Bishop Duca issues guidance on upcoming Holy Week and Easter Services

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Bishop Michael Duca of the Diocese of Baton Rouge has issued guidelines to clergy and deacons in regards to Holy Week, the Triduum and Easter Sunday.

Bishop Duca has directed that all services be private in nature. According to Bishop Duca, services ought to be restricted to a priest, a deacon, and a minimal number of assisting ministers, such as a lector and a cantor. With the extension of Gov. Edwards stay at home order till April 30, the Bishop has extended the suspension of masses, liturgies, and devotionals until the same date.

“I have moved carefully so we can consider all aspects of our actions during this time. Now that our stay-at-home directive has been increased to encompass all of April, I will continue to review our policies as reality dictates throughout the month,” Bishop Duca said. “This has been an extraordinary Lenten Season to say the least, but the disruption of our liturgical life these past few weeks is not unprecedented in the history of the Church. The Paschal mystery of Christ’s dying and rising, I have found, reveals a depth of grace that has become even more real to me in these challenging days.”

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday on April 5.The Bishop will bless the palms at 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral. According to Bishop Duca, palms will not be blessed at any other locations, in accordance with directives issued by the Holy See that state that palms are to be blessed at cathedral churches only. The palms blessed at the cathedral will not be available for the public.

The Bishop has also postponed the Chrism Mass. The liturgies associated with Holy Thursday and Good Friday have been shortened to align with the Bishop’s directives. All activities related to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) have also been postponed.

There will be numerous live-streamed events available at www.catholiclifetv.org. Find the service time below:

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Mass from St. Joseph Cathedral with Bishop Michael Duca

Sunday, April 5, 2020

10:30 a.m., and repeated at Noon, 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Holy Thursday of the Lord’s Supper

Mass from St. Joseph Cathedral with Bishop Michael Duca

Thursday April 9, 2020

6:00 p.m.

Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)

From St. Joseph Cathedral with Bishop Michael Duca

3:00 p.m.

The Easter Vigil of the Holy Night (Holy Saturday)

Mass from St. Joseph Cathedral with Bishop Michael Duca

Saturday, April 11, 2020

8:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Mass from St. Joseph Cathedral with Bishop Michael Duca

Sunday, April 12, 2020

10:30 a.m., and repeated at Noon, 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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