Easter In Rome

Posted 21.02.2014 by Leigh

Date(s): 17 April - 20 April 2014 (Triduum). Venue: St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City and venues throughout Rome, Italy.

Easter in Rome is one of the busiest times of the year in the Eternal City and is a great time to visit, regardless whether you are religious or not. Easter is one of the most important events of the Catholic calendar and tens of thousands visit the city, especially during the 'Triduum', Latin for the three day period, which starts on Holy Thursday (17 April 2014) and finishes on Easter Sunday (20 April 2014). This is no doubt the Pope's busiest schedule of the year and a quick summary of the activities are as followed:

  • Holy Thursday: In the morning there is the Blessing of the Holy Oils at Saint Peter's Basilica during a special Mass presided over by the Pope. In the evening the Triduum officially begins with the Mass of the Lord's Supper. The Pope usually celebrates this in Saint Peter's as well.
  • Good Friday: No Mass is celebrated on this day as it is the mourning of Christ's death but there is a service at Saint Peter's in the afternoon. In the evening the Pope leads the procession that commemorates the fourteen stages of Christ's passion at the Colosseum.
  • Saturday: Mass is celebrated in the late evening and during the Pope's celebration at Saint Peter's new adult converts are officially welcomed into the Church.
  • Easter Sunday: Mass is celebrated in the morning at the enormous Saint Peter's Square in front of thousands of pilgrims. Afterwards the Pope delivers the blessing known as the 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the City and to the World) from the famous balcony on the façade of Saint Peter's.

More information on Easter Mass can be found here and do not forget that tickets are free but need to be reserved!

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