Cathedral of Mary Our Queen
Palm Sunday of the
Passion of the Lord
March 29, 2015

Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of The Lord! Hosanna in the highest! John 3:14-21

Fellowship Sunday Social
March 29,2015
The Evangelization Committee will host Sunday's social after the 8:30AM Mass in the Undercroft.
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Confirmation Service is Sunday, April 19th at 3:00PM.

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Friday, April 3rd 6:00 PM Stations in the Main Church followed by Lenten Dinner in the Undercroft. Please contact Shirley Davis at

Friday, April 17th 5:30-8:00 PM Rescheduled [due to snow] showing of “The Butler” beginning with 5:30 Mass and then view-ing the movie with supper in the Parish Center. Please contact Carol Gould at These will be wonderful opportunities to bring our Parish together Fridays in Lent [and beyond]. Keep an eye out for details in bulletin inserts and the website over the coming weeks! With any general questions or to volunteer, please feel free to call Carol Gould at 443-956-9431.

Good Friday Walking Stations of the Cross—Friday, April 3, 2015 Bishop Denis Madden and St. Benedict Parish invite you to join us for our annual Good Friday Walk-ing Stations of the Cross. Participants gather at 10:15AM at the Wilkens Avenue Church entrance. The walk will begin at 10:30AM. Walk with us as we witness to our community by following the Way of the Cross, commemorating Jesus’ journey to Calvary. Volunteers who would like to assist as greet-ers, readers, song leaders, or cross carriers, please contact Joe Ford by email at

“The Science Behind the Shroud of Turin” The Baltimore Guild Catholic Medical Association (BGCMA) invites you to join them for an Easter season presentation by Jess Socrates, MD on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at CMOQ. Parish Mass at 8:15AM. Continental breakfast and presentation in the Parish Center at 9AM. RSVP at $10.00 donation appreciated.

"Music Notes"

The text of our closing hymn today, "O Sacred Head Surrounded," is ascribed to Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153), but some scholars now attribute it to the Medieval poet Arnulf of Louvain (c. 1200-1250), as the collection of poems that contains the text only began to appear in Bernard's collected works some two hundred years after his death. Any documents that could have shed light on the origin were probably destroyed in the French Revolution when all the monasteries were suppressed.

The melody we sing for this text was originally written by Hans Leo Hassler around 1600 for a secular love song, "Mein G’müt ist mir verwirret." Johann Crüger adapted the melody in 1656 to fit a German translation of Bernard's text prepared by Paul Gerhardt. Johann Sebastian Bach arranged the melody and used five stanzas of the hymn in his St. Matthew Passion. Bach also used the melody with different words in his Christmas Oratorio. The hymn was first translated into English in 1752 by John Gambold, and the translation in our hymnal was prepared by Henry Baker (1821-1877).

I find it fascinating to consider the evolution of sacred music as found in this hymn. Several hundred years after the text was written, someone combined it with a popular tune to create a piece of music that now is considered an old traditional standard in our sacred repertoire. While it might seem scandalous now to fit sacred words to a tune by Taylor Swift or One Direction (my niece's two favorite artists), which texts might people still be singing in two hundred years? Will they be using the same melodies we know, or might Adele be the next Hassler? Hmmm……


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Cathedral of Mary Our Queen Schedule for Holy Week 2015

Confessions, March 27 (3-8 PM*)
*Childcare will be provided

Palm Sunday MARCH 28 Mass: 5 PM

MARCH 29 Masses: 8:30 AM, 11 AM with Archbishop Lori, Celebrant Chrism Mass,

March 30 Mass at 7:30 PM with Archbishop Lori, Celebrant

Confessions, March 31 4:30-5:30 PM and 6-7 PM* *These are the last confessions before Easter

Holy Thursday, April 2 Morning Prayer: 8:15 AM in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 7:30 PM with Archbishop Lori, Celebrant
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until Midnight, closing with Night Prayer

Good Friday, April 3
Morning Prayer: 8:15 AM in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel

Solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Passion: 3 PM
with Archbishop Lori, Celebrant
Youth Stations of the Cross: 6 PM
Stations of the Cross: 7:30 PM

Holy Saturday, April 4
Morning Prayer: 8:15 AM in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Blessing of Easter Foods: 12:30 PM in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel (no 5 PM Mass)
Solemn Easter Vigil Mass: 8 PM with Archbishop Lori, Celebrant

Easter Sunday, April 5 Masses: 8 AM, 9:15 AM and 11 AM

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We have been notified that starting Monday November 10 the Baltimore City Department of Transportation will begin to replace sidewalks and resurface the road surface on Charles Street from Northern Pkwy South to the intersection of Homeland Ave. It is expected to take 90 days to complete the work so please plan for possible delays when traveling to the Cathedral and Cathedral School.