday.

At Chrism Mass on March 29, Cardinal Gregory will bless the holy oils and chrism used in the sacramental life of the Church during the coming year.

The Holy Thursday the liturgy celebrates the Last Supper – the Passover meal that Jesus celebrated with his apostles before his death – and commemorates the institution of the priesthood and the Eucharist.

Good Friday commemorates the death of Jesus on the cross and is a solemn day of fasting, abstinence from meat and penance.

Easter Sunday, this year April 4, is the celebration of the hope and glory of Christian life, when Christians around the world observe the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

Cardinal Wilton Gregory, Archbishop of Washington, and priests from across the Archdiocese will celebrate and participate in masses and liturgies throughout these days. Cardinal Gregory’s live masses are available on the Archdiocese Youtube and Facebook pages.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington invites you to participate in each of these unique liturgies to experience God’s mercy and his refreshing healing this year. Catholic churches in the Archdiocese are also safely open with COVID-19 precautions for private prayer, masses and confessions. Learn more about thelightison.org/.

To find out more and participate in the Holy Week liturgies, visit adw.org/media-events/events/semaine-sainte/.


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