LAKE CHARLES — The Most Reverend Bishop Glen John Provost will celebrate the Sacred Triduum — Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil — in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 935 Bilbo Street.
On Palm Sunday, April 2, Bishop Provost will bless the palms before 9:30 a.m. Mass in the Cathedral. Other Masses of the Cathedral are 4:00 p.m. Vigil Mass (April 1), 7:30 a.m. (Sunday), 11:15 a.m. (Sunday), and 12:45 p.m. (Sunday) in accordance with the Rubrics of 1962.
The Bishop will be the celebrant of the Chrism Mass in the Cathedral at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5, with the priests of the Diocese as concelebrants. At this Mass, the Holy Oils — Oil of the Sick, Oil of Catechumens, and Oil of Chrism — used during the year are prepared and blessed.
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper is celebrated at 7:00 p.m. on Holy Thursday, April 6. It is at this Mass were the commemoration of the Institution of the Eucharist and the Priesthood is celebrated. Following the Mass, the Blessed Sacrament will be available for Eucharistic Adoration in the St. Bernadette Oratory until midnight.
The Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Good Friday, April 7. The service begins with the Liturgy of the Word, followed by Veneration of the Cross with the faithful recognizing the “Cross of Christ” as their only hope of salvation. The celebration concludes with Holy Communion.
On Good Friday, the Cathedral Parish will participate in the Seven Church Walk that begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Convent of Saint Martin de Porres, 1414 Martha Street. The walk, bases on the Seven Last Words of Christ, will conclude at the Cathedral at approximately 1:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 2:00 p.m., followed by the Chaplet of Divine Mercy that will begin the Novena of Divine Mercy, ending just before the Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion at 3:00 p.m.
The second day of the Divine Mercy Novena will be prayed at the Cathedral at 3:00 p.m. on Holy Saturday (April 8) followed by offering of the Sacrament of Reconciliation ending at 4:30 p.m.
The Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 8, will begin at 8:00 p.m. in the Cathedral with the Service of Light outside the church.
Cathedral Mass times for Easter Sunday, April 9, are 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:15 a.m., with Mass in accordance with the Rubrics of 1962 at 12:45 p.m. Bishop Provost is schedules to celebrate the 9:30 a.m. Solemn Mass on Easter.
Diocesan offices hours for Holy Week are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, April 3, 4, and 5. Offices will be closed on Holy Thursday and Good Friday, April 6 and 7, as well as Easter Monday, April 10, reopening on at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11.