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Colosseum's Way of the Cross meditations written by female biblical scholar

March 31, 2017. Anne-MariePelletier'smeditations will be read during the event on Good Friday.

Vatican releases Pope's schedule for Holy Week

2013-03-25

On Holy Thursday, he will celebrate the Chrism Mass at St. Peter's Basilica. Dozens of cardinals, patriarchs, archbishops, bishops and priests will participate. During the mass, he will bless the oils that will be used all year for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Ordination of Priests, and Anointing of the Sick.

Later that same day, at 5:30PM, the Easter Triduum beings with the Mass of the Lord's Supper, which marks the first Mass in history, the Last Supper. The Pope, in a new and surprising move, opted to celebrate the Mass at the Casa del Marmo Juvenile Detention Center, just outside Rome, a place Benedict XVI had already visited. The Pope will wash the feet of a few of the teens.

On Good Friday, at 5PM he will mark the Passion of the Christ at St. Peter's Basilica.

A few hours later, at 9:15PM, he will travel to the Colosseum to lead the Way of the Cross, the 14 stations reenacting the sentencing to the burial of Jesus Christ. This year's meditations for each station were written by two young people from Lebanon, under the guidance of Lebanese patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai.

For Holy Saturday, Pope Francis will lead a procession at 8:30PM inside St. Peter's Basilica. It will take place in the dark, lit only by one candle at the altar, for the Easter Vigil.

On Sunday morning at 10:15, he will celebrate Easter Mass at St. Peter's Square to mark the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. He will end the Holy Week activities by issuing his Urbi et Orbi blessing, his second one as Pope.


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