More than 160 priests, more than 60 deacons, seven bishops — including Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron and Cardinal Adam J. Maida — and numerous faithful packing the pews made for a very full house for the annual Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, April 2.
Beautiful start to Holy Week with Palm Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. From Archbishop Vigneron’s homily: “Our carrying the palms is a profession that we do not think Jesus in his death is proved to be an imposter. Because we have faith, we carry the palms and by them profess that we recognize in the self-offering of Jesus the very essence of who he is as our king… With renewed devotion let us, all the days of this week, meditate on the events of the Lord’s Passover. So that, as the liturgy says, by being immersed in the Passover we will come to share in His glory.”
Pueri Cantores is the Vatican-endorsed international federation of youth choirs. Each year, Pueri Cantores organizes Choral Festivals and Masses in cathedrals and other churches around the United States. The singers join together as one large combined choir to prepare and present great liturgical music whose repertoire spans some 1,500 years.
Several hundred gathered to entrust Christians in the Middle East to the prayer and protection of the Holy Mother of God, Help of Christians and Queen of Peace.