PORTLAND---Holy Week, the most solemn week of the entire year, began on Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord on April 5. The Mass marked the start of the final week of Lent, culminating with the Sacred Triduum, during which Catholics commemorate the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, the Passion and Death of Christ on Good Friday, and the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. The Sacred Triduum celebrates the forgiveness of sins for all humanity and the gift of everlasting life to all who believe in Him.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, an unprecedented number of Maine parishes are live-streaming their Masses and services, including Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. For a complete list of those live-streaming opportunities, visit www.portlanddiocese.org/HolyWeekLiveStreaming.
Bishop Robert Deeley will also preside at Masses and services this week via livestream and originating from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. The celebrations can be viewed at www.portlandiocese.org/online-Mass or www.facebook.com/PortlandCathedral. Here is Bishop Deeley’s schedule:
Thursday, April 9
Holy Thursday Mass of Our Lord’s Supper
Friday, April 10
Good Friday Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
Saturday, April 11
Easter Vigil Mass
Sunday, April 12
Easter Sunday Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord
To view a special page dedicated to the latest news, live prayer opportunities, an updated list of drive-through confessions, and a variety of faith resources, visit the Diocese of Portland’s COVID-19 response page at www.portlanddiocese.org/content/response-coronavirus.