Archbishop Allen Vigneron of the Archdiocese of Detroit offers blessings during Ash Wednesday service at St. Aloysius Church in downtown Detroit on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. (Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)





  Archbishop Vigneron to celebrate Holy Week liturgies at Detroit Cathedral

Faithful invited to supplement local worship with Masses broadcast from the Vatican, other local Holy Week observances

Archbishop of Detroit Allen H. Vigneron will celebrate the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter at Detroit's Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, at 9844 Woodward Avenue, between Chicago Boulevard and the Davison Freeway. The public is invited to participate.

Numerous Holy Week observances also are planned at parishes across the archdiocese. Please see below for the schedule of Cathedral liturgies and a partial list of parish Holy Week events.

In addition, faithful from throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit are invited to supplement their local worship with special Masses and services celebrated by Pope Francis, broadcast from the Vatican on the Catholic Television Network of Detroit (CTND-TV). Detroit Catholic also will be covering various Easter Triduum events and traditions throughout the Metro Detroit region.

Holy Week and Easter at the Cathedral

11 a.m. Palm Sunday, April 14: Archbishop Vigneron will celebrate the Palm Sunday liturgy, recalling Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem and the beginning of Holy Week. He will bless palm branches directly prior to the liturgy.

11 a.m. Holy Thursday, April 18: Archbishop Vigneron will celebrate the Chrism Mass. At this Mass, the Archbishop will consecrate holy oils to be distributed to parishes for the celebration of sacraments: the Chrism, which is used at baptisms, confirmations and ordinations; the Oil of Catechumens, which is used at baptisms; and the Oil of the Sick, which is used during the Anointing of the Sick. Also during this Mass, the priests of the Archdiocese of Detroit will publicly renew their commitment to priestly service. Please note: Because the Chrism Mass is attended by representatives from each parish, public seating is extremely limited; however, the Chrism Mass will be livestreamed on the archdiocese's Facebook page and on the Catholic Television Network of Detroit (CTND-TV).

7 p.m. Holy Thursday, April 18: Archbishop Vigneron will celebrate the Mass of the Lord's Supper, commemorating Jesus Christ’s institution of the Holy Eucharist. During this Mass, the Archbishop also will wash the feet of 12 parishioners, symbolizing Christ washing the feet of His twelve disciples. Following Mass, the faithful will join in Night Prayer until approximately 10 p.m., keeping vigil on the night of Christ's betrayal.

1 p.m. Good Friday, April 19: Archbishop Vigneron will begin the celebration of the Lord's Passion. This service will include prayers, veneration of the cross, Holy Communion and the Scriptural proclamation of Christ's Passion. Stations of the Cross will precede Mass, beginning at 12 p.m.

9 p.m. Holy Saturday, April 20: Archbishop Vigneron will preside at the Easter Vigil. This Mass includes the Blessing of the Fire, a ceremony in which the paschal candle is lit from a small fire outside the church. Also, those who have completed their preparation will be baptized and/or received into full communion with the Church through Confirmation and first Holy Eucharist.

11 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 21: Archbishop Vigneron will be the celebrant and homilist at Mass. This liturgy celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead. During this Mass, the Archbishop will bestow the apostolic blessing, giving an opportunity for a plenary indulgence for those who attend.

Additional Holy Week and Easter observances

1:30 p.m. Good Friday, April 19: “Via Crucis,” or live Stations of the Cross. Parishioners will pray and walk through southwest Detroit in commemoration of Christ’s walk to Calvary. This moving “Way of the Cross” begins at Ste. Anne Parish in Detroit (1000 Ste. Anne Street) and weaves its way through the neighborhood before returning to the parish.

2 p.m. Holy Saturday, April 20: Traditional Polish Blessing of the Easter Food Baskets at Sweetest Heart of Mary Church, 4440 Russell Street in Detroit. During this festive occasion, the faithful fill decorated baskets with food for Easter dinner and carry them to the altar to be blessed. Sweetest Heart of Mary is part of Mother of Divine Mercy Parish.

8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 21: Masses of the Resurrection with choir and orchestra at Old St Mary Parish, 646 Monroe Street in Detroit’s Greektown neighborhood. Parishioners from all age groups, walks of life and communities come together to celebrate Easter Mass at this historic downtown church.





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