Traditions for When in Rome for Easter 2019

18.04.2019 - 22.04.2019

Consider yourself lucky if you have the opportunity to witness Easter in Rome! Here are some events to look forward to.

Holy Thursday – April 18th is a good time to see the Pope with slightly fewer crowds at his morning Mass at Saint Peter’s Basilica. There is also a second papal mass, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, held in Basilica of St. John Lateran, to commemorate Christ’s bathing of the Apostles’ feet.

Good Friday – April 19th – Pope Francis leads a service at the Vatican Basilica at 5 pm in the afternoon for the highest officers of the church, including cardinals and bishops, but the main event on Good Friday is the Via Crucis ceremony. The ceremony involves the Pope leading a torchlit procession from the Colosseum to the Palatine Hill, stopping at the 14 Stations of the Cross along the way. For more info visit: More info

Easter Saturday or Holy Saturday – April 20th – At 8:30pm the Pope will hold an Easter Vigil in Saint Peter’s Basilica. During this service adult converts to Catholicism are officially welcomed into the Church.

Easter Sunday or Palm Sunday – April 21st – The Pope will lead Easter Mass in front of Saint Peter’s Basilica. The service begins at 10:15am, but if you have a ticket and plan on going, you should arrive much earlier than that. After the mass, at noon, the Pope will come out onto the central loggia of Saint Peter’s Basilica, and deliver the blessing known as the Urbi et Orbi – „to the City and to the World“. (He does this twice a year: at Easter and Christmas.) You do need tickets to mass, but not to watch the Urbi et Orbi. For more info visit: More info

Easter Monday – also called „Pasquetta“, is also a holiday in Italy, and shops, banks and some restaurants will be closed. Many Romans see this day as a fun day, for a picnic, barbecue or lunch with friends. If you like, you may attend the Easter Monday address by the Pope in Saint Peter’s Square at noon. It’s free and no tickets are required.

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