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Holy Week Tuesday

On the Tuesday of Holy Week, you are invited to join us for several different opportunities to engage in worship.

Chrism Mass

You are welcome to this diocesan liturgy with Bishop Melissa Skelton presiding and preaching.  This liturgy includes renewal of baptismal and ordination vows, blessing of oils, and hymn with a homily from Bishop Melissa Skelton. A light lunch follows (suggested donation $6.00)

The liturgy begins at 12.10pm.

Tenebrae

We will conclude the day by observing the service of Tenebrae. This is a reflective service of candlelight, music and prayer, and will be sung by the Cathedral Choir.

Tenebrae begins in the chancel at 7.30pm

Parking

Parking-Map Cathedral parking is available from 6.00pm-9.00pm at the Park Place Parkade, located at 660 Hornby Street. You will need a Cathedral Parking Pass which can be downloaded below.

Your Parking Pass must be clearly displayed on the dash of your vehicle while it is parked in the parkade, otherwise it may be subject to a fine or towing.

Download and Print a Cathedral Parking Pass to place on your dash.

A Word About Holy Week:

The glory of Easter is the heart of the Christian gospel. It is the centre of the Church’s faith and worship. In the earliest days of the Church it was the only Christian festival: an annual celebration, in one act, of Christ’s life, death, resurrection, ascension, and his sending of the Holy Spirit.

The celebration lasted fifty days in one continuous festival of adoration, joy, and thanksgiving, ending on the Feast of Pentecost.

By the fourth century, the Church was adding to its celebration of Easter a week-long commemoration of the events which preceded our Lord’s resurrection, beginning on Sunday with his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Christians would recall the final meal Jesus had with his disciples and his institution of the sacrament of the eucharist.

On the Friday they would commemorate Christ’s agony and death on the cross. On Saturday night they would gather for the reading of the scripture, for prayers, for the baptism of their new converts, and then, as the day of the resurrection dawned, for the joyful celebration of Easter. The week before Easter became known as Holy Week. The focal points of this week are

  • The Sunday of the Passion with the Liturgy of the Palms,
  • Maundy Thursday, with foot washing and a thanksgiving for the institution of the eucharist,
  • Good Friday, with a veneration of the cross,
  • Easter Eve, with the Great Vigil, paschal fire, initiation, and the Easter eucharist.