“In Holy Week we participate in the most sublime drama of religious history.” —Fr. Pius Parsch
We invite you to enter into the depth and beauty of these sacred days leading up to the joy of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Whether in person or via live stream, we are all connected to the most beautiful act of love on the part of our Divine Savior. Welcome to Holy Week with St. John Cantius.
* denotes service is live streamed.
PALM SUNDAY - The Journey Begins
Sunday, April 2, 2023
7:30 am - Low Mass 2002 Missal (Latin)
9:30 am - Procession and Sung Mass (Latin)*
12:30 pm - High Mass: 2002 Missal (Latin)*
2:00 pm - Rosary and Solemn Vespers (Evening Prayer)
5:00 pm - Sung Mass (English)
After palms are blessed and the great procession approaches the Holy City, the gates are “unlocked” with the Palm Sunday Cross. The doors to the church open, and we enter the Week’s life-changing events with Christ in triumph. But the journey will continue with much to come for the One we praise today—and for us.
The royal banners forward go, the cross shines forth in mystic glow; where he in flesh, our flesh who made, our sentence bore, our ransom paid. —Vexilla Regis, 5th century
Full photo Album of Palm Sunday 2023 at St. John Cantius here.
SPY WEDNESDAY - Mercy in Darkness
Wednesday, April 5, 2023
7:00 am - Sung Mass (English)
8:00 am - Low Mass: 1962 Missal (Latin)
7:30 pm - Solemn Sung Tenebrae-with St. Cecilia Choir*
At Tenebrae (Latin for “shadow” or “darkness”), we anticipate Christ’s suffering and death in stark contrast to the dazzling spectacle of Palm Sunday. Gradually all lights in the church are extinguished. The disappearance of the last light is accompanied by the startling strepitus, a great noise and shaking reminding us not only of the earthquake at Calvary but also of the cataclysmic effects of Our Lord’s Sacrifice of Himself.
Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon thee? Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee! Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee; I crucified thee. —‘Ah Holy Jesus’, Johann Heermann, 1630
Learn more about our Tenebrae service here
Download the Tenebrae booklet below.
Full Photo Album of Spy Wednesday Tenebrae here.
HOLY THURSDAY - Night of Gifts and a Garden
Thursday, April 6, 2023
8:00 am - Simplified Tenebrae
1:00 pm - 4:00pm - Confessions
7:30 pm - Sung Mass: Holy Thursday (2002 Missal, Latin)*
8:30 pm - Stripping of the Altar*
Adoration through the Night
9:00 pm - Friday morning - Church will be open all night for private prayer at the Altar of repose
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday evening brings us the supreme gift of the Holy Eucharist, which immerses us in Divine Love and emboldens us to follow carefully and constantly Our Lord’s command: “Love one another as I have loved you.” The external joy of these gifts seems quickly suspended as we follow Our Lord to the Garden of Gethsemane. The church bells that so boisterously pealed early in this Mass are replaced by the dull, wooden sound of “clackers.” We hear Our Lord’s question to us, “Could you not watch with me one hour?” Can we? Will we?
On the night of that Last Supper, seated with His chosen band, He the Pascal victim eating, first fulfills the Law’s command; then as Food to His Apostles gives Himself with His own hand. —Pange Lingua, St. Thomas Aquinas, 1520
View the full album of Holy Thursday Mass 2023 here.
GOOD FRIDAY - In the Afternoon it is Night
Friday, April 7, 2023
8:00 am - Simplified Tenebrae
10:00 am - 3:00pm - Confessions
3:00 pm - Good Friday Service*
Followed by Divine Mercy Chaplet
We are startled to see the sacred ministers prostrate themselves before a bare altar. Then a veiled cross is gradually uncovered as “Behold the wood of the cross on which hung the Savior of the world! Come let us adore Him!” is sung three times. How do we adore the broken Body of Christ? Are we moved to adore Him? Can we hope, believe?
Tree, which solely wast found worthy the world’s Victim to sustain. Harbor from the raging tempest! Ark, that saved the world again! Tree, with sacred blood anointed of the Lamb for sinners slain. —Crux Fidelis, 6th Century