Holy Week at the Cathedral

May 26, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, Mich., celebrated Masses during Holy Week at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption. I photographed Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday of the Lord's Passion, Saturday's Easter Vigil and, of course, Easter Sunday. Even though I grew up in the Catholic Church, I found that documenting these days gave me a deeper appreciation for the beauty of the liturgy, especially at the Easter Vigil. During that Mass, the congregation gathers on the steps of the cathedral as the bishop blesses the Easter fire. About halfway through the Mass, new members are baptized into the Church. It is truly a joy to document!

Palm Sunday at the Cathedral of Mary of the AssumptionPalm Sunday at the Cathedral of Mary of the AssumptionThe Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, celebrated Mass on Palm Sunday, March 29, at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw.
Mass for Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion begins with blessing of palm branches and the proclamation of the Gospel story of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. The final Sunday during Lent marks the beginning of Holy Week, which includes Holy Thursday of the Lord's Supper, Good Friday of the Lord's Passion and ends Holy Saturday, when Christ's body lay in the tomb.
"Holy Week is all one event God planned," said the bishop in his homily. "On Palm Sunday, Jesus was going into Jerusalem, but He was also going to his Passion, death and resurrection."
"The Lord is inviting us to be part of Holy Week," Bishop Cistone concluded, "(and) to be a part of the paschal journey, that our own lives will mirror His."

For a schedule of Holy Week Masses and services, please visit www.saginaw.org
Palm Sunday at the Cathedral of Mary of the AssumptionPalm Sunday at the Cathedral of Mary of the AssumptionThe Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, celebrated Mass on Palm Sunday, March 29, at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw.
Mass for Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion begins with blessing of palm branches and the proclamation of the Gospel story of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. The final Sunday during Lent marks the beginning of Holy Week, which includes Holy Thursday of the Lord's Supper, Good Friday of the Lord's Passion and ends Holy Saturday, when Christ's body lay in the tomb.
"Holy Week is all one event God planned," said the bishop in his homily. "On Palm Sunday, Jesus was going into Jerusalem, but He was also going to his Passion, death and resurrection."
"The Lord is inviting us to be part of Holy Week," Bishop Cistone concluded, "(and) to be a part of the paschal journey, that our own lives will mirror His."

For a schedule of Holy Week Masses and services, please visit www.saginaw.org
Palm Sunday at the Cathedral of Mary of the AssumptionPalm Sunday at the Cathedral of Mary of the AssumptionThe Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, celebrated Mass on Palm Sunday, March 29, at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw.
Mass for Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion begins with blessing of palm branches and the proclamation of the Gospel story of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. The final Sunday during Lent marks the beginning of Holy Week, which includes Holy Thursday of the Lord's Supper, Good Friday of the Lord's Passion and ends Holy Saturday, when Christ's body lay in the tomb.
"Holy Week is all one event God planned," said the bishop in his homily. "On Palm Sunday, Jesus was going into Jerusalem, but He was also going to his Passion, death and resurrection."
"The Lord is inviting us to be part of Holy Week," Bishop Cistone concluded, "(and) to be a part of the paschal journey, that our own lives will mirror His."

For a schedule of Holy Week Masses and services, please visit www.saginaw.org
Palm Sunday at the Cathedral of Mary of the AssumptionPalm Sunday at the Cathedral of Mary of the AssumptionThe Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, celebrated Mass on Palm Sunday, March 29, at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw.
Mass for Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion begins with blessing of palm branches and the proclamation of the Gospel story of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. The final Sunday during Lent marks the beginning of Holy Week, which includes Holy Thursday of the Lord's Supper, Good Friday of the Lord's Passion and ends Holy Saturday, when Christ's body lay in the tomb.
"Holy Week is all one event God planned," said the bishop in his homily. "On Palm Sunday, Jesus was going into Jerusalem, but He was also going to his Passion, death and resurrection."
"The Lord is inviting us to be part of Holy Week," Bishop Cistone concluded, "(and) to be a part of the paschal journey, that our own lives will mirror His."

For a schedule of Holy Week Masses and services, please visit www.saginaw.org
Palm Sunday at the Cathedral of Mary of the AssumptionPalm Sunday at the Cathedral of Mary of the AssumptionThe Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, celebrated Mass on Palm Sunday, March 29, at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw.
Mass for Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion begins with blessing of palm branches and the proclamation of the Gospel story of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. The final Sunday during Lent marks the beginning of Holy Week, which includes Holy Thursday of the Lord's Supper, Good Friday of the Lord's Passion and ends Holy Saturday, when Christ's body lay in the tomb.
"Holy Week is all one event God planned," said the bishop in his homily. "On Palm Sunday, Jesus was going into Jerusalem, but He was also going to his Passion, death and resurrection."
"The Lord is inviting us to be part of Holy Week," Bishop Cistone concluded, "(and) to be a part of the paschal journey, that our own lives will mirror His."

For a schedule of Holy Week Masses and services, please visit www.saginaw.org
Palm Sunday at the Cathedral of Mary of the AssumptionPalm Sunday at the Cathedral of Mary of the AssumptionThe Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, celebrated Mass on Palm Sunday, March 29, at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw.
Mass for Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion begins with blessing of palm branches and the proclamation of the Gospel story of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. The final Sunday during Lent marks the beginning of Holy Week, which includes Holy Thursday of the Lord's Supper, Good Friday of the Lord's Passion and ends Holy Saturday, when Christ's body lay in the tomb.
"Holy Week is all one event God planned," said the bishop in his homily. "On Palm Sunday, Jesus was going into Jerusalem, but He was also going to his Passion, death and resurrection."
"The Lord is inviting us to be part of Holy Week," Bishop Cistone concluded, "(and) to be a part of the paschal journey, that our own lives will mirror His."

For a schedule of Holy Week Masses and services, please visit www.saginaw.org
Palm Sunday at the Cathedral of Mary of the AssumptionPalm Sunday at the Cathedral of Mary of the AssumptionThe Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, celebrated Mass on Palm Sunday, March 29, at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw.
Mass for Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion begins with blessing of palm branches and the proclamation of the Gospel story of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. The final Sunday during Lent marks the beginning of Holy Week, which includes Holy Thursday of the Lord's Supper, Good Friday of the Lord's Passion and ends Holy Saturday, when Christ's body lay in the tomb.
"Holy Week is all one event God planned," said the bishop in his homily. "On Palm Sunday, Jesus was going into Jerusalem, but He was also going to his Passion, death and resurrection."
"The Lord is inviting us to be part of Holy Week," Bishop Cistone concluded, "(and) to be a part of the paschal journey, that our own lives will mirror His."

For a schedule of Holy Week Masses and services, please visit www.saginaw.org
Palm Sunday at the Cathedral of Mary of the AssumptionPalm Sunday at the Cathedral of Mary of the AssumptionThe Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, celebrated Mass on Palm Sunday, March 29, at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw.
Mass for Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion begins with blessing of palm branches and the proclamation of the Gospel story of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. The final Sunday during Lent marks the beginning of Holy Week, which includes Holy Thursday of the Lord's Supper, Good Friday of the Lord's Passion and ends Holy Saturday, when Christ's body lay in the tomb.
"Holy Week is all one event God planned," said the bishop in his homily. "On Palm Sunday, Jesus was going into Jerusalem, but He was also going to his Passion, death and resurrection."
"The Lord is inviting us to be part of Holy Week," Bishop Cistone concluded, "(and) to be a part of the paschal journey, that our own lives will mirror His."

For a schedule of Holy Week Masses and services, please visit www.saginaw.org
Palm Sunday at the Cathedral of Mary of the AssumptionPalm Sunday at the Cathedral of Mary of the AssumptionThe Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, celebrated Mass on Palm Sunday, March 29, at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw.
Mass for Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion begins with blessing of palm branches and the proclamation of the Gospel story of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. The final Sunday during Lent marks the beginning of Holy Week, which includes Holy Thursday of the Lord's Supper, Good Friday of the Lord's Passion and ends Holy Saturday, when Christ's body lay in the tomb.
"Holy Week is all one event God planned," said the bishop in his homily. "On Palm Sunday, Jesus was going into Jerusalem, but He was also going to his Passion, death and resurrection."
"The Lord is inviting us to be part of Holy Week," Bishop Cistone concluded, "(and) to be a part of the paschal journey, that our own lives will mirror His."

For a schedule of Holy Week Masses and services, please visit www.saginaw.org

 

 

Holy Thursday:  Mass of the Lord's SupperHoly Thursday: Mass of the Lord's SupperThe Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, celebrated Mass on Holy Thursday, April 2, at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw. On Holy Thursday, the institution of the Eucharist by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper — the First Mass in the Catholic tradition — is remembered in a special way. During the Mass, Bishop Cistone washed the feet of 12 parishioners, recalling the way Jesus washed the feet of the 12 Disciples at that meal.
Following Mass, a solemn procession brought the consecrated Hosts reserved for use at the Good Friday service to an altar of repose, where the Blessed Sacrament remained in a tabernacle.

For more information about Holy Week and parish schedules, please visit www.saginaw.org
Holy Thursday:  Mass of the Lord's SupperHoly Thursday: Mass of the Lord's SupperThe Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, celebrated Mass on Holy Thursday, April 2, at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw. On Holy Thursday, the institution of the Eucharist by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper — the First Mass in the Catholic tradition — is remembered in a special way. During the Mass, Bishop Cistone washed the feet of 12 parishioners, recalling the way Jesus washed the feet of the 12 Disciples at that meal.
Following Mass, a solemn procession brought the consecrated Hosts reserved for use at the Good Friday service to an altar of repose, where the Blessed Sacrament remained in a tabernacle.

For more information about Holy Week and parish schedules, please visit www.saginaw.org
Holy Thursday:  Mass of the Lord's SupperHoly Thursday: Mass of the Lord's SupperThe Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, celebrated Mass on Holy Thursday, April 2, at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw. On Holy Thursday, the institution of the Eucharist by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper — the First Mass in the Catholic tradition — is remembered in a special way. During the Mass, Bishop Cistone washed the feet of 12 parishioners, recalling the way Jesus washed the feet of the 12 Disciples at that meal.
Following Mass, a solemn procession brought the consecrated Hosts reserved for use at the Good Friday service to an altar of repose, where the Blessed Sacrament remained in a tabernacle.

For more information about Holy Week and parish schedules, please visit www.saginaw.org
Holy Thursday:  Mass of the Lord's SupperHoly Thursday: Mass of the Lord's SupperThe Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, celebrated Mass on Holy Thursday, April 2, at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw. On Holy Thursday, the institution of the Eucharist by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper — the First Mass in the Catholic tradition — is remembered in a special way. During the Mass, Bishop Cistone washed the feet of 12 parishioners, recalling the way Jesus washed the feet of the 12 Disciples at that meal.
Following Mass, a solemn procession brought the consecrated Hosts reserved for use at the Good Friday service to an altar of repose, where the Blessed Sacrament remained in a tabernacle.

For more information about Holy Week and parish schedules, please visit www.saginaw.org
Good FridayGood FridaySAGINAW— Hundreds of faithful gathered for the solemn liturgy of the Lord's Passion on Friday, April 3, at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw with the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw. The crucifixion and death of Our Lord is remembered as the faithful gather to venerate the cross and hear the Gospel account of Christ’s Passion. By adoring the Holy Cross, the faithful are reverencing the instrument by which Christ won our salvation.

During the veneration, the choir chanted the Reproaches: "My people, What have I done to you? How have I hurt you? Answer me!
I led you out of Egypt; but you led your Savior to the Cross. For forty years I led you safely through the desert, I fed you with manna from heaven, and brought you to the land of plenty; But you led your Savior to the Cross. O, My people! What have I done to you that you should testify against me?"

Mass is not celebrated on Good Friday, but the faithful may receive the Eucharist in the species of bread that was consecrated during the Holy Thursday Mass. The church is instead stripped of all decoration, and the doors of the tabernacle are left open for this day of mourning as we remember Christ's death.

For more information about Holy Week and parish schedules, please visit www.saginaw.org
Good FridayGood FridaySAGINAW— Hundreds of faithful gathered for the solemn liturgy of the Lord's Passion on Friday, April 3, at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw with the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw. The crucifixion and death of Our Lord is remembered as the faithful gather to venerate the cross and hear the Gospel account of Christ’s Passion. By adoring the Holy Cross, the faithful are reverencing the instrument by which Christ won our salvation.

During the veneration, the choir chanted the Reproaches: "My people, What have I done to you? How have I hurt you? Answer me!
I led you out of Egypt; but you led your Savior to the Cross. For forty years I led you safely through the desert, I fed you with manna from heaven, and brought you to the land of plenty; But you led your Savior to the Cross. O, My people! What have I done to you that you should testify against me?"

Mass is not celebrated on Good Friday, but the faithful may receive the Eucharist in the species of bread that was consecrated during the Holy Thursday Mass. The church is instead stripped of all decoration, and the doors of the tabernacle are left open for this day of mourning as we remember Christ's death.

For more information about Holy Week and parish schedules, please visit www.saginaw.org
Good FridayGood FridaySAGINAW— Hundreds of faithful gathered for the solemn liturgy of the Lord's Passion on Friday, April 3, at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw with the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw. The crucifixion and death of Our Lord is remembered as the faithful gather to venerate the cross and hear the Gospel account of Christ’s Passion. By adoring the Holy Cross, the faithful are reverencing the instrument by which Christ won our salvation.

During the veneration, the choir chanted the Reproaches: "My people, What have I done to you? How have I hurt you? Answer me!
I led you out of Egypt; but you led your Savior to the Cross. For forty years I led you safely through the desert, I fed you with manna from heaven, and brought you to the land of plenty; But you led your Savior to the Cross. O, My people! What have I done to you that you should testify against me?"

Mass is not celebrated on Good Friday, but the faithful may receive the Eucharist in the species of bread that was consecrated during the Holy Thursday Mass. The church is instead stripped of all decoration, and the doors of the tabernacle are left open for this day of mourning as we remember Christ's death.

For more information about Holy Week and parish schedules, please visit www.saginaw.org
Easter Vigil Mass at the CathedralEaster Vigil Mass at the CathedralSAGINAW— The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, celebrated the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday, April 4, with the Rev. Andrew Boons at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw.

The Easter Vigil is a joyful night-watch by Christians who have gathered to celebrate the most important feast in the life of the Church – the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

The Vigil Mass begins outdoors with the blessing of the Easter fire. It is during the Vigil that more than 200 people across the diocese and thousands more around the world will join the Catholic Church as they receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and first Eucharist.
Easter Vigil Mass at the CathedralEaster Vigil Mass at the CathedralSAGINAW— The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, celebrated the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday, April 4, with the Rev. Andrew Boons at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw.

The Easter Vigil is a joyful night-watch by Christians who have gathered to celebrate the most important feast in the life of the Church – the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

The Vigil Mass begins outdoors with the blessing of the Easter fire. It is during the Vigil that more than 200 people across the diocese and thousands more around the world will join the Catholic Church as they receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and first Eucharist.
Easter Vigil Mass at the CathedralEaster Vigil Mass at the CathedralSAGINAW— The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, celebrated the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday, April 4, with the Rev. Andrew Boons at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw.

The Easter Vigil is a joyful night-watch by Christians who have gathered to celebrate the most important feast in the life of the Church – the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

The Vigil Mass begins outdoors with the blessing of the Easter fire. It is during the Vigil that more than 200 people across the diocese and thousands more around the world will join the Catholic Church as they receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and first Eucharist.
Easter Vigil Mass at the CathedralEaster Vigil Mass at the CathedralSAGINAW— The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, celebrated the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday, April 4, with the Rev. Andrew Boons at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw.

The Easter Vigil is a joyful night-watch by Christians who have gathered to celebrate the most important feast in the life of the Church – the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

The Vigil Mass begins outdoors with the blessing of the Easter fire. It is during the Vigil that more than 200 people across the diocese and thousands more around the world will join the Catholic Church as they receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and first Eucharist.
Easter Vigil Mass at the CathedralEaster Vigil Mass at the CathedralSAGINAW— The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, celebrated the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday, April 4, with the Rev. Andrew Boons at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw.

The Easter Vigil is a joyful night-watch by Christians who have gathered to celebrate the most important feast in the life of the Church – the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

The Vigil Mass begins outdoors with the blessing of the Easter fire. It is during the Vigil that more than 200 people across the diocese and thousands more around the world will join the Catholic Church as they receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and first Eucharist.
Easter SundayEaster SundaySAGINAW— The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, celebrated Mass on Easter Sunday, April 5, with the Rev. Andrew Boons at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw. On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. The Gospel account of the encounter of the first Christians with Our Risen Lord and his empty tomb is read during Mass. Easter SundayEaster SundaySAGINAW— The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, celebrated Mass on Easter Sunday, April 5, with the Rev. Andrew Boons at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw. On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. The Gospel account of the encounter of the first Christians with Our Risen Lord and his empty tomb is read during Mass.

 

 


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