Holy Week Schedule 2021

March 17, 2021


Please Note: We do not take reservations for Masses. Due to Covid, we are limited to the number of people who can attend. Seats are on a “first come, first serve” basis. 

All of these services will be available from our website-savannahcathedral.org and click on Live Stream

This Sunday, March 28th, is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. The Liturgies of Holy Week are beautiful and moving, and each of them will be livestreamed on the Cathedral website (www.savannahcathedral.org). Because of our Covid regulations, we will be able to accommodate no more than 350 people at each Liturgy. At each Mass for Palm Sunday, we will bless palms and recall Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem. For the 10 AM Mass, the blessing of the palms will take place in front of the Cathedral. For all the other Masses on Palm Sunday, the blessing of the palms will take place at the baptismal font at the entrance to the Church.

On Tuesday, March 30th, the Bishop will celebrate the Mass of the Chrism at 11:00 AM. This Mass will not be open to the public. The Bishop will bless the Oils to be used throughout the Diocese for the next twelve months (Oil of the Sick, Oil of Catechumens, and Sacred Chrism). At this Mass the Priests of the Diocese will be present and will renew their commitment to Priestly service.

On Wednesday evening, at 8:00PM, the Choir will lead us in a traditional evening prayer service known as Tenebrae. The latin word means “shadows” or “darkness.” It recalls the betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot and his arrest in the garden.

The Sacred Triduum begins on Holy Thursday, with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00PM. This beautiful Mass recalls the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist. Because of Covid, this year the Bishop will not be washing feet, as is normally done at this Mass. Following Mass, the Blessed Sacrament will be placed on the Altar of Repose, and the Church will remain open for private prayer until 10:00PM.

On Good Friday, Bishop Parkes will celebrate the Liturgy of the Passion at 12:00 noon. The Passion according to John will be proclaimed, the Crucifix will be venerated, and Holy Communion will be distributed. At the conclusion of the Liturgy of the Passion, there will be silent meditation in the Church, commemorating the hours that Jesus hung upon the cross. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 1:30 until 3:00. At 3:00 PM we will make the Way of the Cross. At the conclusion, the Church will be closed, and nothing will take place in the Church until the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday night.

The Easter Vigil Mass will begin at 8:30 PM on Saturday, April 3rd. At this most dramatic Liturgy, the new fire will be lighted, the Paschal Candle blessed and lighted, the history of salvation proclaimed from Scripture, and the water for Baptism blessed. Seven adults will be baptized.

On Easter Sunday, Masses will be at the usual times (8:00, 10:00, 11:30, and 1:00PM Latin). I remind you again that we will only be able to accommodate 350 people for each of our Masses. I apologize in advance if you arrive and are not able to be seated. Remember that the 10:00 AM Mass will be livestreamed. May God bless you, and Happy Easter!

Rev. J. Gerard Schreck