Holy Week has started with the celebration of Palm Sunday Masses across the Archdiocese.

Archbishop Bernard Longley was principal celebrant at today’s 11.30am Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral (Sunday 10 April 2022).

It began outside, by the entrance to the crypt, with prayer, the reading of St Luke’s Gospel 19:28-40 and the blessing of palms.

A procession into the cathedral followed led by the choir and involving seminarians from St Mary’s College, Oscott, altar servers, clergy and parishioners.

Passion Sunday, or Palm Sunday as many people commonly know it, marks the beginning of Holy Week, a day we commemorate the triumphant arrival of Christ into Jerusalem just days before the crucifixion.

The Liturgical colour of the Palm Sunday Mass is red, symbolising the redemption in blood that Christ paid for the world.

Palms blessed on Palm Sunday are used in the procession of the day, then taken home by the faithful and used for personal devotion.

Read Archbishop Bernard's Homily

A Guide to Holy Week from the Bishops’ Conference

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Palm Sunday Mass 2022

Holy Week and Easter Liturgies at our Diocesan Mother Church, St Chad's Cathedral

You are also welcome to join via the cathedral's live stream facility on its website

Mass of Chrism - Wednesday 13 April at 11.30am (Clergy only this year).

Mass of Last Supper - Thursday 14 April at 7.30pm.

Walk of Witness - Good Friday 15 April. Starting at The Church at Carrs Lane at 10am.

Solemn Liturgy - Good Friday 15 April at 3pm.

Easter Vigil - Saturday 16 April at 8pm.

Easter Sunday - Sunday 17 April - Masses at 9.30am & 11.30am.

Easter Monday - Monday 18 April - Easter Monday Men's Mass at 10am. Open to all.