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On Wednesday of Holy Week, we gather for the traditional office of Tenebrae, from the Latin for "shadows." One by one, the candles of the Tenebrae candelabra are extinguished until only one candle remains burning.

The Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday commemorates the institution of the Eucharist. The Mass concludes with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, continuing until Midnight.

The Office of Morning Prayer on Good Friday

The men of the Cathedral Choir at Morning Prayer

Father Dan Horan, OFM preached on the Seven Last Words of Christ at the Tre Ore service on Good Friday.

The Celebration of the Lord's Passion on Good Friday begins with the prostration of the clergy at the altar.

The Solemn Veneration of the Cross

Holy Communion on Good Friday

The Easter fire

Archbishop Sartain prepares the Easter candle. "Christ yesterday and today!"

"May the light of Christ, rising in glory, dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds."
Photo by Ted Ipsen

"Lumen Christi!" "Light of Christ!"

Photo by Ted Ipsen

During the Liturgy of the Word, nine Scripture readings are proclaimed, beginning with the account of creation from Genesis. Photo by Ted Ipsen

The Cathedral choir sings the psalmody by candlelight during the vigil. Photo by C. Laughlin.

Archbishop Sartain preaches at the Easter Vigil. Photo by Ted Ipsen

The font is prepared for the baptism of the Elect.

The Blessing of the Font.

For our Elect, months of preparation lead to the moment of baptism.

The godparents light the baptismal candles of the Elect.

The sacrament of Confirmation.

The newly-baptized and confirmed share the light with the entire assembly.

Congratulations to our neophytes!

Golden banners on Easter morning!

At Vespers, Father Ryan greets the newly-baptized at the font.

Father Ryan proclaims the good news--Christ is risen. The revolution has begun!

The sprinkling with baptismal water on Easter Sunday.


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Seattle, Washington  98104
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