It was the strangest Holy Week in recent memory throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn.
It’s a Holy Week like no other. No in-person Masses, Holy Thursday processions to the altar of repose, communal veneration of the cross, or gathering with fellow parishioners outside, in the dark, faces lit by fire as the Easter Vigil begins.
No U.S. Catholic bishop has been associated more closely with religious liberty than Archbishop William Lori and he has a message for Catholics who think the current suspension of the sacraments due to the COVID-19 pandemic is a violation of religious liberty: It’s not – and to argue otherwise puts lives at risk.
With a small procession down the vast and empty central nave of St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis began the first of a series of Holy Week liturgies celebrated without the presence of the faithful from the general public.
Don’t expect any palms this Passion Sunday. And distribution of palms later in the year might not happen, either, according to Rita Thiron, executive director of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions.
The best-laid plans of Catholics across the country have been upended, as colleges and universities are now canceling commencement ceremonies and a range of high profile conference and gatherings have been nixed, postponed, or switched to new formats as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio celebrated Holy Thursday Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Downtown Brooklyn while Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros celebrated at Holy Child Jesus Church in Richmond Hill which were just part of the many celebrations around the diocese.
A guide to Holy Week and Easter Sunday services throughout Brooklyn and Queens.
Holy Week events that took place throughout the diocese.
Residents of Glendale and Ridgewood marked Good Friday with a solemn street procession.