Large crowds expected at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for Easter Mass
Easter is one of the most important and joyful celebrations for Christians around the world. It commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and the hope of eternal life for those who believe in him. For many Catholics in New York City, attending Easter Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a cherished tradition and a way of expressing their faith and gratitude.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest Gothic-style Catholic cathedral in the United States, and the seat of the archbishop of New York. It was built in 1858 and dedicated in 1879. It can accommodate up to 3,000 people, and hosts more than five million visitors every year. It is also a national historic landmark and a symbol of the Catholic presence in New York.
This year, Easter Sunday falls on April 9, 2023. The cathedral will offer several Masses throughout the day, starting from 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM. The most solemn and festive Mass will be at 10:15 AM, presided by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York. This Mass will also be broadcast live on PIX11 and online for those who cannot attend in person.
Due to the high demand for tickets for the 10:15 AM Mass, the cathedral has set up a lottery system for non-parishioners who wish to attend. The lottery is open from February 1 to March 24, 2023. Those who are selected will receive an email confirmation with their ticket information. Parishioners who are active and registered for at least one year can claim their tickets without entering the lottery.
The cathedral expects large crowds for all the Masses on Easter Sunday, especially for the 10:15 AM Mass. Those who plan to attend are advised to arrive early, dress appropriately, and follow the health and safety guidelines issued by the cathedral and the city. Masks and social distancing are still required inside the cathedral, and hand sanitizers are available at the entrances.
Easter Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral is not only a celebration of the resurrection of Christ, but also a celebration of the resilience and vitality of the Catholic community in New York City. Despite the challenges and hardships caused by the pandemic, wars, natural disasters, and social unrest, Catholics have remained faithful and hopeful in their Lord and Savior. They have also shown their love and compassion for their neighbors by supporting various charitable causes and initiatives.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral invites everyone to join them in celebrating Easter Mass this year, either in person or online. It is an opportunity to experience the beauty and solemnity of the liturgy, to listen to the inspiring words of Cardinal Dolan, to sing along with the magnificent choir and organ, and to pray together with fellow believers. It is also an opportunity to renew one’s faith and commitment to Christ, who died and rose for us.