Holy Week at Cathedrals, and Latin Mass
All parishes celebrate Holy Week, but other special liturgies and services during Holy Week are also available to Catholics in the region. Why not travel to one or more? Here’s a roundup:
Chrism Mass (Tuesday): The oils to be used in baptisms, confirmations, and the anointing of the sick are blessed at this mass and then taken to every parish in the diocese/archdiocese. Archbishop Dennis Schnurr will celebrate at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains, 7 pm. Bishop Roger Foys will preside at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 7 pm.
The Ancient Office of Tenebrae: An ancient service introducing the Triduum, Tenebrae (Latin for “darkness”) features chants, Scripture, Passiontide choral music, and the gradual extinguishing of church lights and candles to usher in the darkness of Christ’s passion. A loud noise a the end of the service recalls the earthquake described in the gospels. The Choir of St. Peter in Chains Cathedral will sing at the Cathedral under the direction of Anthony J. DiCello, music director, 7:30 pm.
Tenebrae will be sung at other locations, including St. Bernard in Dayton, KY (8 am Thursday, Friday and Saturday), St. Ceclia in Oakley, OH (Good Friday), St. John the Evangelist in Deer Park, OH (8 pm) and more.
Holy Thursday: The Mass at which people’s feet are washed to commemorate the Last Supper, Holy Thursday Mass will be offered by Bishop Joe Binzer at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains, 5 pm; and by Bishop Roger Foys at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 7 pm.
Good Friday: The Liturgy of the Passion, at which the Cross is venerated, will be offered by Bishop Joseph Binzer at noon at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains. A Good Friday prayer service will be held at 3 pm at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption.
Pray the Steps: Praying the rosary on the steps of Holy Cross-Immaculata Church at Mt. Adams (Cincinnati) on the morning of Good Friday has been an area tradition for more than 130 years. Some begin to arrive at midnight. For information click the link.
Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil begins in darkness, with the lighting of the new fire, and ends when the light returns to mark the Resurrection of Christ. RCIA candidates are baptized and confirmed, and receive their first Eucharist at this hours-long liturgy. Archbishop Schnurr will celebrate at 8:45 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains; Bishop Roger Foys will celebrate at 8:30 pm at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption.
Easter Sunday: Fr. Barry Windholtz, pastor of the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains, will celebrate Mass at 11 am. The Cathedral Choir will sing.
Also this year, the Triduum liturgies will be celebrated in the Tridentine or “Extraordinary Form.” Una Voce Cincinnati, the sponsors, invite all to any or all three, which will be held at St. Bernard Church in Dayton, KY, and at Sacred Heart/Divine Mercy Church in Bellevue, KY. Fr. Valentine Young, OFM, will celebrate all liturgies. Here’s the schedule:
Holy Thursday — 7 pm: Sacred Heart/Divine Mercy
Good Friday — 3 pm (preceded by devotions beginning at Noon): St. Bernard
Holy Saturday –8:30 pm St. Bernard
Photo by Margaret Young, courtesy stock.xchng.