18 April 2019

Holy Thursday and the Easter Triduum

Holy Thursday marks the end of Lent. On this day there are two celebrations: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The evening Mass is also called "Coena Domini" and marks the beginning of the Easter Triduum, the three days in which the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus are commemorated.

Holy Thursday
On Thursday, April 18th at 9.30am in St Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis will preside over the Chrism Mass, together with Patriarchs, Cardinals, Archbishops, Bishops and priests present in Rome. During the celebration, the Pope blesses the holy oils, or “chrisms”, that will be used to administer the Sacraments during the year. At 17.00 the Pope will celebrate Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper at Velletri Correctional Facility and carry will out the traditional washing of the feet.  Pope Francis will wash the feet of 12 prisoners.

Good Friday
On Friday, April 19th, the Church celebrates the Passion of the Lord, commemorating His crucifixion and death on Mount Calvary. In St Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis will preside over the Liturgy of the Word, the Adoration of the Cross, and the Communion Rite, starting at 5pm.
At 9.15pm, he will participate in the “Via Crucis, or Way of the Cross, at the Colosseum, at the end of which he will give a reflection and impart his Apostolic Blessing.

Holy Saturday
The Easter Vigil takes place on Saturday, April 20th, beginning at 8.30pm. After blessing the new fire in the atrium of St Peter's Basilica, and after the processional entrance with the Easter candle and the singing of the “Exsultet” (or “Easter Proclamation”), the Pope will preside over the Liturgy of the Word, the Baptismal Liturgy and the Celebration of the Eucharist.

Easter Sunday

Pope Francis will celebrate Easter Mass in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, April 21st at 10am. At the end of the celebration, he will impart the “Urbi et Orbi” Blessing, on the City of Rome and the World, from the central loggia of St Peter’s Basilica.

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