Benedict XVI's Holy Week Calendar

Holy Thursday Collection to Aid Japan Quake Victims

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VATICAN CITY, APRIL 14, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Today the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff published the calendar of ceremonies to be presided over by Benedict XVI during Holy Week.

On Sunday, April 17, the Pope will preside over the Palm Sunday celebration, which coincides with the 26th World Youth Day on the theme: "Rooted and built up in Jesus Christ, Firm in the Faith." The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. in St. Peter's Square with the blessing of palms, followed by procession and Mass.

On April 21, Holy Thursday, the Pontiff will celebrate the Chrism Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Peter's Basilica. Later, at 5:30 p.m. in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, he will preside over the Mass of the Lord's Last Supper, marking the beginning of the Easter Triduum of the Lord's Passion and Resurrection. At this Mass there will be a collection that will be donated to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The next day, Good Friday, the Holy Father will preside over the celebration of the Passion of Our Lord at 5:00 p.m. in St. Peter's Basilica. He will lead the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum at 9:15 p.m.

On Holy Saturday, Benedict XVI will celebrate the Easter Vigil at 9:00 p.m. in St. Peter's Basilica.

The next day, Easter Sunday, the Pope will preside over Mass in St. Peter's Square at 10:15 a.m. He will deliver the blessing "urbi et orbi," to Rome and the world, at midday, from the central loggia of the Vatican Basilica.