Cardinal Egan ready to go

Cardinal Egan will celebrate Mass for Holy Thursday at 5:30 p.m. today at St. Patrick’s.

His role in Holy Week had been unclear because of two health scares.

The cardinal also plans to participate in tomorrow’s Good Friday service at noon, when he will preach on the Seven Last Words of Christ.

And he expects to celebrate Easter Mass at 10:15 a.m. (when tickets are required).

As you know by now, the cardinal was hospitalized Saturday with stomach pain. Subsequent tests showed that he will need a pacemaker, but the procedure has been temporarily put off.

Egan was released from St. Vincent’s Hospital Tuesday and has been resting up at home.

So he will take part in his last Holy Week as archbishop — yes, officially, he is now “administrator” of the archdiocese — before Archbishop Timothy Dolan takes charge next week.

Cardinal released from hospital

Cardinal Egan was released from St. Vincent’s Hospital at 2:30 p.m., but no decision has been made about whether he will participate in Holy Week services at the cathedral.

According to a release, the cardinal’s stomach pains “had eased sufficiently.” He was allowed to return to his residence behind St. Patrick’s for rest and to recuperate.

No date has been set for the implant of a pacemaker.

Egan was hospitalized Saturday with a stomach ailment. Subsequent tests showed that he would need a pacemaker.

Egan recovering, awaiting pacemaker

If you didn’t hear yesterday, Cardinal Egan became ill Saturday and was admitted to St. Vincent’s Hospital with stomach pains.

Subsequent tests showed that he needs a pacemaker.

Surgery had been scheduled for this morning, but was postponed until the cardinal regains his strength.

It’s not clear whether he will participate in Holy Week services at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Egan, who turned 77 last week, is of course scheduled to retire next week when Archbishop Tim Dolan is installed as his successor.

Easter is when? Why? And what about St. Pat’s Day?

And St. Patrick’s Day is…

March 17, right? That’s when the NYC Parade will be.

Or March 14, when churches in the Archdiocese of New York will celebrate the Mass associated with St. Patrick?

tjndc5-5e07qc8fe3c14gp7so55_layout.jpgI have an article running in the next few days about how Catholic dioceses have had to reschedule the liturgical St. Patrick’s Day this year because March 17 falls on the Monday of Holy Week.

Easter is extremely early this year, on March 23. So Holy Week, the week that begins with Palm Sunday and leads to Easter, is also early, backing up onto ‘ol St. Patrick.

The reason for Easter’s early arrival is, well, complicated.

A fourth century church council wanted to keep Easter near Passover and decided that Easter would be the first Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox. Got that?

The system hasn’t exactly worked, though. Passover this year begins on April 19.

There has been talk for decades of the major Christian traditions agreeing to set Easter on the same date every year. The Orthodox Christian churches use an entirely different calendar and will celebrate Easter this year on April 27 — a full five weeks after the Western churches.

A 1997 summit of church leaders set the stage for deciding on a new universal Easter date, but…these things tend to take a while.

Next year Easter will return to April 12.

And Holy Week won’t overlap with St. Patty’s Day again until 2160.