The Office of
Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff said in a statement
today that the Church’s Holy Week celebrations will begin April
9th--Palm Sunday--with the traditional blessing of palms and olive
branches. Following a procession, Pope Benedict will preside at the
Mass of the Lord’s Passion.
On Holy Thursday
morning in St. Peter’s Basilica, the Holy Father will concelebrate the
Chrism Mass with Cardinals Bishops and a number of priests from the
diocese of Rome.
The Holy See
called this concelebration “a sign of the close union between the
pastor of the Universal Church and his brothers in the priestly
the Easter Triduum will begin at the Basilica of St. John Lateran at
5.30 p.m. with the Mass of Our Lord's Last Supper, presided at by the
Holy Father. During the liturgy, the Pope will wash the feet of 12
place recalling Jesus own action at the Last Supper.
Those present will be invited to give alms for the victims of recent landslides in Maasin, Philippines.
the Blessed Sacrament will be transferred to the chapel of reposition,
where it will remain until Saturday night, signifying Jesus’ death and
On Good Friday,
Pope Benedict will preside at the celebration of the Passion of Our
Lord in the Vatican Basilica before leading the Stations of the Cross
at Rome’s Coliseum at 9.15 p.m. Following that, he will address the
gathered faithful and will impart his apostolic blessing.
The pinnacle of
the Holy Week celebrations, the Easter Vigil will begin at 10.00 p.m.
in St. Peter's Basilica, where the Pope will begin by blessing the new
fire in the atrium of the church.
then preside over the Mass and the Baptismal liturgies. He will
concelebrate with members of the College of Cardinals who are in Rome.
celebrations will conclude on Easter Sunday at 10.30 a.m., when the
Holy Father will celebrate Mass in St. Peter's Square, after which he
will impart the "Urbi et Orbi" blessing ("to the city and the world").
This historic blessing will be given from the central loggia of the Vatican Basilica.
Holy See has released its schedule for the celebration of Holy Week and
the Easter Triduum this year in the Vatican. Officials announced that
Pope Benedict himself will preside at the solemn events which mark the
holiest days on the Church calendar.