As the Lenten season draws closer toward Holy Week, the Vatican on Tuesday released details of the programme of celebrations for Holy Week at which Pope Francis will preside. A note from the Master of Pontifical Liturgical Ceremonies, Msgr. Guido Marini, indicates the following:
- On 28 April, Palm Sunday Mass is scheduled for 10:30 am at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica;
- Chrism Mass, on Thursday, 1 April, will take place at 10:00 am at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica, and will be presided by the Pope. Later that day, the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper will take place at 6:00 pm. It will be presided by Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, the Dean of the College of Cardinals;
- On Good Friday, 2 April, the celebration of the Passion of the Lord will begin at 6:00 pm at the Altar of the Chair. Afterwards, the Way of the Cross will take place at 9:00 pm at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican;
- Easter Vigil celebrations on Holy Saturday will be held at 7:30 pm in St. Peter’s Basilica. Easter morning Mass will also be celebrated in the Basilica, at 10:00 am on Easter Sunday, which will be followed by the traditional Urbi et Orbi blessing at midday.
All of these events will take place with limited presence of the faithful in strict accordance with precautionary measures to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Meditations for Good Friday Via CrucisPope Francis has entrusted the preparation of the meditations for this year's Good Friday Way of the Cross to the Agesci Scout Group “Foligno I” (Umbria) and the Roman Parish of Santi Matiri di Uganda (Holy Martyrs of Uganda).
The images that will accompany the various Stations will also be made by children and young people from the “Mater Divini Amoris” Family House and the “Tetto Casal Fattoria” Family House.
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Online TriduumWe encourage you to attend Easter Sunday Mass but appreciate not everyone will be able to due to capacity restrictions. Your parish may be streaming services/Mass. If not, the following will be available on our YouTube channel: bit.ly/ArchYouTube
New productions for Easter 2021
We might still be in lockdown, but Easter is not cancelled! It is as important as ever this year to celebrate the story of Jesus and its message of hope and new life. That’s why the teams behind the Edinburgh Easter Play and the Edinburgh Passion are working together to create new work to watch and listen to online for Easter 2021.
Early this year, when it became clear that covid-19 restrictions were going to be with us well into the spring, we decided to postpone both our annual Easter Play in Princes Street Gardens and Cutting Edge Theatre’s city-wide community play The Edinburgh Passion until 2022. However we offering two completely new productions online.
‘Saturday’ is an audio play based on the script we would have performed in Princes Street Gardens. It’s a completely new retelling of the Easter story, set on the day between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. We follow the characters in the story, what they are feeling and doing and the dangers, fears and hopes they experience as they remember their time with Jesus and wonder what will happen next. This will be available to listen to from 3pm on Saturday 3rd April on www.easterplay.org
‘Scenes From The Passion’ is a series of 21 short films, currently being shot at locations around Edinburgh, in which our actors take different characters in the Easter story and re-imagine them in contemporary settings. As well as Jesus himself and Mary, his mother, we explore voices from the fringes of the story: the centurion who watched the Crucifixion, the wife of Pontius Pilate, the mother of Judas Iscariot. These films will be released from April 1st-4th on www.edinburghpassion.com.