On Easter last year, New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan looked out on an empty St. Patrick’s Cathedral amid the pandemic and thought, “Oh my God, I don’t mind an empty tomb on Easter but an empty church?”
The Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, held during the afternoon of Good Friday, commemorates the Crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary.
Photos from 2021 Holy Week celebrations and services that took place in the Diocese of Brooklyn.
In a surprise move, Pope Francis on Holy Thursday celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper – one of the most sacred liturgies on the Catholic calendar – at the private apartment of Italian Cardinal Angelo Becciu, who resigned from his post earlier this year at the pope’s direct request.
Good Friday is the second day of the Easter Triduum on which Catholics commemorate the Crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary.
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper, held during the evening of Holy Thursday, commemorates the institution of the Eucharist as the true Body and Blood of Jesus Christ and the institution of the priesthood.
The sacred Easter Triduum — which marks the end of the Lenten season and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil — begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Held during the evening of Holy Thursday, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper is regarded as one of the most important Catholic liturgies of the year.
A guide to Holy Week and Easter Sunday services throughout Brooklyn and Queens.