Easter Ceremonies at the Cathedral of St Stephen
Easter is the most significant period of the Christian liturgical year. Each day focuses on one aspect of the life-giving death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Easter Ceremonies at St Stephenís Cathedral will be:
7pm Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Last Supper
10.00am Good Friday Way of the Cross
3pm Good Friday Celebration of the Lordís Passion
7.00pm Holy Saturday Easter Vigil
10.00am Easter Sunday Day of the Lordís Rising
Easter Sunday Masses at the Cathedral : 8.00am, 10.00am, 12 noon and 7.30pm
THE CEREMONIES IN THE THREE DAYS OF EASTER
Evening Mass of the Last Supper: Holy Thursday Ė 7pm
The three days of Easter begins on Holy Thursday evening. The focus of the service is the life, death and rising of Jesus. During the Mass the Archbishop will wash the feet of several people signifying sharing in the discipleship of Jesus.
Celebration of the Lordís Passion: Good Friday Ė 3pm
The solemn liturgy holds together the passion, suffering and death of Jesus and is based around the reading of the Passion story from Johnís Gospel, the veneration of the Cross and the General Intercessions. Members of the congregation, dressed in black, carry a large wooden cross into the Church. At the foot of the sanctuary (altar steps), the congregation will file past and kiss or touch the wooden cross.
Easter Vigil: Holy Saturday- 7.00pm
This vigil is a night of great celebration, expectation and joy. It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus and is the most important liturgy of the Churchís year.
Day of the Lordís Rising: Easter Sunday Ė 10am
The celebration of Easter Day is reflected in the liturgy of Easter Sunday Mass. It is a day of joy celebrating the renewal of Christian lives through the resurrection of the Lord.
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