For most of us, this is our second week of confinement. You will find useful information to live this important liturgical time: the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord in harmony, hope and joy, in order to welcome our Risen Lord!
Here is the full schedule for Holy Week services to be celebrated by Archbishop Christian Lépine, and which will be broadcast live from Montreal’s Mary Queen of the World Cathedral on Sel et Lumière Television Everyone is welcome to tune in or follow the live stream online.
All celebrations will take place “in camera” only, with priests from the community residence of the Archdiocese of Montreal, and for the intentions of the Church and the salvation of the world during this painful time marked by COVID-19.
This liturgy marks the beginning of Holy Week, commemorating Christ’s entry into Jerusalem.
At home: Families are invited to place an image or statue of Jesus visibly in a window of their home to mark the start of Holy Week. This represents an opportunity to proclaim our faith in the public square. Click here to download the images.
Celebrating World Youth Day 2020 at HOME. Join on-line! : Mass will be celebrated by Most Rev. Christian Lépine, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Montreal, with young people via Skype on Youtube LIVE Saturday April 4th, 2020 at 5 P.M. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygTbG11Y4kA&feature=youtu.be
Mass in coena Domini: This commemoration of the Lord's Supper will forego the customary foot-washing ceremony, to be replaced this year with Eucharistic Adoration, followed by the blessing of the city of Montreal from the forecourt of the cathedral.
To accompany this time of common prayer, here are some suggestions for Prayers of the Faithful, focusing in particular on serving others along with meditations on the Gospel account of washing the disciples’ feet.
At home: the faithful in our diocese can join this adoration in spirit by placing a lighted candle in their window from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
This liturgy commemorates the Lord’s passion and death.
At home: the faithful can venerate a crucifix and place a cross in their window, as a sign of confidence in Christ’s sacrifice for us and in the victory of Love over Evil, suffering and death.
This vigil, during which the Church watches in anticipation of the Resurrection, celebrates the passage from darkness to light, Christ's victory over death.
At home the faithful are invited to place a candle in a window, at 8 p.m., to welcome Easter and express their faith in the Resurrection.
This celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection from death, concludes Holy Week and marks the start of the Easter season.
At home: At 11 a.m., churches will ring the bells for 10 minutes. The faithful are invited to “ring bells” and to sing the Gloria and Alleluia to celebrate their Easter joy. Since Quebec has rediscovered Sunday as a day of rest during this pandemic, we encourage the faithful living under the same roof to take the time to enjoy a family meal together and to share the Easter joy with their loved ones by telephone or other means of communications.
Here are some links to activities that allow us to encounter the God of tenderness in our daily lives. Explore them! There is something for everyone: children, teens, young adults, parents, pastoral workers and youth ministers.
For more resources for Holy Week, visit Mission Jeunesse microsite.