Bishop Mario Grech to lead celebrations during Holy Week
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During Holy Week, Bishop Mario Grech will lead the liturgical celebrations to be held at the Cathedral Church, Victoria.
On Palm Sunday, the Bishop will lead the celebration of the Blessing of Palm and Olive Branches at the Cathedral. The function, which includes a procession, will start at 9.00am. Mass will follow.
On the same day, at 6.30pm, Bishop Grech will lead the Way of the Cross (Via Sagra) from Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary to Ghammar Hill. The Bishop will be accompanied by priests, religious and lay-faithful.
On Holy Thursday, at 8.30am, there will be Morning Prayers at the Cathedral. Mass of Holy Chrism will follow at 9.00am. During mass, diocesan priests and religious will concelebrate with the Bishop, who will bless the Holy Oils that will be used in the celebration of the Sacraments of the Anointing of the Sick, Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders. All priests will renew the promises that they made on the day of their Ordination.
Also on Holy Thursday, at 6.30pm, the Solemn Memorial of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated. After Mass, the Bishop will carry the Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose, where it will remain for the adoration of the faithful.
On Good Friday, at 4.00pm, the Bishop will lead the Solemn celebration of the Lord’s Passion. During the celebration, the Narrative of the Passion will be read. The Adoration of the Cross will follow and then Holy Communion will be distributed.
On Holy Saturday, at 8.00pm, the Bishop will lead the celebration of the Easter Vigil. The celebration will commence with the Blessing of the New Fire and will include the Liturgy of the Word, the Liturgy of Baptism and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
On Easter Sunday, at 6.00pm, the Bishop will celebrate together with the Cathedral Chapter the Easter Sunday Mass and at the end imparts the Apostolic Blessing with the Plenary Indulgence.