Holy Week

*NEW: 2020 Holy Week Resources in light of COVID-19


What is Holy Week and what happens during this time?

The final week of preparation before Easter Sunday, these days recount Christ’s final days on earth. Traditionally on the Tuesday​ of Holy Week, the priests of the Archdiocese of Toronto gather for the Mass of Chrism held at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica.


​What is Palm Sunday?

Also called Passion Sunday, it is the Sunday before Easter. Palms are distributed as a reminder of Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem.​ In 2020, Palm Sunday falls on April 5th. The Mass from St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica will be available via livestream at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

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What is the Mass of Chrism?

Is a special Mass, held in Toronto at St. Michael’s Cathedral for the priests of the Archdiocese of Toronto, on the Tuesday of Holy Week. At the Chrism Mass the holy oils used in the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders and Sacrament of the Sick are blessed and supplied to the local parishes for use.

The Archdiocese of Toronto's Chrism Mass will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 10 a.m. at St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica. Please join us via livestream.

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What is the oil of Chrism made from?

Traditionally, the oil consists of a mixture of olive oil and balsam, however, if necessary, holy oils may be from any plant and not only from olives.