CARDINAL GEORGE CELEBRATES HOLY WEEK LITURGIES
Joined by Archdiocesan Priests and Bishops
Chicago, IL (March 27, 2007)—Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, will participate in the following Holy Week activities at Chicago area parishes and celebrate the following Holy Week liturgies at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior streets (all events described below will be held at Holy Name Cathedral unless otherwise noted):
Sunday April 1
BLESSING OF PALMS/PALM SUNDAY MASS
Cardinal George will bless palm leaves in a solemn ceremony in the Cathedral courtyard immediately before Mass. The blessing symbolizes victory through the disciplines of Lent over all that separates from Christ. During Mass, the Passion of Our Lord, the story of the suffering and death of Jesus, is read.
Tuesday April 3
PONTIFICAL MASS OF THE CHRISM
Cardinal George will bless the oils to be used by all archdiocesan parishes for baptisms, confirmations, ordinations, and anointing of the sick for the upcoming year. Two parishioners from each of the 366 archdiocesan parishes are expected to attend the Chrism Mass to receive the oils for their parish. Cardinal George will celebrate this Mass with the auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese.
Wednesday April 4
Cardinal George will be the celebrant during Tenebrae (darkness) prayer services at Holy Name Cathedral. During the service, the lights of the Cathedral are extinguished, signifying the suffering of Christ that will be commemorated later in the week during the Holy Thursday and Good Friday liturgies.
Thursday April 5
HOLY THURSDAY EVENING MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
Cardinal George will wash the feet of 12 Cathedral parishioners, recalling a similar action by Christ at the Last Supper.
Friday April 6
WAY OF THE CROSS PROCESSION
Most Rev. Thomas J. Paprocki, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago joins Catholics as they process from Daley Plaza to Holy Name Cathedral, stopping along the way to pray and recite the Stations of the Cross. Sponsored by the Catholic lay movement, Communion and Liberation.
VIA CRUCIS VIVIENTE (Living Way of the Cross) – Providence of God Parish
Catholics traverse Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood in a two-hour long procession beginning at Providence of God Parish, 717 West 18th St., to mark the end of the Via Crucis (Living Way of the Cross) observance. Cardinal George will deliver remarks at the close of the procession at St.Adalbert Parish, 1650 W. 17th St.
GOOD FRIDAY LITURGY OF THE LORD’S PASSION & DEATH
Cardinal George will preside at a solemn commemorative service (there are no Masses offered in the Catholic Church on Good Friday) during which the Passion according to St. John will be sung. The cross will be venerated (the faithful will kiss the corpus of a large crucifix); prayers will be offered for the Church and for all people; and a Communion service will follow.
Saturday April 7
BLESSING OF FOOD BASKETS
Cardinal George will bless baskets of food at two Chicago parishes that will be used by parish families in the preparation of Easter dinner:
St. Ferdinand Parish, 5900 W. Barry Ave., Chicago
St. Constance Parish, 5843 W. Strong St., Chicago
EASTER VIGIL MASS/WELCOME OF NEW ADULT MEMBERS
Cardinal George will celebrate the Mass at which the New Fire and the Paschal Candle, representing the risen Christ, will be lighted. More than 500 adults will be baptized, more than 575 adults will be received into full communion with the Catholic Church and more than 750 adults will complete the sacraments of initiation (be confirmed and receive the Eucharist) this night in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Sunday April 8
EASTER SUNDAY MASS
Cardinal George will be the principal celebrant and will deliver the homily at the Mass where Catholics celebrate Christ’s resurrection from the dead.