FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16, 2019
DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN MARKS HOLY WEEK
WITH NUMEROUS SERVICES IN BROOKLYN AND QUEENS
The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will lead the Catholics of Brooklyn and Queens in numerous services during this Holy Week, to celebrate the essence of our faith – the Passion, Death and, Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Tonight, the Chrism Mass will be held at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located at 856 Pacific Street, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. During this Mass, which will begin at 7:30 p.m., Bishop DiMarzio will lead hundreds of priests and deacons in renewing their promises of service to the Church. The Bishop will also bless the oils that will be used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn during the year ahead.
On Holy Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m., Bishop DiMarzio will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, which commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist. The Mass will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James at 250 Cathedral Place in Downtown Brooklyn.
On Good Friday, April 19, there will be several large events to commemorate the Crucifixion and Death of Jesus Christ on the cross. The apostolic group Communion and Liberation will sponsor an outdoor procession, “Way of the Cross Over the Brooklyn Bridge” that begins at 10 a.m. with Bishop DiMarzio offering an opening prayer and reflection at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James, at 250 Cathedral Place in Downtown Brooklyn. The group will process over the Brooklyn Bridge to Ground Zero, symbolically walking the path of Jesus toward His Crucifixion. Along the way, the marchers will stop and pray the Stations of the Cross.
At 3:00 p.m. Bishop DiMarzio will preside over the Solemn Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Our Lord in English at Our Lady of The Miraculous Medal located at 62-81 60th Place in Ridgewood, Queens. Later that evening, the Bishop will lead the procession with the Italian community in the streets of Ridgewood. At 8 p.m. the procession will return to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church for the Liturgy of the Word and Veneration of the Cross in Italian.
On Holy Saturday, April 20, the Church commemorates the time Jesus spent in the tomb. Then, after sunset, Easter Vigil Services throughout Brooklyn and Queens will celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is the most important liturgy of the year. Services will begin in the dark and dramatically light up to symbolize the Risen Lord. This year, Bishop DiMarzio will celebrate the Easter Vigil at 8 p.m. at St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church located at 140-10 34th Avenue in Flushing, Queens.
On Easter Sunday, April 21, churches throughout Brooklyn and Queens will continue to celebrate the Resurrection. Bishop DiMarzio will be the main celebrant at Easter Sunday Mass at Noon at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph located at 856 Pacific Street in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.