Holy Week - 2024

Holy Week is an eight-day period that takes us from Jesus' triumphant arrival Jerusalem to his crucifixion and resurrection. It begins with Palm Sunday, celebrated on March 24, 2024, and concludes on Easter.

Palm Sunday

The week begins with Palm Sunday, which commemorates Jesus' entrance into the holy city of Jerusalem. He is greeted by the shouts of the crowd: "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" By the end of that same week, the crowds will be shouting, "Crucify him!"

For most parishes, the Palm Sunday Mass schedule is the same as the regular weekend Mass schedule. A list of Mass times can be found here.  A listing of other Palm Sunday celebrations can be found below.

Chrism Mass and the Mass of the Holy Oils

In the Diocese of Portland, the Chrism Mass is celebrated on the Tuesday of Holy Week. During the Mass, the oils that will be used in the sacraments during the coming year are blessed by the bishop and distributed to parishes. The Mass also brings together clergy from around the diocese, who renew their priestly promises. If you would like to attend the Chrism Mass, please call or visit your parish office to request tickets. [More Details]

Because of the size of the Diocese of Portland, the bishop travels to northern Maine on the Wednesday of Holy Week to celebrate the Mass of the Holy Oils. During the Mass, the oils blessed at the Chrism Mass are presented and distributed to parishes, and the priests of northern Maine renew their promises. In 2024, the Mass of the Holy Oils will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church in Caribou. [More Details]

The Sacred Triduum

The summit of the liturgical year is the Easter Triduum, which begins on the evening of Holy Thursday and concludes on the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ's Paschal Mystery. 

The "three days" are the most holy of the liturgical year because they commemorate the Institution of the Lord's Supper (Eucharist and priesthood) in the Upper Room, with its mandatum/command to "wash the feet" of others in imitation of Jesus Christ; the Passion of the Lord, who suffered and died on the cross on Calvary for the sake of our salvation; Holy Saturday, when we "vigil" in anticipation of the Easter joy that comes to the world through the resurrection of Christ from the dead; and Easter, a day of celebration. The tomb is empty. The Lord has risen! Alleluia!

Holy Week Masses, Services, Events & Prayer Opportunities

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday Masses

Evening prayer with adoration and Benediction - 5 pm. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Scarborough.

Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament - 4 p.m. at St. Raphael Church in Kittery.

Living Stations of the Cross - 7 p.m. at St. Athanasius & St. John Church in Rumford

Palm Sunday Procession - 10:30 a.m. at Holy Martyrs of North America Church in Falmouth

Palm Weaving - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception's Guild Hall

Palm Weaving - 9 a.m. in the hall of St. Matthew Church in Limerick

Palm Weaving with Fr. Reggie - 1 p.m. in the hall of St. Hyacinth Church in Westbrook.

Tenebrae Service at 7 p.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Scarborough 


Tenebrae Service at 7 p.m. at the Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul in Lewiston.

Tenebrae Service at 7 p.m. at St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Norway.

Tenebrae Service at 7 p.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Augusta.

Tenebrae Service at 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Windham


Chrism Mass (Portland)


Mass of the Holy Oils in Caribou

Penitential Service at 5:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Belfast

Tenebrae Service at 7 p.m. at Holy Family Church in Greenville

Tenebrae Service at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Yarmouth

Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday Masses

Good Friday

Good Friday Services around the Diocese

Blessing of the Water from Siphusis Brook at noon, beginning at St. Ann Church, Peter Dana Point Road in Indian Township

Holy Saturday & Easter Vigil

Holy Saturday Prayer & Reconciliation

Easter Vigil Masses around the Diocese

Blessing of Easter Baskets at noon at St. Louis Church in Portland


Easter Sunday Masses

Easter Egg Hunt - Whitefield


Easter Triduum (USCCB / External link)

Easter Triduum Schedules for EWTN, CatholicTV, and Relevant Radio

Easter (USCCB / External Link)

Palm Sunday - Readings (External Link)

Holy Thursday - Gospel Readings (External Link)

Good Friday - Gospel Readings (External Link)

Easter Vigil Gospel Readings (External Link)

Easter Day Gospel Readings (External Link)