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Thursday, April 14, 2011


VATICAN CITY, 14 APR 2011 (VIS) - The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff today published the calendar of ceremonies to be presided by Benedict XVI during Holy Week.

 - Sunday 17 April: Palm Sunday and Our Lord's Passion; 26th World Youth Day on the theme: "Rooted and built up in Jesus Christ, Firm in the Faith" (Col 2.7). At 9.30 a.m. in St. Peter's Square, blessing of palms, procession and Mass.

 - Thursday 21 April: Holy Thursday. At 9.30 a.m. in St. Peter's Basilica, Chrism Mass. At 5.30 p.m. in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, beginning of Easter Triduum of the Lord's Passion and Resurrection with the Mass of Our Lord's Last Supper. Collection to be donated to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

 - Friday 22 April: Good Friday. At 5 p.m. in the Vatican Basilica, celebration of the Passion of Our Lord. Way of the Cross at the Colosseum at 9.15 p.m.

 - Saturday 23 April: Easter Saturday. At 9 p.m. in St. Peter's Basilica, beginning of Easter Vigil.

 - Sunday 24 April: Easter Sunday. At 10.15 a.m., Mass in St. Peter's Square. At midday, "Urbi et Orbi" blessing from the central loggia of the Vatican Basilica.
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