Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Sunday, March 25

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday. The liturgy begins with the reading of the Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, as he was greeted by shouts of “Hosanna!” by an adoring crowd and the blessing of palms. The 11 AM Mass will include an outdoor procession, weather permitting. All other Masses will begin in the Gathering Space. The tone of the liturgy changes radically as the account of the Passion is proclaimed and we begin our solemn journey with the Lord into Holy Week.

Schedule for Palm Sunday

Saturday, March 24 –  5:15 PM

Sunday, March 25 – 7:30, 9:15, & *11 AM;  5:15 PM

* Solemn Mass (incense)

Monday of Holy Week

Monday, March 26

8:30 AM Mass

1:30 & 2:15 PM Living Stations of the Cross presented by the 8th Grade of St. John’s School

7:30 PM Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of Mary, Our Queen

The Chrism Mass, so named because this is the liturgy at which the sacramental oils are blessed and consecrated by the bishop, is often celebrated on Holy Thursday morning. As our archdiocese extends to the far reaches of Western Maryland, it is traditionally held earlier in the week to allow the priests and faithful to gather. In addition to blessing the oils, the priests renew their vows at this solemn celebration in the presence of the Archbishop and the gathered faithful. All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday & Wednesday, March 27 & 28

8:30 AM  Mass

9 AM & 6:30 PM Confessions

Holy Week (as is all of Lent) is a time of spiritual preparation for Easter. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be made available. Confessing our sins and allowing the Lord’s healing mercy to take root in our lives prepares us well to enter into the Paschal Triduum that begins Holy Thursday evening. 

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

8:30 AM Morning Prayer

9 AM Confessions

11 AM Stations of the Cross for Children

12:30-2:30 PM Confessions

3 PM Stations of the Cross (Traditional)

7 PM Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

The Mass is not celebrated today. This is a day of prayer. The principle liturgy today recalls the Lord’s suffering and death. It includes a silent entrance, the reading of Passion account according to St. John, extended intercessions on behalf of all people, the veneration of the wood of the Cross, and the reception of Holy Communion (consecrated at the Holy Thursday liturgy). 

Holy Saturday, March 31

8:30 AM Morning Prayer

1 PM  Blessing of Easter Food

8 PM Easter Vigil

The Easter Vigil is the “mother of all liturgies” in the sense that a lot happens. This is the first Mass of Easter and the most important liturgy of the entire year as we celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection! While it is longer than a typical Mass, there’s always something going on! The Easter Vigil begins after sunset with the lighting of the Easter fire and blessing ot the Paschal Candle followed by the Solemn Easter Proclamation. An extended LIturgy of the Word takes us through salvation history with several readings from the Old Testament. The Gloria is joyfully sung and the Alleluia returns at the Gospel acclamation, the Church essentially having “fasted” from these for Lent. Adults are baptized or received into the Church, making their First Holy Communion at a festive Eucharistic liturgy.

Easter Sunday, April 1

The Lord’s Resurrection
Easter Sunday Mass Schedule

Church:  7 AM (Organ & Cantor), 8:30 AM (Family Mass); *10:30 AM (Choir); *12:30 PM (Exalt Praise Group)

Parish Activities Center: 8:30 & 10:30 AM