The Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise has published details of ceremonies for Holy Week 2017. Many services will be held in Saint Mel’s Cathedral, Longford, during the Easter Triduum.
Bishop Francis Duffy, Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise, will celebrate the Chrism Mass in Saint Mel’s Cathedral at 11.00am on Holy Thursday, joined by the priests of the diocese. During that Mass, Bishop Duffy will bless the holy oils that will be used at baptisms, confirmations, ordinations and the anointing of the sick during the year ahead. There will be no other morning Masses in Saint Mel’s Cathedral of in Saint Joseph’s Hospital
The Mass of Our Lord’s Supper will be celebrated in Saint Mel’s Cathedral this evening at 7.30pm. The Mass will be followed by Confessions from 8.30pm until 9.00pm and prayer before the Altar of Repose until midnight.
On Good Friday, the Celebration of Our Lord’s Passion will be held at 3.00pm in Saint Mel’s Cathedral. Stations of the Cross will be held in the Cathedral at 7.30pm followed by Confessions until 9.00pm. Following Confessions, Taizé prayers will be said around the cross until 10.00pm.
Confessions will take place in Saint Mel’s Cathedral from 10:30am until 6.00pm on Holy Saturday. The Easter Vigil will be celebrated at 9.00pm.
Dawn Mass on Easter Sunday will be celebrated at 5.45am in the Famine grounds behind Saint Joseph’s Hospital. Mass will also be celebrated in Saint Mel’s Cathedral at 10.00am, 11.30am and 1.00pm; Saint Anne’s Church, Curry, at 9.30am; Saint Michael’s Church, Shroid, at 10.30am; and in Saint Joseph’s Hospital at 11.00am.
For more information on Holy Week Ceremonies in the diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise see www.ardaghdiocese.com.