Holy Week and Easter 2012

02 Apr 2012

We celebrate the joy of Our Lord’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday, 8 April. Please see below video reflection as Gaelige on the Easter Triduum by Bishop Brendan Kelly, details of Vatican liturgies, homilies and reflections from bishops, details of events and services in Irish dioceses, as well as public service broadcast details and a video reflection on the Way of the Cross by Fr Paul Clayton Lea:

  • Holy Week and Easter in the Vatican

Video, photographs and texts from the papal ceremonies will appear at the link below as they become available.

Holy Week 2012

Watch live broadcasts from the Vatican

  • Bishops’ homilies and reflections for Holy Week and Easter

Chrism Mass Homily of Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland 

Homily notes of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin for Chrism Mass 

Chrism Mass Homily of Archbishop Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam 

Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland Archbishops to Lead Good Friday Procession

Chrism Mass Homily of Bishop Denis Brennan, Bishop of Ferns 

Homily of Fr Francis Mitchell at Mass of Anointing of the Sick, Archdiocese of Tuam

A reflection on The Passion by Bishop Donal McKeown from the April issue of Intercom

  • Events for Holy Week and Easter in Irish dioceses 

Please click here for details of events and services taking place in Irish dioceses for Holy Week and Easter 2012.

  • Holy Week schedule of Pope Benedict XVI

1 April: Palm Sunday and Passion of the Lord 
Saint Peter’s Square, at 8:30 (Irish time)
Blessing of the Palms, Procession and Holy Mass

5 April Holy Thursday 
Vatican Basilica, at 8:30
Chrismal Mass

Basilica of Saint John Lateran, at 16.30
Beginning of the Paschal Triduum
Mass of the Lord’s Supper

6 April Good Friday 
Vatican Basilica, at 16:00
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Colosseum, at 20:15
Way of the Cross

7 April Holy Saturday 
Vatican Basilica, at 20:00
Easter Vigil

8 April Easter Sunday
Saint Peter’s Square, at 9:15 
Holy Mass of the Day

Central Loggia of the Vatican Basilica, at 11:00
“Urbi et Orbi” Message and Blessing

  • Broadcast of religious programmes for Holy Week and Easter 2012 

RTÉ Religious Programmes for Holy Week and Easter 2012

Religious programming this Easter on the BBC

  • Video reflection: The Way of the Cross

Fr Paul Clayton-Lea from Clogherhead Parish in the Archdiocese of Armagh leads the Stations of the Cross

  • Other online resources for Holy Week and Easter

Selected websites which serve as useful resources for individuals, teachers and parish groups.

The Franciscan Multimedia Center (FMC), the television production center sponsored by the Custos of the Holy Land andH20News, a multimedia Catholic information agency,will transmit the main events of Easter Week taking place in the Holy Land through their websites, in nine different languages.

A guide to the Holy Land in Holy Week.