The Paschal Triduum (Easter Triduum)
The summit of the liturgical year is the Easter Triduum, which begins on the evening of Holy Thursday and ends 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 single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.
Mass of the Lord's Supper at Mid-day
Rev. Msgr. W. Ronald Jameson, Cathedral Rector, celebrates the Mass of the Lord's Supper at 12:10pm on Holy Thursday, April 1. Join us in the Cathedral as we prepare to begin the Easter Triduum. The Cathedral opens at 11:30am (no reservations; 150-person maximum capacity). There is no 11:30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament today (see below re 7:00pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament).
Schedule for Holy Thursday
- 11:30am The Cathedral opens.
- 12:10pm | Mass of the Lord's Supper (The Cathedral closes immediately after Mass.)
- 4:45pm The Cathedral reopens.
- 5:30pm | Mass of the Lord's Supper with Washing of the Feet, Cardinal Wilton Gregory, Archbishop of Washington (Schola quartet and organ)
Cathedral YouTube | Program | Readings
- 7:00pm | Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (main altar)
- 7:30pm | Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament (The Cathedral closes immediately after Reposition.)