The Vatican has made public the liturgical schedule of Pope Francis’ Lenten celebrations for this year including the list of Easter activities.
The Pope’s schedule includes a penitential celebration and a consistory for several causes of canonization.
The schedule however does not include the venue for the Maundy Thursday celebration of Jesus’ Last Supper and foot-washing ceremony. Holy Week will be from March 20th to March 26th.
Deputy Director for the Holy See’s Press Office, Greg Burke, told journalists the location will be announced at a later date.
Pope Francis recently issued a decree published on Jan. 21 by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, revising the rules for the foot-washing rite ceremony usually celebrated on Holy Thursday. The new Holy Thursday decree, says the rite should not just be limited to Men and boys but should also include women and young girls.
The schedule released by the Vatican includes:
— March 4: Penitential liturgy in St Peter’s Basilica.
— March 6-11: Lenten retreat with officials from the Roman Curia in Ariccia, a town outside Rome.
— March 15: Consistory for several causes of canonization
— March 20: Palm Sunday Mass in St Peter’s Square.
— March 24: Holy Thursday, morning chrism Mass in St Peter’s Basilica.
— March 25: Good Friday afternoon liturgy of the Lord’s Passion in St Peter’s Basilica. Night-time Way of the Cross in Rome’s Colosseum.
— March 26: Easter vigil at 8.30pm in St Peter’s Basilica.
— March 27: Easter morning Mass in St Peter’s Square, followed by the papal blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world).
— April 2: Jubilee Prayer Vigil in St Peter’s Square for those devoted to the spirituality of Divine Mercy.
— April 3: Divine Mercy Sunday Mass in St Peter’s Square.