Catholic TV and EWTN Put Holy Week on the Screen (plus Family Theater!)

Holy_WeekEach Lent and Easter, TV networks and movie studios roll out TV movies and specials, and feature films, to capture the attention of the Christian audience. Click here for a rundown on a bunch of those from The Wall Street Journal.

But TV also provides a special service to Catholics, allowing us to attend all the Masses of Holy Week, the Triduum, virtually, if not in person. And even if we’re going to Mass on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Vigil of Easter on Saturday and Easter Sunday — and kudos to those of you who do them all! — we can see how it’s done in the Vatican and other parts of the country.

Available on air, online and on Roku or Google TV (which is slowly going extinct, but there is Android TV), CatholicTV, based in the Boston area, is offering a full lineup of Holy Week Masses (all times Eastern)


Here’s a look:

Holy Thursday

Chrism Mass from the Vatican (LIVE): 4:30 a.m.; rebroadcast at 3 p.m.

Mass of the Lord’s Supper with Pope Francis from Rome: (LIVE) noon, rebroadcast 10 p.m.

Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston: (LIVE) 7:30 p.m.

Good Friday

Stations of the Cross at 9:30 a.m.

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, St. Peter’s Basilica (Vatican Basilica) ;(LIVE) noon; rebroadcast 5 p.m.

Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston; (LIVE) 3 p.m., and 10 p.m.

Way of the Cross, Colosseo (Vatican): 8 p.m. and midnight

Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil)

Easter Vigil, St. Peter’s Basilica (Vatican Basilica) (LIVE): 3:30 p.m. rebroadcast 11:00 p.m.

The Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston (LIVE): 8 p.m.

Easter Sunday – The Resurrection of the Lord!

Easter Sunday Mass, St. Peter’s Square: (LIVE) 4 a.m.; 8 p.m.

Urbi et Orbi Easter Blessing, St. Peter’s Square: (LIVE) 6 a.m.; 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Easter Mass from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.: 6:30 a.m.

Easter Mass, La Santa Misa, with Cardinal Sean O’Malley: 8am; 5:30 p.m.; 10 p.m.

Easter Mass from Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Notre Dame: 10 a.m.

Easter Mass from San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio (bilingual): 4 p.m.

Easter Mass with Cardinal Sean O’Malley:  7 p.m.

EWTN (also available on air and online) is offering all the same Masses from the Vatican that CatholicTV is (at the same times Eastern for the live broadcasts — but I will say, if you’re DVRing the live broadcast, Pope Francis tends to be early, so DVR the show BEFORE the Mass is scheduled to begin, whether it’s on CatholicTV or EWTN).

Also, at 5:30 p.m. on Holy Thursday, EWTN has “Choral Meditations and the Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper” (probably from either the Hanceville shrine or the EWTN chapel). The primetime rebroadcast of the Mass from the Vatican is at 9:30 p.m.

On Good Friday, there’s “The Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion,” with the EWTN friars at 2:30 p.m.; and the “Stations of the Cross Presented by Comunica Cenacolo,” at 6 p.m.

On Holy Saturday, EWTN’s own “Easter Vigil Mass” is from 8-10:30 p.m.

The EWTN “Solemn Mass of Easter Sunday” is at 8 a.m. for 90 minutes, repeated at 7 p.m., after the “Urbi et Orbi” at 6 p.m.

And, by the way, Family Theater Productions’ own “Hill Number One” airs at 10:30 a.m. on EWTN.

The Korean war, and the battles that ensue, are correlated to Christ’s crucifixion on Golgotha; a dramatic re-mix of biblical and historical elements. Featuring James Dean.

Produced in 1951, it marked Dean’s film debut. In case you don’t get to see it on Sunday — we know you’ll be busy — here it is.

Image: Saints Peter and Paul Church, Bantayan, Cebu, Philippines, taken by Sherlock S. Sison, via Wikimedia Commons

Visit the Family Theater Productions homepage and Facebook page to learn more about how FTP is reaching out to Hollywood and producing its own projects.