Guidelines for Holy Week & Easter

General Guidelines for the celebration of Holy Week & Easter

Holy Week which leads to Easter is the heart of the liturgical year. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the Archdiocese of Edmonton offers the following guidelines for Holy Week and the Paschal Triduum.

Parishes are taking all necessary precautions to keep everyone safe. If you are healthy and able, and if your home parish has space for you, it is best to attend these liturgies in person.

The Archdiocese is encouraging the faithful, who cannot attend in-person in their own church, to participate in the live-streamed celebrations presided over by Archbishop Richard Smith during Holy Week and the Paschal Triduum as a sign of unity. The livestreamed Archdiocesan liturgies will be broadcast on YouTube and Facebook at St. Joseph’s Basilica.

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, March 28, 10:30 a.m.

Chrism Mass (Monday of Holy Week), March 29, 4 p.m.

Holy Thursday April 1, 7 p.m. with Archbishop Smith

Good Friday, April 2, 3 p.m. with Archbishop Smith

Holy Saturday and Easter Vigil, April 3, 2:30 p.m. Blessing of the Easter Food. 9 p.m., Easter Vigil with Archbishop Smith

Easter Sunday, 10:30 a.m. with Archbishop Smith


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