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Cardinal Tagle Leads Holy Week Activities at Manila Cathedral

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will usher in the Holy Week on March 20 at the Manila Cathedral, the mother church of the Archdiocese of Manila, with the celebration of the Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. He will bless the palms at 7 a.m. and preside at the Mass that follows.

The Easter Triduum starts on Holy Thursday, March 26, with the Mass of the Chrism at 7 a.m., preceded by the Morning Prayer. All priests of the Archdiocese of Manila attend this Mass which celebrates the institution of the priesthood. Parishioners from all over the archdiocese attend this Mass where the holy oils used for the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Orders and the anointing of the sick are blessed.

At 5 p.m. on Holy Thursday, the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper is celebrated where the institution of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is recalled. A part of this Liturgy includes the Washing of the Feet. It was at the Last Supper that Jesus washed the feet of his apostles, telling them “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet” (John 13:14).

This year Cardinal Tagle will wash the feet of 12 persons highlighting the importance of the elections and also giving recognition to people with disabilities, the youth, the women, the religious sisters and the people who serve others through their loyal labor.

Those whose feet will be washed include Comelec Chairperson Andres Bautista, PPCRV coordinator for the Archdiocese of Manila Jun Ochiangco, two Persons with Disabilities (PWD), two young people; two religious sisters; two women, and two from the Cardinal’s household—his driver and his family’s kasambahay for 30 years.

On Good Friday, the Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion starts at 3 p.m., to be followed by the Veneration of the Cross. The Reflections on the Seven Last Words will be held at 12 noon to 3 p.m. The Stations of the Cross will be held at 8:30 a.m.

The Easter Vigil (the mother of all vigils) will start at 8 p.m.

There will be confessions at the Manila Cathedral on Holy Tuesday, Holy Wednesday, Holy Thursday and Good Friday.