Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Diocese of Arlington, to Celebrate Holy Week Masses and Liturgies, Beginning with Palm Sunday and Culminating in the Easter Sunday Mass, at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, Va.

ARLINGTON, Va. - Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Catholic Diocese of Arlington, will celebrate Holy Week Masses and liturgies, beginning with Palm Sunday, April 10, and culminating in the Easter Sunday Mass Sunday, April 17, at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, Va.

“During this sacred season of Easter, I pray that Our Lord's presence and triumph fill your hearts with peace and joy. When the risen Christ appears to the disciples, his first words to them are 'Peace be with you.' We should focus intently on these important words-they were proclaimed for a reason,” said Bishop Burbidge. “Whenever we find ourselves at peace, we know the Lord is there and we are experiencing the victory won on Calvary, his victory over sin and death. May we joyfully and courageously carry his saving peace and graces to our hurting world. This is my prayer for you and your family during this holy season of Easter. May God bless you and your families and fill you with his peace at Easter and always.”

Holy Week Masses & Liturgies, Celebrant, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge
(Holy Week homilies will be posted on the Diocese's homepage at following the Masses.)

Mass of Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 10, 11 a.m. 

*Chrism Mass
Thursday, April 14, 10:30 a.m.
(This Mass will also be livestreamed on the Catholic Diocese of Arlington's YouTube channel here.)

Mass of the Lord's Supper 
Thursday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.
(This Mass will also be livestreamed on the Catholic Diocese of Arlington's YouTube channel here.)

Passion of the Lord
Friday, April 15, 3 p.m.

Easter Vigil Mass
Saturday, April 16, 8:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday Mass
Sunday, April 17, 9 a.m.

The Cathedral of St. Thomas More
3901 Cathedral Lane
Arlington, Va. 22203

*The Chrism Mass is the solemn liturgy at which Bishop Burbidge will consecrate the Sacred Chrism and bless the holy oils used for sacramental anointing in parishes across the Diocese. 

Interested media, contact Amber Roseboom, Director of Media Relations, Catholic Diocese of Arlington, at 571-215-8731 or

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The Catholic Diocese of Arlington was established on August 13, 1974, and is home to 70 parishes and more than 460,000 Catholics. There are currently 276 priests serving in the Diocese and 49 seminarians discerning a priestly vocation. The Diocese has 37 parish (K-8) schools, one virtual school, four diocesan high schools, five independent Catholic schools and three free-standing (not connected with a parish school) pre-schools, serving more than 16,800 students. 

Geographically, the Diocese includes the seven cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas, Manassas Park, and Winchester and the 21 counties of Arlington, Clarke, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, King George, Lancaster, Loudoun, Madison, Northumberland, Orange, Page, Prince William, Rappahannock, Richmond, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Warren and Westmoreland.