Easter Vigil - Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord

Event Date/Time: 
Saturday, March 26, 2016 (All day)

The climax of the Triduum and the whole liturgical year begins with the Easter Vigil. There are four parts to the vigil which begins after sundown on Holy Saturday. The first is the lighting of the Paschal candle, blessed and lit from the Easter fire, then carried into the church as “The Light of Christ.” The darkened church becomes alight as the Exsultet or Easter Proclamation is sung. Next, we begin the Liturgy of the Word which proclaims salvation history from creation through Christ’s resurrection. After the seventh (yes, seven!) reading from the Old Testament, the altar candles are lit, the Gloria is sung and the church bells ring. The eighth reading describes our dying and rising with Christ in baptism from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans. We sing Alleluia, which we haven’t heard during Lent, as we prepare to hear the Gospel proclaimed. The third part of the Vigil is the Baptismal Liturgy. The Paschal candle is brought to the baptismal font to bless the water used for the baptism(s) that follow. Keeping with the Easter theme of dying and rising, the elect (those being baptized) die to their old life and are alive with Christ as new Christians through baptism. We all renew our baptismal promises as well. We renounce sin and profess our faith. All of those entering the Church are confirmed through the Sacrament of Confirmation. The fourth part of the Easter Vigil is the Liturgy of the Eucharist where the newly baptized and confirmed join us at the table of the Lord for the first time. It is the sacrament we receive again and again reminding us that we are to be Christ for others. At the end of the Easter Vigil, we are “dismissed” and sent to serve others.

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Good Friday of the Lord's Passion

Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord's Supper, Begin Easter Triduum

Chrism Mass - 2016

Event Date/Time: 
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer invites all to participate in the Mass of the Blessing of the Oils and the Consecration of the Chrism at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah.

The bishop celebrates the Chrism Mass annually to provide the holy oils for the celebration of the sacraments—the oil of the sick, the oil of catechumens and the sacred Chrism that will be used in the Sacrament of Confirmation as well as in the Baptism of children and the ordination of bishops and priests.

About 80 priests are expected to concelebrate and renew their commitments to priestly service during this Mass, which is one of the most solemn and significant liturgies of the church year.

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Tenebrae - Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Tenebrae service will be celebrated at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah for the first time in over 40 years.
Bishop Hartmayer will be the celebrant for the service; it will also be livestreamed.

The name Tenebrae (the Latin word for “darkness” or “shadows”) has for centuries been applied to the ancient monastic night and early morning services (Matins and Lauds) of the last three days of Holy Week, which in medieval times came to be celebrated on the preceding evenings. Apart from the chant of the Lamentations (in which each verse is introduced by a letter of the Hebrew alphabet), the most conspicuous feature of the service is the gradual extinguishing of candles and other lights in the church until only a single candle, considered a symbol of our Lord, remains. Toward the end of the service this candle is hidden, typifying the apparent victory of the forces of evil. At the very end, a loud noise is made, symbolizing the earthquake at the time of the resurrection (Matthew 28:2), the hidden candle is restored to its place, and by its light all depart in silence. In this book, provision is made for Tenebrae on Wednesday evening only, in order that the proper liturgies of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday may find their place as the principal services of those days. By drawing upon material from each of the former three offices of Tenebrae, this service provides an extended meditation upon, and a prelude to, the events in our Lord’s life between the Last Supper and the Resurrection.


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Celtic Cross Mass

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Sunday, March 13, 2016 -
11:30am to 12:30pm

Homilist: Fr. Jason Adams

Location: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist - 222 East Harris Street, Savannah, Georgia

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Feast of St. Patrick Mass - 2016

Event Date/Time: 
Thursday, March 17, 2016 -
8:00am to 9:00am

St. Patrick's Day Mass:

Thursday, March 17, 8:00 am - Doors will open at 7:00 a.m. Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv. will celebrate the feast day Mass with Reverend Finbarr Patrick Stanton, a native of Cork City, Ireland and retired priest of the Diocese of Savannah, serving as the homilist. Priests of the Diocese of Savannah will concelebrate.

Location: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist - 222 East Harris Street, Savannah, Georgia

St. Patrick's Day Mass TV coverage:

WTOC-TV will air the St. Patrick's Day Mass live from the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist beginning at 8 a.m. Fr. Jeremiah McCarthy, pastor of St. Anne Church in Columbus, will provide commentary on the Mass with WTOC's news team. You can also watch the Mass live at diosav.org/livestream.

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25th Annual Tara Feis

Event Date/Time: 
Saturday, March 12, 2016 -
11:00am to 4:00pm

The Irish arts and cultural festival for the family, will take place on Saturday, March 12th, from 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. at Emmet Park on Bay Street. No admission charge. See a schedule of events here.

Free arts, crafts, children’s rides and entertainment.

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2015 Gartland Awards

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Sunday, November 22, 2015 -
11:30am to 1:00pm

South Georgians will receive the Bishop Gartland Service Award at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist Sunday, November 22. The men and women will be honored for the service they provide to their parishes and communities in South Georgia. Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., will confer the awards during the 11:30 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral and will present them with certificates at a reception following Mass in Sister Jude Walsh Hall.

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Lumen Christi - Misa y entrega del premio

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Sunday, November 8, 2015 -
10:00am to 3:00pm

El Padre Fredy será homenajeado durante una celebración de la comunidad en el Camp Tygart en Ray City el 8 de noviembre. La celebración iniciará con una misa las 10 a.m. celebrada por el obispo Hartmayer, seguida de una recepción.

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