Holy Week in the Cathedral



Programme of celebrations and concerts 2024




Saturday 23 March


4 pm Eucharist Palm Sunday

5.30 pm Eucharist Palm Sunday in English



Sunday 24 March: Palm Sunday


10 am Eucharist Palm Sunday with the bishop

(Start in good weather at the Bishop's House)

11.45 am Cathedral Academy

5 pm Vespers in the choir stalls



Wednesday 27 March


7.30 pm Introduction before the concert by parish priest Bart Paepen

8 pm Passion concert in the high choir



Thursday 28 March: Maundy Thursday


10 am Chrism Mass with blessing of the oils by the bishop

8 pm Institution of the Eucharist

(no evening Mass at 4 pm)



Friday 29 March: Good Friday


3 pm Adoration of the cross

8 pm St John Passion in liturgical context

(no usual adoration, no mass at 4 pm)



Saturday 30 March: Holy Saturday


9 pm Easter Vigil

(no celebrations at 4 pm and at 5.30 pm)



Sunday 31 March: Easter Sunday


10 am Easter celebration with a professional choir

12 am Easter celebration in English

5 pm Pontifical Vespers in the central nave



Monday 1 April: Easter Monday


5 pm Easter concert on the Metzler organ






Concert programmes

Passion concert on 27 March


Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater

Antonio Vivaldi: Nisi Dominus & Nulla in mundo pax sincera

Elise Caluwaerts - soprano

Anastasiia Staroselska - mezzo-soprano

string quartet and organ




Organ concert on 1 April


Music by Johann Sebastian Bach 

Peter Van de Velde - Metzler organ





During the weekend of Palm Sunday, there is palm blessing before each celebration. The consecrated palm is available for those who wish.