A 1943 parish Holy Week schedule

A reader sent this interesting bit.

While browsing through my parish’s historical archives (i.e., the closet for all the stuff that no one knows what to do with,) I came across a copy of the parish’s Holy Week schedule from 1943.  I thought it might prompt some interesting discussion among your readers.

This parish is located in the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio.  The bishop mentioned in the document is Karl Joseph Alter, who was Bishop of Toledo from 1931 until 1950, when he was appointed Archbishop of Cincinnati.

Thank you for your blog and all that you do.  I hope you have a joyful Easter!

This thoughtful reader also provided a transcript of the text in the image!  This made it possible for me to post this.  Good work!


Holy Week — 1943

Wednesday — 7:30-8:30 P.M. Confessions heard

Holy Thursday:
8:00 A.M. — High Mass & Procession in honor of the Blessed Sacrament
All day — Adoration (see list below)
7:30 P.M. Holy Hour — Confessions

Good Friday:
8:00 A.M. Mass of the Pre-Sanctified and Veneration of the Cross
12:00 M. Tre Ore (Privately)
2:00 PM. Sermon & Way of the Cross
3:15-5:00 Confessions
7:30 P.M. Public prayers-Sermon-Confessions

Holy Saturday:
7:30-A.M. Blessing of New Fire, Font, Easter Candle etc.
8:50 A.M. High Mass & Holy Communion
12:00 M. Lenten Season ends
3:00 Confessions heard until 5:00
7:30 Confessions heard until 9:00

Easter Sunday:
6:30 Holy Communion (Private)
7:30 High Mass of Easter
10:00 Low Mass of Easter

Despite the turmoil of the world, let us try, humbly, to have the peace of the Risen Saviour in our hearts. Will you be sure to receive on Easter?  Pax Vobiscum.

An envelope for your Easter gift is enclosed. Our Christmas collection was wonderful – I know that you will do well for Easter, also.

Note: If you wish to donate a bond at Easter, have it made out in the name of Bishop Alter, as no individual parish is incorporated.  You will be credited for the bond’s maturity value.

Hours of Adoration for Thursday
 9-10: Family name A B
10-11:    "     "  C D E
11-12:    "     "  F G H
 12-1:    "     "  I J K
  1-2:    "     "  L M N
  2-3:    "     "  O P R
  3-4:    "     "    S
  4-5:    "     "  T U V
  5-6:    "     "  W X Y

What does your parish schedule look like?

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  1. jacobus says:

    Wow, they sure made it easy to make it to Confession.

  2. Matt says:

    So is it true that we can break fast at noon on Saturday?? I had thought that Lent ended at Easter Vigil Mass.

  3. sacerdosinaeternum says:

    I must say that I’m grateful for the reforms in terms of the times. The Holy Mass in the evening on Holy Thursday and for the Paschal Vigil make much more sense, as does the Service of the Lord’s Passion in the afternoon on Good Friday. Of course, when one had fasted since midnight, it was necessary to begin early! If only the parishes today had those times for confessions. Ours does!

  4. Mark S says:

    Looking at the schedule raises an interesting question I’m hoping somebody could clarify. A few years ago, just before the Easter Vigil service, somebody sitting near me in my Church complained, “We didn’t used to have all this fuss years ago on Holy Saturday, you just came into church, the Paschal Candle wwas already lit, and you had just the Mass of the Easter Vigil.”

    The schedule Father has posted (and this comment I heard a few years ago)has given me the impression that in the past, in the Easter Vigil (certainly in the very long pre-1950’s form), the pre-Mass ceremonies such as the blessing of the fire, candle, Prophecies and blessing of the font were separated from Mass. They were celebrated, but two separate times were given, so that people who didn’t want to sit through the full ceremonies could attend Mass only. Was this the case? If so, it would give the impression, for those coming to the Mass only, that the Mass was the only function, especially if the preceding ceremonies had finished early and the sanctuary was empty when they arrived.

    Can anybody clarify please?

  5. ED says:

    Why look at 1943, in 2009 the FSSP parish in Sacramento does all those ceremonies listed today, please anybody nearby come.

  6. JohnMa says:

    St. Mary Mother of God in DC

    Holy Thursday: 7:30 p.m. (Low EF)

    Good Friday: 12:05 p.m. (NO in English)

    Holy Saturday: 7:30 p.m. (NO in Chinese)

    Easter Sunday: 9:00 a.m. (Low EF)
    10:30 a.m. (NO in English)
    11:30 a.m. (NO in Chinese)
    1:00 p.m. (NO in English)

  7. Confessions? Interesting. We are not supposed to go to Confession during Holy Week, though some priests allow it (but discourage it). My priest is a hard-liner, though. No Confessions heard during Holy Week at all.

  8. RosieC says:

    Wow! I wonder what would happen if the parishes around here started assigning adoration times based upon the initial of the last names.

  9. Liz F. says:

    My dad always said lent ends on Holy Saturday at 12 noon. My traditionalist friends argue with this. Do you know the answer Father and why it does or doesn’t?

  10. Mitch_WA says:

    Holy Thursday
    Mass 7 pm (Adoration (until midnight) and Confession following)

    Good Friday
    Service 7pm (Confessions afterwards, Divine Mercy Novena begins)

    Holy Saturday
    Confession 4pm
    Vigil Mass 8pm

    (One Parish in my town is doing a Sung Divine Mercy Novena at their parish, and other parishes are encouraging doing the novena at home or attending that one)

  11. Mark S says:

    Liz F: I think they used to say that Lent ended at midday when the Easter Vigil was celebrated on Holy Saturday morning – my mother remembers being told the same thing. I think (but I don’t know for sure, so don’t all shout at me if I’m wrong!) this changed either: i) when the Easter Vigil was put back onto Holy Saturday night, or ii) when Holy Thursday to Holy Saturday became known as the Holy Triduum and some people thought of those days as a separate entity from Lent. Hope this helps (and isn’t wrong…)

  12. Brian Mershon says:

    WOW! Confessions and Mass times convenient for big families! What a concept…

    What is the rationale for “no confessions” during Holy Week? Why?

    Catholics are required under pain of mortal sin to confess and receive Holy Communion during Easter. Why would confessions not be made as convenient as possible if souls are at stake?

  13. Josiah Ross says:

    Our Lady of Lourdes, Philadelphia:

    Holy Thursday, April 9th
    Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper: 7:30pm
    Adoration in Church until Midnight

    Good Friday, April 10th
    Church will open at 8am
    Tenebrae: 9am
    Confessions: 12pm – 2:30pm
    Solemn Liturgy of the Passion: 3pm
    Outdoor Stations of the Cross at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary: 7pm

    Holy Saturday, April 11th
    Tenebrae: 9am
    Blessing of Easter Baskets: 3pm
    Confessions: 2pm – 4pm
    Solemn Vigil mass of Easter : 8:15pm

    Easter Sunday, April 12th
    7:30am (Tridentine Mass),
    9am, 10:30am (solemn sung latin)
    & 12:15pm

    I that there was a clarification that the prohibition of sacraments during the triduum didn’t include Confession or Extreme Unction.

  14. Dr. Eric says:

    Holy Thursday Mass: 7:00 pm
    Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: 8:00pm-12:00am
    Good Friday Stations of the Cross: 12:00 noon
    Good Friday Passion Service: 7:00 pm
    Holy Saturday Mass: 8:00 pm
    Easter Sunday: Masses at 7:00, 9:00, and 11:00 am.

    Confessions will be heard:

    Sunday April 5 at St. Charles Borromeo from 3:00 pm-3:45 pm; at Immaculate Conception from 6:00 pm until all are heard; St. Barbara from 6:00 pm until all are heard.
    Monday April 6 at St Mary from 7:00 pm until all are heard and at St. Liborius from 7:00 pm until all are heard.
    Tuesday April 7 at St. Anthony from 7:30 pm until all are heard.

    Strangely, we are not having a special confession time during Holy Week at my parish. These are all in surrounding towns.

  15. Rob in Maine says:

    We have 2 Parishes in our “cluster”; St Pius X and St Patricks (my parish).

    April 9, 2009 NO 9AM Masses
    6:00 PM Service @ St. Pius X
    The Service will be followed by a simple meal in the
    Parish Hall to which all parishioners are invited.

    April 10, 2009 NO 9AM Masses
    3:00 PM Service @ St. Pius X
    7:00 PM Service @ St. Patrick’s
    3:00 PM Stations of the Cross @ St. Patrick’s
    7:00 PM Stations of the Cross @ St. Pius X

    April 11, 2009 NO 4PM OR 4:30PM SERVICES
    Sacrament of Reconciliation
    St. Patrick’s – 2:30PM – 3PM
    St. Pius X – 3:30PM – 4PM
    (usual times)

    8:00 PM St. Patrick’s
    April 12, 2009

    St. Pius X @ 7:00AM & 9:00AM
    St. Patrick’s @ 8AM & 10:30AM

  16. Matt says:

    Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper,
    5:10 p.m., April 9

    Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will follow the liturgy. At least one person from each family is asked to spend a half hour in adoration at the indicated times according to the first letter of the last name:
    6:30-7:00, A,B,C,D
    7:00-7:30 E,F,G,H
    7:30-8:00, I,J,K,L
    8:00-8:30, M,N,O,P
    8:30-9:00, Q,R,S
    9:00-9:30, T,U,V
    9:30-10:00, W,X,Y,Z
    10:00 p.m, Holy Thursday Night Prayer.

  17. To my knowledge there is absolutely no prohibition or discouragement of confessions during Holy Week. ’tis just liturgist non-sense.

  18. Fr. Thomas says:

    Our Lady’s Church

    Wednesday, April 8th (Spy Wednesday)
    Mass 8:00 am
    Confessions 7:00-9:00 pm

    Holy Thursday, April 9th
    Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:00 pm
    Visitation with the Blessed Sacrament until

    Good Friday, April 10th
    Stations of the Cross 3:00 pm
    Confessions 3:30-5:00 pm
    Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 7:00 pm

    Holy Saturday, April 11th
    Confessions 10:00 am to Noon (Visiting Priest)
    Easter Vigil 8:00 pm

    Easter Sunday, April 12th
    Mass in the Extraodinary Form (Low Mass)7:00 am
    Mass in the Ordinary Form
    8:30 and 11:00 am

  19. chris p says:

    Monday & Tuesday
    6:45 am, 8 am and 7pm

    8 am and 7 pm
    Confession 8 pm

    Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper
    7 pm

    Good Friday
    Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
    1:30 pm and 7:00 pm

    Holy Saturday
    Easter Vigil Mass 7:00 pm

  20. Ken says:

    JohnMa, you have two errors above — both the TLM for Holy Thursday and the TLM for Easter Sunday are High Masses at Saint Mary’s in Washington, D.C.

  21. Daniel says:

    Old St. Patrick Oratory (ICRSS) – Kansas City, MO

    Spy Wednesday, 8 April
    12:00-1:00 PM: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions
    5:30-6:00 PM: Confessions
    6:00 PM: Low Mass

    Holy Thursday, 9 April
    6:00-6:45 PM: Confessions
    7:00 PM: High Mass of the Lord’s Supper; Procession; Adoration until Midnight

    Good Friday, 10 April
    12:00 PM: Stations of the Cross
    5:30-6:15 PM: Confessions
    6:30 PM: Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

    Holy Saturday, 11 April
    7:30-8:15 PM: Confessions
    8:30 PM: Easter Vigil

    Easter Sunday, 12 April
    8:00 AM: Low Mass
    10:15 AM: High Mass

  22. M. Parrot says:

    St. Francis de Sale, GA

    Maundy Thursday:
    Confessions 6:30 pm-7:45 pm;
    Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper 8 pm

    Good Friday: Confessions 12:30 pm -2 pm;
    Good Friday Liturgy 3 pm;
    Stations of the Cross 7 pm

    Holy Saturday:
    Confessions 1 pm-2 pm and 8 pm -9 pm;
    Vigil and Easter Mass 10:30 pm

    Easter Sunday:
    Low Mass 9 am and High Mass 11:30 am

  23. LCB says:

    Historical note:

    The bond being referenced was probably a War Bond, which most every American owned and sunk most their savings and much of their wages into during the War.

  24. little gal says:

    St. Mary of the Angels-Lent

    Stations of the Cross:
    At 2:15 pm every Friday afternoon in English with the
    school children;
    At 7:15 every Friday night in English, Polish & Spanish.
    Gorzkie ?ale: (Lenten prayer in Polish) Every Sunday during the 9:30 am Mass.

    Holy Week:
    Sunday, April 5 (Palm Sunday)
    Masses at: 8:00 am (English), 9:30 am (Polish)
    11:00 am (English), 12:30 pm (Spanish
    7:15 pm (English)
    Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday of Holy Week, April 6, 7 & 8
    Masses at: 7:00 am (English), 5:30 pm (English)
    Holy Thursday, April 9
    Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 7:15 pm
    Adoration of the Holy Eucharist: After Mass until 12:00 midnight
    Good Friday, April 10
    Church opens at 8:00 am for private prayer and adoration
    Solemn Liturgy of The Lord’s Passion: 3:00 pm
    Stations of the Cross, 5:00 pm
    Holy Saturday, April 11
    Church opens at 8:00 am
    Blessing of food from 2:00 – 3:00 pm
    Easter Vigil: 7:30 pm

    Holy Week Confession Schedule
    Saturday, April 4
    10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Spowied? po polsku: 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
    Tuesday of Holy Week April 7
    9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
    Wednesday of Holy Week April 8
    4:30 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.
    Holy Thursday, April 9
    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    Good Friday, April 10
    12:00 Noon to 3:00 p.m.
    4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Holy Saturday, April 11
    10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Confessions are also heard regularly
    20 minutes before each Mass

    Easter Sunday, April 12, The Resurrection of the Lord
    6:00 am Resurrection Procession and Mass (Polish)
    8:00 am (English), 9:30 am (Polish)
    11:00 am (English), 12:30 pm (Spanish)

  25. Romulus says:

    At St. Patrick’s in New Orleans:

    Holy Thursday, 7.30 pm: Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Procession to the Altar of Repose. Novus Ordo. No footwashing. A full and solemn procession with the Blessed Sacrament: 2 thurifers, canopy, torches and lanterns, etc. The church will be open till midnight for the faithful to keep watch at the altar of repose.

    Good Friday: church opens at 7.30 am for visitation. Stations of the Cross at noon. Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion (Novus Ordo) at 3.00 — reading of the Lord’s Passion, veneration of the Cross, Holy Communion (the Blessed Sacrament to be brought from the altar of reservation accompanied by crucifer, acolytes, ombrellino, etc). A sacred cantata will be performed in the church the evening of Good Friday.

    Holy Saturday, 8.00 pm: Solemn Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter (Novus Ordo). Easter candle and associated rites, including baptism of catechumens and reception of baptised candidates into full communion.

    Easter Sunday: Low Mass (Novus Ordo) at 8.00. Solemn High Mass with deacon and subdeacon (Extraordinary Form) at 9.00. Solemn Mass in the Ordinary Form at 11.00.

    All Easter Masses to be celebrated ad orientem. All Masses to be preceded by confession.

    For the record, I’ll be breaking my Lenten fast the afternoon of Holy Saturday, before the Vigil.

  26. ken says:

    My pastor also does not allow confessions after Wdnesday; maybe rightwingprof knows the reason.

    In the past the fast was broken after the vigil Mass; hence basket blessing following vigil.

  27. cuaguy says:

    The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC

    Spy Wednesday:
    Extended Confession Hours
    10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    Holy Thursday:
    Extended Confessions
    10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    Choral Prelude to Holy Thursday Mass
    5:30 p.m. Choral Prelude

    Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper
    6:00 p.m. Mass Upper Church
    Archbishop Pietro Sambi
    Apostolic Nuncio to the United States
    Celebrant & Homilist
    Broadcast Live on EWTN

    Good Friday:
    Extended Confessions
    10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion
    3:00 p.m. Celebration of the Passion
    Reverend Monsignor Walter R. Rossi
    Rector of the Basilica
    Celebrant & Homilist

    Archbishop Pietro Sambi
    Apostolic Nuncio to the United States

    Holy Saturday:
    Extended Confessions
    10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    8:00 p.m. Mass Upper Church
    Archbishop Pietro Sambi
    Apostolic Nuncio to the United States
    Celebrant & Homilist
    Broadcast Live on EWTN

    Easter Sunday:
    7:30 a.m. Mass Crypt Church
    9:00 a.m. Mass Upper Church
    10:30 a.m. Mass Upper Church

    12:00 noon Solemn Mass of Easter Upper Church
    Most Reverend Donald W. Wuerl
    Archbishop of Washington
    Celebrant & Homilist

    2:30 p.m. Spanish Mass Upper Church
    Most Reverend Francisco Gonzalez, SF
    Auxiliary Bishop of Washington
    Celebrant & Homilist

    4:30 p.m. Mass Upper Church


  28. Father Totton says:


    To the priest who thinks he is being a purist by offering no confessions during the triduum, I respond, I don’t get it. To the priest who refuses to hear confessions during Holy Week, I wonder if he ever hears confessions (probably not). Is it a busy time? sure, but there is no better time to hear confessions than during Holy Week. I would say I hear the best confessions of the whole year on Friday evening After the service of Our Lord’s Passion. Some have asked me to clarify, to which I can only respond that the penitents seem then best disposed to nearly “perfect contrition”. Intense Meditation on our Lord’s Passion and death will do that.

    It would be a waste to close down the church and return to the rectory on Friday evening without giving so much as a glance at the confessional.

    My 0.02

  29. Dr. Eric says:

    Right Wing Professor is Orthodox, I believe he is a member of the Orthodox Church in America (Russian Orthodox Branch in America.) It has a quasi-autonomous status in world Orthodoxy. I guess the Orthodox do not do confessions during Holy Week.

    Many of the Orthodox consider the Catholic Archishop of St. Paul/Minneapolis John Ireland as the founder of the OCA.

  30. Ken says:

    TLM schedule for the Archdiocese of Washington and the Diocese of Arlington:

    Holy Monday —

    * Saint John’s in McLean, Va. – 7:30 p.m. Low Mass

    Holy Tuesday —

    No Mass in the Archdiocese of Washington or Diocese of Arlington.

    Spy Wednesday —

    * Holy Spirit in Annandale, Va. – 7:30 a.m. Low Mass
    * Basilica Shrine, Lourdes chapel, in Washington, D.C. – 11:10 a.m. Low Mass
    * Saint John’s in Front Royal, Va. – 7 p.m. Low Mass

    Maundy Thursday —

    * Saint Mary’s in Washington, D.C. – 7:30 p.m. High Mass

    Good Friday —

    * Old (historic church) Saint John’s in Silver Spring, Md. — 1 p.m. High liturgy (with confession at 11:30 a.m. and stations at 12:30 p.m.)

    Holy Saturday–

    No Mass in the Archdiocese of Washington or Diocese of Arlingon, but Baltimore’s Saint Alphonsus has a 7 p.m. High Mass; also check Richmond, Va. and Charles Town, W.Va.

    Easter Sunday (mostly High Masses) —

    * Saint Michael’s in Annandale, Va. – 6:15 a.m.
    * Old Saint John’s in Silver Spring, Md. – 8 a.m.
    * Saint Mary’s in Washington, D.C. – 9 a.m.
    * Saint Francis de Sales in Benedict, Md. – 11 a.m.
    * Saint John’s in McLean, Va. – 12:15 p.m.
    * Saint John’s in Front Royal, Va. – 12:30 p.m.
    * Saint Lawrence in Franconia, Va. – 12:30 p.m.
    * Holy Trinity in Gainesville, Va. – 12:30 p.m.

  31. Paul Stokell says:

    I had thought that Lent ended at Easter Vigil Mass.

    IIRC, Lent ends at the beginning of the Triduum, which is at the start of the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. But the Paschal Fast is recommended to take the place of the Lenten Fast, and that goes on until the Vigil.

  32. DG says:

    St. Anne Church — Logan Heights, San Diego, California
    (FSSP clergy; all extraordinary form liturgies)

    Holy Thursday
    Thursday, April 9, 7:00 p.m. (Solemn High Mass)
    Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass until Midnight.
    Confessions will not be heard during the Liturgy
    Confessions (English only) 9:30 p.m.

    Good Friday
    Friday April 10, 3:00 p.m. (Solemn Liturgy)
    Confessions will not be heard during the Liturgy
    Confessions (English only) 6:00 p.m.

    Holy Saturday
    Saturday, April 11, 10:00 p.m. (Solemn Easter Vigil Mass)
    Confessions will not be heard during the Liturgy

  33. Ms Jackie says:

    St. William of York , Stafford, VA
    Monday: confessions 930am and 7pm Mass at 730 + 9 am
    Tuessday: confessions 930 and 7 pm Mass at 730 + 9 am
    Spy Wednesday: no confessions Mass at 9am + 6pm
    Holy Thursday: Mass at 730pm and adoration til midnight
    Good Friday: Confessions from noon- 2pm
    Celebration of the Lords Passion 3pm
    Living stations of the Cross (in the parish center by the CYO) 730pm
    Holy Saturday: Blessing of food baskets 10am
    Divine Mercy Novena 3pm
    Easter Vigil 830pm
    Easter Sunday: Mass at 730, 9, 1030, 1215, and 2pm (spanish)

  34. JoyfulMom7 says:

    My church is a Traditional Latin Mass Community with a priest from the F.S.S.P.

    The confession schedule is always the same each week. Then below that is our Holy Week schedule.

    Sundays: 30 min. before Mass
    Weekdays: 20 min. before Mass

    04/05 Sunday Palm Sunday
    8:00 a.m. (Low)
    10:00 a.m. (Sung)

    04/06 Monday Monday of Holy Week
    7:30 a.m.

    04/07 Tuesday Tuesday of Holy Week
    Not Publicly Scheduled Chaplain away Tuesday

    04/08 Wednesday Wednesday of Holy Week (Spy Wednesday)
    7:30 p.m.


    04/09 Thursday Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday)
    7:00 p.m. Mass, Procession, Vigil to Midnight:

    04/10 Friday Good Friday (Begin Novena for Divine Mercy Sun.}
    12 p.m. Church open for prayer
    3:00 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy

    04/11 Saturday Holy Saturday
    10:00 p.m. Easter Vigil & Mass

    04/12 Sunday Easter Sunday
    9:00 a.m.

  35. Jack says:

    Our priest is offering an oppertunity for confessions Nearly EVERY day this week after the morning mass, Brilliant !!

  36. No Confession during Holy Week: Tradition. That, and the whole purpose of Great Lent is preparation. The idea is to come to Presanctified Liturgies during Lent and go to Confession. No Confession, no Communion. It’s as simple as that.

    For us, Great Lent does not include Holy Week, and ends at sundown on Lazarus Saturday, the day before Palm Sunday. Lent ends, then, this year at sundown this coming Saturday. This is why for both East and West, Lent began in the same week, but Pascha and Easter fall a week apart.

    “Many of the Orthodox consider the Catholic Archishop of St. Paul/Minneapolis John Ireland as the founder of the OCA.”

    The Patriarch of Moscow would disagree with this rather odd statement (I have never heard of this person), as would the Standing Conference of Orthodox Bishops in America (SCOBA).

    My original home parish was Antiochian. For thirty years (more, actually), I lived where the local parish was ROCOR. I have, when traveling, attended Orthodox parishes of surely every jurisdiction. I now live where the local parish is OCA, and could drive over the mountain to a nearby Carpatho-Russian parish, but why? Orthodox is Orthodox. Jurisdiction means nothing to me, other than I’d like to see it come to an end.

  37. Ad Orientem says:

    Schedule for Great and Holy Week April 12th -April 19th 2009

    St Mary Magdalene Parish

    Palm Sunday (Fish Wine & Oil permitted)
    930 AM Hours
    1000 AM Divine Liturgy
    700 PM Bridegroom Matins (At St. Peter’s Serbian Church in Fresno)

    Great & Holy Monday
    700 PM Bridegroom Matins

    Great & Holy Tuesday
    700 PM Bridegroom Matins

    Great & Holy Wednesday
    700 PM Bridegroom Matins

    Great & Holy Thursday (wine & oil permitted)
    300 PM Hours
    Appx 330 PM Divine Liturgy of the Last Supper

    700 PM Office of the Passion (reading of the 12 Gospels)

    Great & Holy Friday (strict fast)
    930 AM Royal Hours
    300 PM Great and Holy Vespers
    700 PM The Lamentations (also known as the Praises)

    Great & Holy Saturday
    1030 AM Divine Liturgy
    1100 PM Vigil for the Feast of the Resurrection and procession

    Pascha (Easter)
    Appx 1200 AM – 300 AM Hours immediately followed by Divine Liturgy
    Appx 330 AM until ? Parish potluck post Lenten Break Fast Feast
    300 PM Agape Vespers (Vespers of Love)

    Confessions will be heard following most of the services this week or by appointment. If you have not made your confession yet make sure you do so this week. Everyone who wishes to commune at Pascha should have taken confession recently.

    This is the final week of the Great Fast (no meat fish wine oil or dairy). Even if you have stumbled during the fast (most of us have) try to keep it as best as you can this week. Remember that on Great & Holy Friday we keep a strict fast (no food or liquid) according to our abilities and as our health permits.

    During Bright Week there is NO FASTING at all. Yes, you can have that cheeseburger and milkshake on Wednesday and steak on Friday. Also during the 40 days following Pascha there is no kneeling or prostrations.

  38. Ad Orientem says:

    In the Orthodox Church confessions are most definitely heard during Holy Week.

  39. Gloria says:

    St. Stephen the First Martyr, FSSP, Sacramento, CA

    Palm Sunday, Low Mass 8:30AM, 1PM. 10:30AM Blessing of palms at outside altar, distribution (kissing palm and priest’s hand), procession, knocking at the door, all with choir, antiphons, etc. before Solemn High Mass with chanting in three voices of the St. Matthew’s Passion. Confessions before all Masses. Vespers & Benediction 3PM.

    Two Masses each day, Mon., Tues., Wed., Confessions before each Mass. On Tuesday & Wednesday the full reading of St. Mark’s and St. Luke’s Gospel of the Passion at both Masses of the day.

    Holy Thursday: Tenebrae 9AM. Confessions 5:45-6:45PM. Solemn High Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7PM. Adoration at Altar of Repose in the Gym until midnight.

    Good Friday: Tenebrae 9AM. Stations of the Cross, Noon. Confessions Noon-12:45PM. Solemn Liturgy 1PM with chanting in three voices – St. John’s Passion. Veneration of the Holy Cross.

    Holy Saturday: Tenebrae 9AM. Confessions 9:30-10:15PM. Easter Vigil 10:30PM.

    Easter Sunday Low Mass 8:30AM, 1PM. Solemn High Mass 10:30AM. Confessions before each Mass.

  40. Banjo pickin' girl says:


    Masses 7am, 11:45am
    12:15pm confession until all are heard
    12:15-7pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
    7pm Solemn vespers
    7:30 confession until all are heard

    Thursday 7-midnight
    Mass, followed by Eucharistic Procession and Adoration
    Confessions after the procession until all are heard

    Friday 12-2:45 Seven last Words
    3 Solemn liturgy, veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion
    7 Psalms and Songs of Tenebrae
    Confessions after tenebrae until all are heard

    Holy Saturday
    9PM Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter

    Masses at 7,9,10:30, Noon

  41. Fr. Vidrine says:

    The Sacred Triduum was restored to what it was in the 4th and 5th centuries in 1969. Before these reforms, since after the 5th century, the Triduum consisted of Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. It now consists of Holy Thursday (beginning with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper) through 2nd Vespers of Easter. So, the season of Lent ends when the Sacred Triduum begins on Holy Thursday.

  42. Dave Pawlak says:

    rightwing prof:

    Abp. Ireland antagonized a number of Ruthenian Catholics, which resulted in them becoming Orthodox.

  43. Fr. Stephen B. Reynolds says:

    Holy Week Schedule
    St. Theresa Catholic Church
    Sugar Land, Texas

    6:45 a.m. Mass, followed by confession
    8:30 a.m. Mass, followed by confession
    5:30 p.m. Mass, followed by confession
    7:00 p.m. Penance Service

    6:45 a.m. Mass, followed by confession
    8:30 a.m. Mass, followed by confession
    5:30 p.m. Mass, followed by confession

    6:45 a.m. Mass, followed by confession
    8:30 a.m. Mass, followed by confession
    6:30 p.m. Confession
    7:00 p.m. Misa en Espanol

    Holy Thursday
    4:00 p.m. Benediction (perpetual adoration suspended during the Triduum)
    5:30 p.m. Confession
    7:30 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper
    11:00p.m. Compline

    Good Friday
    8:30 a.m. Office of Tenebrae (Matins & Lauds)
    11:00a.m. Via Crucis Viviente
    3:00 p.m. Divine Mercy Novena
    3:15 p.m. Living Way of the Cross
    5:30 p.m. Confession
    7:30 p.m. The Passion of the Lord

    Holy Saturday
    8:30 a.m. Office of Tenebrae
    3:00 p.m. Divine Mercy Novena
    3:15 p.m. Confession
    8:30 p.m. The Easter Vigil

    Perpetual Adoration resumes after the Vigil Mass

    Easter Sunday
    7:00 a.m. Mass
    8:00 a.m. Misa en Espanol
    10:00a.m. Mass
    12:00p.m. Mass
    2:00 p.m. Misa en Espanol
    3:00 p.m. Divine Mercy Novena
    3:15 p.m. Baptisms
    4:00 p.m. Confession
    5:00 p.m. Mass

  44. Ad Orientem says:

    Bishop Ireland did a little more than antagonize them. He tried to suppress their rite in the United States and forbade them to celebrate the sacraments according to their rite. He was also part of the effort the resulted in imposing the Latin discipline of celibacy on Eastern Rite priests in the America’s. He pretty much told them if you want to be Catholic learn Latin or get out. So they got out.

    It is not fair to say he is responsible for Orthodoxy in N. America. But he certainly made a contribution by driving large numbers of Eastern Rite Catholics out of their church.

  45. Antiquarian says:

    Cathedral of St Matthew, Washington DC–


    7am Mass
    7:30am Morning Prayer
    8am Mass
    11-12 Confessions
    12:10pm Mass
    7pm Chrism Mass and Blessing of Oils (choir)


    7am Mass
    7:30am Morning Prayer
    12:10 Communal Penance Service
    5:30pm Mass


    7am Mass
    7:30am Morning Prayer
    11-12 Confessions
    12:10pm Mass
    5:30pm Mass
    6:10-7:10 Confessions
    7:30 Tenebrae (choir)

    Holy Thursday

    9am Morning Prayer
    11-12 Confessions
    12:10 Mass of the Lord’s Supper (contemporary choir)
    5:30 Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper (choir)
    Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10pm
    9:45 Night Prayer

    Good Friday

    9am Morning Prayer
    11-12 Confessions
    12 noon Reflections of the Lord’s Passion (choir)
    1pm Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion (choir)
    4pm Liturgy of the Lord’s passion in Spanish (Spanish choir)
    7:30pm Stations of the Cross (choir)

    Holy Saturday

    9am Morning Prayer
    11-12 Confessions
    8pm Easter Vigil (choir)

    Easter Sunday

    7am Mass
    8:30am Mass (cantor)
    10am Mass (choir)
    11:30am mass (choir)
    1pm Mass in Spanish (Spanish choir)
    5:30pm Mass (contemporary choir)

    I especially look forward every year to the beautiful Tenebrae on Wednesday. In years past, a reduced choir sang at the lovely Night Prayer service on Holy Thursday (which also used to take place at 11:45) but the choir members begged off a couple of years ago– look at their schedule and you’ll see why.

  46. Brian M says:

    Lent officially ends with the “Gloria” of the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. That is why the bells are rung then.

  47. Magdalene says:

    Our parish has had 3 daily Masses throughout Lent and confession after all of them. And they have been well attended.

    In a former parish, the lines on Holy Thursday were so long; it was wonderful that so many received the Sacrament. And that pastor heard confessions on Friday afternoon. The next pastor did not like confession and would hire a retired priest for Holy Thursday and only a few went. None on Friday. Sad.

    I am wondering how things will be in my new parish’s liturgy. I have experienced the setting up of wash basins all over the church so everyone gets a footbath accompanied with giggling and so forth. I have experienced what amounted to a wet tee-shirt thing on Holy Saturday with those to be baptised clad only in short white shifts and dunked in the baptismal pond but the pastor said he was ‘having fun’ so it was okay. I have known what it is to be so upset at the shenanigans that I left early. I do not think that will happen here although there are those looking to be more ‘progressive’.

  48. JC says:

    I know this applied to the parish I was in when I was a teenager, but it probably applies to a good many:
    Holy Thursday
    Morning: Chrism Mass
    Afternoon: Pastor plays golf
    Evening: Holy Thursday Mass

    Good Friday:
    12 Stations with the deacon
    2 PM Priest plays Golf
    7 PM Good Friday Service

    Holy Saturday
    Daytrip to Hilton Head to play Golf
    5 PM Easter Vigil

    Easter Sunday
    7 AM Ecumenical Service at the park

    10 AM Mass at a rented gymansium, so everyone can come

    There will be no other Masses because the pastor is going on a golf trip.

  49. Timohty Clint says:

    This is very intersting and settles the question for my family who says that Lent ends at noon on Saturday. I believe that Lent ends following the Easter Vigil Mass in the evening of Saturday. We have had this debate for years and I think that some older priests may say that Lent ends a noon simply because in the pre-1955 rubrics it did end at noon. Not so anymore. Am I correct.

  50. PS says:

    This is transcribed from my hand calendar. I am putting everything here for this week, in hopes that it will encourage attendance at pre-Triduum celebrations, events, whatever.

    St. Matthew’s Cathedral (DC)

    Monday will be the usual Lenten Mass schedule, but at 7pm, there will be the Chrism Mass (not on Holy Thursday)

    Tue: Regular Lenten Mass schedule but no 11 am confessions or noon Mass; rather, 25 confessors will be available at 12:10


    Masses at 7, 7:30*,8, 12:10, 5:30
    Confession from 11-noon, 6:15-7:15 (4 confessors)
    Tenebrae: 7:30


    Morning Prayer at 9*
    12:10, 5:30 Mass of the Lord’s Supper (later Mass is with +Wuerl)
    Night Prayer at 9:45
    Confession from 11-noon (four confessors)

    Morning Prayer at 9*
    Confession from 11-noon (four confessors)
    Noon Reflection on the Lord’s Passion
    1pm Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, (w/ +Wuerl)
    4pm same liturgy as above, spanish language
    7:30 Stations of the Cross

    Morning Prayer at 9*
    Confession from 11-noon (four confessors)
    Cathedral closes and noon and reopens at 7
    8pm Easter Vigil

    Mass: 7, 8:30, 10 (w/ +Wuerl), 11:30, 1 (spanish language) 5:30.

  51. JaneC says:

    St. Victor’s in West Hollywood, CA

    Monday of Holy Week:
    Masses will be offered at 8:00a.m., 12:10 noon, and 7:45p.m. Novena prayers are said at the evening Mass.

    Tuesday and Wednesday:
    Masses will be offered at 8:00a.m. & 12:10 noon.

    The Easter Triduum:
    Holy Thursday:
    12:10 noon: mass will be offered for those unable to attend the evening liturgy
    7:45p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper
    (After the Mass there will be private adoration of Our Lord)

    Good Friday:
    12:00 noon: Stations of the Cross
    12:30: Meditations on the Seven Last Words
    1:45 p.m. Liturgy of The Lord’s Passion
    7:45 p.m. Liturgy of The Lord’s Passion
    12:00 noon-3:00 p.m. Confessions

    Holy Saturday: April 11th
    4:30-5:15 Confessions
    7:45 p.m. Vigil Mass of Easter

    Easter Sunday: April 12th
    Masses of the Resurrection of the Lord at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 noon.

    (Confessions are also heard before all Sunday Masses, on request.)

  52. Tom Morrison says:

    Holy Ghost Parish – Denver, Colorado
    Holy Week Schedule

    APRIL 6 & 8
    Masses at 7:00 & 11:30 a.m.
    Confessions after the 11:30 a.m. Mass

    Mass—7:00 a.m.
    Communion service*—11:30 a.m.
    Confessions—2:00- 4:00 p.m.
    *11 a.m. Chrism Mass at Cathedral

    Morning Prayer— 7:00 a.m.
    Confessions—11:30 am. to 1 p.m.
    & 3:30 to 5 p.m.
    Mass of the Lord’s Supper—5:30 p.m.
    Eucharistic Adoration until 10:00 p.m.
    No daytime Masses on Holy Thursday

    Morning Prayer— 7:00 a.m.
    Celebration of the Lord’s Passion—
    12:00 Noon
    Divine Mercy Novena & Stations
    3:00 p.m.
    Tenebrae Service—7:00 p.m.
    Confessions—10:00-11:30 a.m.
    & 4:30- 6:00 p.m.
    The parish office & social ministry office
    will be closed on Good Friday

    Morning Prayer— 8:00 a.m.
    Divine Mercy Novena— 3:00 p.m.
    Easter Vigil— 8:00 p.m.
    No Confessions or daytime Masses
    on Holy Saturday

    Masses at 7:00, 8:30 a.m.
    10 a.m. (Latin Choral), 12:00 Noon & 5:10 p.m.
    Divine Mercy Novena— After the 12 Noon Mass
    No Confessions on Easter Sunday

    Palm Sunday of the Passion of our Lord – Holy Ghost Church Denver, Clorado
    The Holy Ghost Cappella
    Sean Burns, Director
    Sunday, April 5, 2009, 10:00 a.m.

    Blessing of the Palms Chant

    Hosánna Fílio David; Benedíctus qui venit Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is he who comes
    in nómine Dómini. O Rex Israël: in the name of the Lord. King of Israel:
    Hosánna in excélsis. Hosanna in the highest.

    Pueri Hebræórum portántes ramos olivárum, Hebrew children bearing olive branches,
    Obviavérunt Dómino, clamántes, et dicéntes: went forth to the meet the Lord, crying out and saying:
    Hosánna in excélsis. Hosanna in the highest.

    Domini est terra et plenitúdo ejus, The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,
    Orbis terrárum et univérsi qui hábitant in eo. The world and all they that dwell therein.
    Quia ipse super mária fundávit eum, For He hath founded it upon the seas:
    Et super flúmina præparábit eum. And hath prepared it upon the rivers.

    Attólite portas, principles, vestra: Lift up your gates, O ye princes,
    Et elevámini, portæ aeternáles: and be ye lifted up, O eternal gates:
    Et introíbit rex glóriæ. And the King of Glory shall enter in.

    Processional Hymn – #256 All Glory, Laud and Honor

    Mass – Missa XVII per Quadragesime Chant

    Offertory – Wir setzen uns mit tranen neider J.S. Bach
    from “St. Matthew Passion”

    We sit down in tears and call to Thee in the tomb: Rest softly, softly rest! Rest, ye exhausted limbs!
    Your grave and tombstone shall for the unquiet conscience be a comfortable pillow and the soul’s resting place.
    In utmost bliss the eyes slumber there.

    Communion – Miserere mei, Deus G. Allegri
    Psalm 51 – To the chief Musician, a Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had
    gone into Bathsheba.
    1. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of Thy tender
    mercies blot out my transgressions.
    2. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
    3. For I acknowledge my transgressions and my sin ever before me.
    4. Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight: that Thou mightiest be justified when
    Thou speakest, and be clear when Thou judgest.
    5. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
    6. Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part Thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
    7. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
    8. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which Thou hast broken may rejoice.
    9. Hide Thy face from my sins and blot out all mine iniquities.
    10. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
    11. Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy holy spirit from me.
    12. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free spirit.
    13. Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto Thee.
    14. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation; and my tongue shall sing aloud of Thy
    15. O Lord, open Thou my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Thy praise.
    16. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it; thou delightest not in burnt offerings.
    17. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.
    18. Do good in Thy good pleasure unto Zion: build Thou the walls of Jerusalem.
    19. Then shalt Thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
    then shall they offer bullocks upon Thine altar.

    Recessional Hymn – #259 O Sacred Head Surrounded

  53. Mike says:

    ST Athanasius in Vienna, VA follows this timeline for Easter Vigil.

  54. Blessed Sacrament Parish, Springfield, Ill.:

    Thursday, Friday and Saturday – 8:00 AM – Morning Prayer Service (there will not be a morning Mass)
    Holy Thursday – 7:00 PM
    Good Friday – 5:30 PM
    Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil) – 8:00 PM
    Easter Sunday – 7:00 AM, 8:30 AM, 10:30

    No scheduled confessions, but presumably you could ask for confession before or after one of the prayer services. Our Easter Vigil is NO, but our pastor, Fr. David Hoefler, does a particularly beautiful liturgy. Afterward many congregants head to a local tavern to eat, drink, and be merry, and toast our risen Lord with pints of beer.

  55. Fr. Aidan Logan, OCso says:

    Here’s what we’re doing at the Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, this year:
    This des not include regulary scheduled events like Confessions.

    Holy Thursday:
    Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 1630, Main Chapel
    Vigil at the Altar of Repose until Midnight, St. Andrew’s Chapel
    Rosary & Night Prayer, 2200, St. Andrew’s

    Good Friday:
    Office of Readings & Morning Prayer, 0730, St. Andrew’s Chapel
    Stations of the Cross, 1250, St. Andrew’s Chapel
    Liturgy of the Passion, 1600, Main Chapel

    Holy Saturday:
    Office of Readings & Morning Prayer, 0830, St. Andrew’s Chapel
    Rites of Preparation for Baptism, 0900, St. Andrew’s Chapel
    Easter Vigil, 2015, Main Chapel
    Blessing of Food and Easter Feast, c.2230

    Easter Sunday Masses:
    Main Chapel, 0830, Note early start time!
    Overflow Mass: 0900, Mitscher Auditorium
    St. Andrew’s, 1130
    Laboon Center(Midshipmen Only), 1900

  56. Byzantine says:

    Holy Week at our Byzantine Catholic parish:

    6:30 am–Bridegroom Matins
    9:00 am–Third Hour
    12:00 pm–Sixth Hour
    3:00 pm–Ninth Hour
    7:00 pm–Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
    10:00 pm–Great Compline

    6:30 am–Bridegroom Matins
    9:00 am–Third Hour
    12:00 pm–Sixth Hour
    3:00 pm–Ninth Hour
    7:00 pm–Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
    10:00 pm–Great Compline

    6:30 am–Bridegroom Matins
    9:00 am–Third Hour
    12:00 pm–Sixth Hour
    3:00 pm–Ninth Hour
    7:00 pm–Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts with Holy Annointing for Healing
    10:00 pm–Small Compline

    7:00 pm–Liturgy, followed by Lenten Potluck
    10:00 pm–Good Friday Matins with Confessions and 12 Passion

    6:00 am–1st Royal Hour
    9:00 am–3rd Royal Hour
    12:00 pm–6th Royal Hour
    12:30 pm–Mid-day Service
    3:00 pm–9th Royal Hour
    7:00 pm–Vespers, Procession, and Veneration
    10:00 pm–Small Compline

    9:00 am–Jerusalem Matins with Canon of Holy Saturday
    4:00 pm–Paschal Vespers with Divine Liturgy of St. Basil

    9:00 am–Jerusalem Matins with Canon of Holy Saturday
    4:00 pm–Paschal Vespers with the Baptismal Divine Liturgy of St.

  57. Dave Pawlak says:

    Ad Orientem: I know the full unfortunate story involving Abp. Ireland and Fr. Alexis. Abp. Ireland also had a long-running feud with the Archbishops of Milwaukee: first, for being suffragan to a German prelate; then, after St. Paul was made a metropolitan see, various other issues (including Eastern Rite Churches, as Abp. Messmer was very welcoming to the Melkite Rite Catholics in Milwaukee).

  58. Didymus says:

    Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
    Albany, NY

    April 9, 2009
    7:15 a.m. Morning Prayer (Cathedral Trailer)
    12:15 p.m. Midday Prayer (Cathedral Trailer)
    7:00 p.m. Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper (St. James Church)
    After the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Eucharist will be
    reserved for adoration and quiet prayer until midnight.
    Night prayer will be at 10:00 p.m.

    April 10, 2009
    7:15 a.m. Morning Prayer (Cathedral Trailer)
    12:15 a.m. Midday Prayer (Cathedral Trailer)
    3:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross (St. James Church)
    5:30 p.m. The Lord’s Passion (St. James Church)

    April 11, 2009
    9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
    12:15 p.m. Midday Prayer
    Note: There will NOT be a 5:15 p.m. Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday, April 11th.
    The Vigil must begin in darkness on this evening.

    8:00 p.m. Easter Vigil at St. James Church

    Fr Z — it appears that Bishop Hubbard got your message about when to hold the Easter Vigil Mass

  59. Jayna says:

    St. Thomas Aquinas in Alpharetta, GA

    Holy Thursday
    8:00 p.m. – Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Bilingual)
    Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel until midnight.

    Good Friday
    12:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Meditation of the Seven Last Words of Christ with the music of Taize
    3:00 p.m. – Bilingual Stations of the Cross in Church and Living Stations Outside
    5:00 p.m. – Liturgy of the Passion – Spanish
    8:00 p.m. – Liturgy of the Passion – English

    Holy Saturday
    9:30 a.m. – Rites of Preparation of the Elect
    1:00 p.m. – Blessing of Easter Foods
    9:00 p.m. – Easter Vigil (Bilingual)

    Easter Sunday
    7:00 a.m. in Church – English
    9:00 a.m. in Church and Hall – English
    11:00 a.m. in Church and Hall – English
    1:00 p.m. in Church – English
    1:00 p.m. in Hall – Spanish
    3:00 p.m. in Church – Spanish

    Just imagine how fewer segregated English and Spanish Masses we could have if they would just suck it up and do one or two in Latin.

  60. JohnMa says:


    I don’t consider a Missa Cantata a High Mass. I consider it to be a low mass. The Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913 states this explicitly, although it has become common place to refer to a Missa Cantata as a high mass.

    Also, there will be a Vigil Mass in the Diocese of Arlington at St. Catherine of Siena Parish. It starts at 8:30 p.m.

  61. lucy says:

    St. Anthony of Padua, Fresno, CA

    There’s a penance service tonight only (Monday), then no other opportunity for confession.

    Luckily for us, there are other parishes in town that have their priorities in order.

  62. Maureen says:

    This doesn’t count the normal two daily Masses on Mon-Wed. And we perpetually have perpetual adoration.

    Holy Thursday:
    10 AM – Morning Prayer
    7 PM – Mass of the Lord’s Supper

    Good Friday:
    10 AM – Morning Prayer
    Noon – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
    2 PM – Stations of the Cross
    7 PM – Celebration of the Lord’s Supper (maybe a typo?)

    Holy Saturday:
    10 AM – Morning Prayer
    (Blessing of the Easter Baskets afterward)
    9 PM – Easter Vigil

    Easter Sunday:
    Masses: 8 AM, 9:30, 11, 12:30

  63. A says:

    Why are all the masses so early in the morning?

  64. Holy Ghost in Tiverton, Rhode Island

    Holy Thursday
    7:00 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper
    Church open until Midnight for Solemn Reposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament

    Good Friday
    3:00 PM Stations of the Cross followed by the Divine Mercy Novena
    7:00 PM Celebration of the Lord’s Passion and Death

    Holy Saturday
    8:00 PM The Easter Vigil

    Easter Sunday
    7:30 and 10:00 AM Mass

  65. Tanstafl says:



    Confession: Normal Schedule (11:00AM-12:00PM/4:30PM-5:15PM)
    Normal Mass Schedule (No Adoration)

    Normal Mass Schedule (No Adoration/Ordinary Form)
    10:00AM Confessions (Four Confessors)
    No Afternoon Confessions
    7:00PM Confessions (Four Confessors)

    Normal Mass Schedule (No Adoration/Ordinary Form)
    10:00AM Confessions (Four Confessors)
    No Afternoon Confessions
    7:00PM Confessions (Four Confessors)

    No Confessions/Adoration
    Dominican Tenebrae 8:00AM
    Special Mass for those unable to attend in the evening 9:00AM
    Mass of the Lords Supper with Mandatum (Ordinary Form with Cantores in Eclessia) 7:30PM
    Adoration until 10:30PM

    No Confessions/Adoration
    No 7:00AM Mass
    Dominican Tenebrae 8:00A.M.
    Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 12:00PM (Ordinary Form with Schola Cantorum)
    Stations of the Cross 3:00PM

    No Confessions/No 7:00AM Mass
    Dominican Tenebrae 8:00AM
    Easter Vigil Mass 8:00PM (Ordinary Form with Schola Cantorum)

    Masses at 7:00AM and 9:00AM (Ordinary Form/Not Sung)
    Dominican Rite Missa Canta 11:00AM (Cantores in Eclessia )

  66. MCH says:

    9 April 2009 – Maundy Thursday

    Office and Morning Prayers 7.00am
    Confessions 8.00am – 11.00am
    Mass of the Lord’s Supper 5.00pm
    Vigil at the Altar of Repose 6.00pm – 11.00pm
    Confessions 7.00pm – 10.00pm

    10 April 2009 – Good Friday

    Office and Morning Prayers – 7.00am
    Confessions 8.00am – 11.00am
    Seven Last Words 12.00pm – 3.00pm
    Celebration of the Lord’s Passion – 3.30pm
    Procession of the Santo Entierro – 5.00pm
    Confessions 7.00pm – 10.00pm
    Procession of the Virgen de Soledad – 12.00am (?)

    11 April 2009 – Black Saturday

    Office and Morning Prayers – 7.00am
    Confessions 8.00am – 12.00pm
    5.00pm – 8.00pm
    Easter Vigil – 10.00pm (Please bring your own candles)

    12 April 2009 – Easter Sunday

    Salubong/Santo Encuentro – 4.30am
    (Note: Assembly at church’s parking area)
    Hourly Masses: 5.00am – 12.00pm; 4.00pm – 7.00pm

  67. MCH says:

    Forgot to mention, the schedule I posted above is for SANTO DOMINGO church in Quezon City, Philippines. Apologies for the confusion.

  68. ssoldie says:

    Thank you reader, I remember those years, wish I had saved some of the bullitin’s we use to get. So clear, so simple, no confusion.

  69. Heather says:

    Is mine the only Church that has the Mass of the Pre-sanctified at 3:00? I know some people who don’t receive Communion on Good Friday, as they think it’s not “traditional”.

  70. Marilyn says:

    The Oratory of Ss. Gregory and Augustine
    St. Louis, MO
    All Masses in the Extraordinary Form

    Monday through Spy Wednesday

    7:30 AM Holy Mass (Low Mass) as usual. The Passion according to St. Mark will be read in English on Tuesday and the Passion according to St. Luke will with read in English on Wednesday.

    Maundy Thursday

    7:30 AM The Office of Tenebræ
    7:30 PM The Evening Mass in Commemoration of the Lord’s Supper (High Mass) followed by the watch at the Altar of Repose until midnight. The Epistle and Gospel will be in English.

    Good Friday

    7:30 AM The Office of Tenebrae
    3:00 PM Stations of the Cross
    7:00 PM The Liturgical Solemnity in Commemoration of the Passion and Death of the Lord. The
    Lessons and the Passion according to St. John will be read in English.

    Holy Saturday

    7:30 AM The Office of Tenebrae
    7:00 PM The Easter Vigil, the Mass of Easter Night (High Mass) and Easter Lauds. The Lessons,
    Gospel, and Renewal of Baptismal Promises will be in English.

    Easter Sunday

    7:30 AM Holy Mass (Low Mass)
    10:30 AM Holy Mass (Solemn High Mass) followed by Benediction. The Mass Ordinary will be William
    Byrd’s Mass for Three Voices. The Epistle and Gospel will be chanted in Latin.

  71. paul says:

    I think the reason why Mass was said so early in the morning had to do with the ancient midnight fast, which forbade any food or liquid including water from midnight till after reception of Holy Communion. This is one reason why I think it fortunate for those who have the EF on sunday morning- the laity get to practice the midnight fast much more easily- than at a Mass at 1pm or 3 or 5pm.

  72. St. Thomas of Villanova, Villanova, PA:

    9:00AM Morning Prayer – Rosemont Chapel
    8:00PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper – Villanova Church
    Solemn Adoration until 11:00PM in Corr Hall Chapel

    APRIL 10TH
    9:00AM Morning Prayer – Rosemont Chapel
    3:00PM Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
    Villanova Church

    APRIL 11TH
    9:00AM Morning Prayer – Rosemont Chapel

    8:00PM (Villanova Church)

    7:30AM – Villanova Church
    9:00AM – Rosemont Chapel
    10:00AM – Villanova Church
    11:00AM – Rosemont Chapel
    11:30AM – Villanova Church

  73. mfg says:

    Re 1943 Holy Week: I got a kick out of Holy Saturday confessions 3-5 and 7-9. When I was growing up in the 30s and 40s every Saturday nust have been a holy Saturday because that was our regular schedule with 3 confessionals operating continuously, 2 of the 3 with long lines from 3-5 and 7-9. Parishioners always knew which confessor was ‘difficult’. On Good Friday no Catholic worth his salt spoke a word after 12 noon. Most (except mothers with infants) were in church from 12 to 3. Most businesses were closed from 12 to 3. Even in the 50s they let the Catholics off 12 – 3. There were always lengthy processions on Holy Thursday and Holy Saaturday (with a lot of ironing the night before). On Easter we had our regular Sunday schedule: 7 Masses–6 through 12–with 12 being Solemn High with all parish priests on the altar assisting the pastor (as usual). What about confessions during Holy Week? I don’t remember because I would have been to confession the Saturday before Palm Sunday as my parents and teachers required (to free up the confessionals next week for once-a-year-Catholics). Our diocesan newspaper, The Tidings, filled 2 full pages every May with pictures of the local new ordinands. Those were the bad old days. God bless and help BXVI and his Summorum Pontificum and Motu Proprio.

  74. Frank says:

    Frank and others,
    I believe Lent ends on HOLY THURSDAY MORNING! The TRIDUUM is then Thursday, Friday, Saturday: it is a SEPARATE SEASON (tiny one, but it’s own season on Church calendar). Easter begins after sundown on Saturday, with the Vigil. And you may NEVER have Mass on Good Friday, obviously (I’m shocked to see it here and hope it’s a typo). Also remember not to geneflect as your Tabernacle should be empty. Finally, of course any priest may hear confession anytime, as Fr. Z explains in an earlier post. How could a priest be so ignorant as to think Confession would be prohibited during the very time of year it’s most likely to be sought?

  75. mfg says:

    Further to ‘Re 1943’ above: Lent ended at 12 noon on Holy Saturday when we opened the box of See’s candy

  76. irishgirl says:

    I love the terms for the Holy Week ceremonies in the Byzantine/Eastern Rites!

  77. Ken says:

    JohnMa wrote: “I don’t consider a Missa Cantata a High Mass. I consider it to be a low mass. The Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913 states this explicitly, although it has become common place to refer to a Missa Cantata as a high mass.”

    And that is a fine legal point, but to list something as a “Low Mass” implies (to everyone except you, perhaps) that the ordinary and propers will not be sung.

    In fact, one or both of the sung Masses at Saint Mary’s in D.C. (Holy Thursday and Easter) will likely be Missa Solemnis. But at the very least they will be Missa Cantata.

  78. Christa says:

    Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Indiana:

    Holy Week, April 6 — April 10, 2009
    April 6 Parish Penance Service — 7:00 p.m.in Church

    April 7 7:30 a.m. Regular Mass in Church Chapel
    5:45 p.m. Regular Mass in Church Chapel

    April 8 7:30 a.m. Regular Mass in Church Chapel
    Chrism Mass at SS. Peter & Paul Cathedral
    Note: There will be no 5:45 p.m. Mass today.

    Holy Thursday
    April 9 7:00 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper in Church
    Seven Church Tour after the Mass (My note: To Altars of Repose at 7 different parishes)
    Adoration Chapel Closes at 7:00 p.m.
    Note: There will be no 7:30 a.m. nor 5:45 p.m. Masses today.

    Good Friday
    April 10 1:00 p.m. Good Friday Service in Church
    7:00 p.m. Tenebrae Service in Church
    Note: There will be no Masses today.

    Easter Mass Schedule
    April 11 Easter Vigil Mass – 9:00 p.m.in Church
    Note: There will be no 7:30 a.m. daily Mass today nor a 5:30 p.m Saturday Anticipation Mass.

    Easter Sunday
    April 12 Masses — 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and
    12:00 noon in Church
    Spanish Mass — 1:30 p.m. in Church
    Adoration Chapel Opens at 8:30 a.m. today.
    Note: There will be no 6:00 p.m. Mass today.

    Added note by me: Confessions heard for an hour each morning and evening, not listed here. Also, the Penance Mass is a service with homily followed by individual confessions with 15-20 priests. No group confession or group absolution.

  79. St. Ann’s (Central,MA)

    Palm Sunday, April 5:
    Mass at 9:30am
    Mass with Solemn Blessing of Palms and Procession at 11am
    Adoration all afternoon with ongoing Confessions
    A pancake breakfast fundraiser will be held after the 11am Mass to raise funds for the young pilgrims going to Chartres. Your support is appreciated.
    3pm Lenten talk by Father _______, Rosary, Benediction at 4.45pm

    Monday through Wednesday: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 6am-7am;
    Mass at 7am; Confessions: 6:30am-6:50am

    Holy Thursday, April 9:
    11am: A talk by Father _____ on ‘The Triduum’ followed by Rosary
    Mass at 7pm
    Chapel (Altar of Repose) open to until 10pm
    Confessions before and after Mass

    Good Friday, April 10:
    Chapel open at 6am
    Confessions 9-10am and 6:30-7pm
    10am: A talk by Father _______ on ‘The Sadness of Christ, Reflections on Our Lord’s passion and the Four Last Things’
    Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified at 2:30pm
    Stations of the Cross at 7pm

    Holy Saturday, April 11:
    10:30am: A talk by Father ________ on ‘Waiting with Our Lady’
    3.30pm: A talk by Father ________ on ‘The Easter Vigil’
    Confessions 6-6:50pm
    Mass at 7:30pm followed by a Collation (feel free to bring a plate)

    Easter Sunday: Masses at 9:30, 11am

    Egg-straordianry Egg-stravaganza Event, Easter Monday, April 13: Mass at 8AM, followed by a breakfast barbeque (bring meats to grill and food for sharing); Easter egg hunt at 9am (while breakfast is prepared); games for young and old begin at 10am.

  80. Cathedral of St. Mary, Fargo

    Palm Sunday: 5pm Vigil (Saturday), Mass at 8, 10, 12 and 2pm (the latter Extraordinary). 7pm Parish Penance Service.
    Monday: Confessions 6:30am-6:50, Mass 7am, Chrism Mass 4:30pm
    Tuesday: Confessions 6:30am-6:50, Mass 7am, Confessions 11am-noon, Mass 12:10, Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help 7pm.
    Wednesday: Confessions 6:30-6:50am, Mass 7am, 10am Rosary in front of abortuary, Confessions 11-noon, Mass 12:10
    Holy Thursday: 7pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper w/ Bishop Aquila. (If I remember correctly, we’ll have confession before the Mass as well).
    Good Friday: 10:30am diocesan Stations of the Cross in front of North Dakota’s only abortuary led by Bp. Aquila. 3pm Passion of the Lord Liturgy. 7pm Stations of the Cross along with Benediction with a Relic of the True Cross (3 priests will be available for Confession during Stations).
    Holy Saturday: 8:45pm Easter Vigil Mass w/ Bishop Aquila.
    Easter Sunday: Mass @ 8, 10, noon and 2pm (again, the latter Extraordinary).

    Perpetual Adoration throughout (as usual) and also it seems as if there will be a priest available for Confession during the weekday Masses of Holy Week (unusual).

    I love St. Mary’s! : )

  81. jaykay says:

    Our parish here in Ireland has its usual schedule:

    Holy Thursday

    7:30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper followed by Solemn Procession to the Altar of Repose and watching before the Blessed Sacrament until 10:00pm

    Good Friday

    3:00pm Liturgy of the Passion & Holy Communion

    5:00pm Confessions

    7:00pm Parish Stations of the Cross (outdoor if weather permitting)

    Holy Saturday

    Confessions at usual times (morning & evening)

    9:30 pm Easter Vigil

    Easter Sunday

    Masses at usual times

    Reading that 1943 schedule, I was struck by the thought: how many young men in that parish might have attended, or served at, those ceremonies as their last, before being drafted into the forces and killed on active service?

  82. Heres our triduum schedule for holy week in St Kevins Parish Dublin (all EF):
    Spy Wednesday: 19.00: Office of Tenebrae
    Holy Thursday: 20.30: Solemn High Mass of the Lords Supper
    Good Friday: 17.00: Liturgy of the Passion
    18.30: Stations of the Cross
    Holy Saturday: 21.00:Easter VIgil and High Mass
    Easter Sunday: 10.30: Solemn High Mass
    Im presuming confessions will be heard during these services

  83. olmphoto2 says:

    For anyone who may be interested, I have placed online a copy of the Tre Ore services booklet from 1944, Church of the Gesu, Milwaukee Wisconsin:


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