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March 22. 2013 11:07PM

Holy Week marks coming of Easter

MANCHESTER - Manchester Bishop Peter A. Libasci will preside over Holy Week observances at St. Joseph Cathedral this week.

The public is invited to all ceremonies, which will be held at the cathedral, corner of Pine and Lowell streets.

Holy Week begins Palm Sunday with a 10:30 a.m. Mass.

The bishop will bless the oils used in the sacraments during the Chrism Mass at 6 p.m., Tuesday. Priests also will renew their vows at this Mass.

At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Monsignor Anthony R. Frontiero will celebrate the office of Tenebrae, which means "shadows." The service includes scripture readings and progressive extinguishing of 15 candles to evoke the coming death of Christ.

Holy Thursday observances begin at 7 p.m. with the Mass of the Lord's Supper. The Mass commemorates the institution of the priesthood and the Holy Eucharist.

Good Friday services begin at 3 p.m. with the commemoration of the Lord's Passion.

The Easter Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 8 p.m. on Holy Saturday.

The bishop will celebrate Easter Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.

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