Holy Week

Holy Week: A prayer guide

Holy Week is the most sacred time on the Christian calendar. CatholicPhilly.com has prepared resources to help you pray in these days when we celebrate the central mysteries of the Christian faith including the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Beginning with Palm Sunday and extending to the Chrism Mass and the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, we present the liturgies of each day including readings from Scripture, prayer meditations, reflections, videos and music, both sacred and modern. As you use the resources on each page, note the comment box at the bottom. Leave your own prayerful thoughts about that day and see what others have to share. CatholicPhilly.com wishes you and blessed Holy Week and a happy Easter.

Palm Sunday Mass begins Holy Week, liturgies at Cathedral scheduled

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput celebrated Palm Sunday Mass March 24 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. Palm Sunday marked the beginning of Holy Week, and the Cathedral will host the following Holy Week liturgies:

Holy Thursday, the Chrism Mass

(B)y the anointing of the Holy Spirit you made your only begotten Son high priest of the new and eternal covenant, and by your wondrous design were pleased to decree that his one priesthood should continue in the Church.

Holy Thursday, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Therefore Lord we pray: graciously accept this oblation of our service, that of your whole family, which we make to you as we observe the day on which our Lord Jesus Christ handed on the mysteries of his Body and Blood for his disciples to celebrate; order our days in peace, and command that we be delivered from eternal damnation and counted among the flock of those you have chosen.

Good Friday, the Passion of the Lord

Let us pray, dearly beloved, to God the Father almighty, that he may cleanse the world of all errors, banish disease, drive out hunger, unlock prisons, loosen fetters, granting to travelers safety, to pilgrims return, health to the sick, and salvation to the dying. Almighty ever-living God, comfort of mourners, strength of all who toil, […]

Easter Vigil Mass, Holy Saturday

Dear brothers and sisters, on this most sacred night, in which our Lord Jesus Christ passed over from death to life, the Church calls upon her sons and daughters scattered throughout the world to come together to watch and pray....

Easter Sunday Mass

O God, who on this day through your only begotten Son, have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity...