Catholic New World: Newspaper for the Archdiocese of Chicago

Faithful walk path from Holy Week to Easter

Catholics from all corners of the archdiocese made the journey through Holy Week with processions and prayers, starting with memorials of Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Holy Tuesday brought the annual Chrism Mass, when the holy oils that will be used throughout the year were consecrated, and priests washed the feet of their parishioners on Holy Thursday, in imitation of Jesus' service to his disciples at the Last Supper.

On Good Friday, Mass is not celebrated, but many worshippers participated in indoor and outdoor Ways of the Cross and listened to the reading of the Passion at Good Friday services. Holy Saturday included the Eastern European tradition of the blessing of the Easter baskets-filled with food to be prepared for Easter dinner, not just eggs and candy-before the Easter Vigil Mass, the culmination of the liturgical year.