The Faithful within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange recently celebrated Holy Week, the most sacred period of the Liturgical Calendar.
BISHOP KEVIN W. VANN CELEBRATES THE CHRISM MASS ON MONDAY, APRIL 11 AT CHRIST CATHEDRAL, GARDEN GROVE. PHOTO COURTESY OF STEVEN GEORGES/DIOCESE OF ORANGE
FR. EUGENE LEE, PASTOR OF ST. THOMAS MORE CATHOLIC CHURCH, IRVINE, WASHES THE FEET OF A PARISHIONER ON HOLY THURSDAY, APRIL 14. PHOTO COURTESY OF KIERNAN COLIFLORES/ DIOCESE OF ORANGE
Holy Season 2022 observances included Palm Sunday [April 10], which observes Jesus’ return to Jerusalem and marks the beginning of Holy Week; Chrism Mass [April 11], where sacred oils are blessed; the observance of the Sacred Triduum [Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday] followed by the Resurrection of the Lord on Easter Sunday [April 17].
GOOD FRIDAY IS OBSERVED ON APRIL 15 AT STS. SIMON & JUDE IN HUNTINGTON BEACH. PHOTO COURTESY OF KIERNAN COLIFLORES/DIOCESE OF ORANGE
One celebration unique to Orange County is the annual Blessing of the Streets, which began in 1993 in response to a surge in violence and gang-related shootings in Santa Ana.
Many of the services and Masses throughout the Diocese were celebrated in-person as well as livestreamed.
EASTER SUNDAY MASS IS CELEBRATED AT ST. MICHAEL’S ABBEY, SILVERADO CANYON ON APRIL 17. PHOTO COURTESY OF STEVEN GEORGES/DIOCESE OF ORANGE