Easter and Holy Week
Holy Week Livestream Schedule
The following Holy Week liturgies at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell) will be streamed live:
Chrism Mass - Thursday, April 13, 10:00 a.m.
Mass of the Lord's Supper - Thursday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.
Service of the Lord's Passion - Friday, April 14, 3 p.m.
Easter Vigil - Saturday, April 15, 8:30 p.m.
Easter Sunday Mass - Sunday, April 16, 8:00 a.m.
About Holy Week and Easter
A diverse selection of Holy Week celebrations can be found in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, with liturgies and services in several different languages, including English, Spanish, and Latin. Holy Week is the week preceding Easter and the final week of Lent, beginning with Palm Sunday and ending with Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday. Holy Week includes:
Palm Sunday: The Sunday before Easter, commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
Wednesday: Holy Wednesday or Spy Wednesday, in reference to Judas Iscariot's intent to betray Jesus.
Thursday: Holy Thursday, which commemorates the Last Supper and initiates the Easter Triduum. The 'Mass of the Lord's Supper' is normally celebrated in the evening, which, according to Jewish tradition, is when Friday begins, as the Last Supper was held on the feast of Passover. The mass commemorates Christ’s Last Supper with the Apostles. The 'Chrism Mass' is also often celebrated earlier in the day Thursday and derives its name from one of the three oils which are presented to the Archbishop to be blessed and consecrated for use at Baptisms, Confirmations, and Ordinations throughout the year.
Friday: Good Friday commemorates Christ’s passion, crucifixion, and death in reparation for the sins of all mankind with the 'Service of the Lord’s Passion'.
Saturday: Holy Saturday, or the Easter Vigil, is the final day of Lent, of Holy Week, and of the Easter Triduum, and is the day we commemorate Christ lying in the tomb. The Easter Vigil Mass, takes place after sundown on Holy Saturday, actually belongs to Easter Sunday, since liturgically; each day begins at sundown on the previous day. The ceremonies of the Easter Vigil include the blessing of new fire and the lighting of the Easter candle.
Sunday: Easter Sunday is the principal feast of the ecclesiastical year. Commemorating Resurrection of Christ. Easter is also the oldest feast of the Christian Church, as old as Christianity, the connecting link between the Old and New Testaments. We celebrate Christ’s resurrection as the moment where salvation was given to all who believe.