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Pope's liturgical schedule for Holy Week and Easter

April 14, 2011

The Vatican’s liturgical office has confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI will preside at the traditional liturgical celebrations of Holy Week and Easter.

  • On Palm Sunday, April 17, the Holy Father will lead the blessing of palms, the procession into St. Peter’s Square, and Mass. The celebration will coincide with the 26th World Youth Day.
  • On Holy Thursday, the Pope will celebrate the Chrism Mass in St. Peter’s basilica in the morning. In the evening he will open the Easter Triduum with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the basilica of St. John Lateran. The Vatican has announced that a special collection will be taken up at that Mass for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
  • On Good Friday, the Pope will lead the observance of the Lord’s Passion in the Vatican basilica in the afternoon. That evening he will preside at the Stations of the Cross in the Roman Coliseum.
  • The Easter Vigil ceremonies will begin at 9 in the evening of April 23, with the Pope again presiding in St. Peter’s basilica. On Easter Sunday morning he will celebrate Mass in St. Peter’s Square, then deliver the Urbi et Orbi blessing from the loggia of the basilica at midday.


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