Holy Week and Easter 2013

25 Mar 2013

We celebrate the joy of Our Lord’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday, 31 March. Please see above a video reflection on Holy Week by Monsignor Eamon Martin, Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Derry.   Details of  liturgies from the Vatican; homilies, reflections and Easter celebrations in Irish dioceses –  as well as broadcast schedules from public service networks – follow:

Holy Week and Easter in the Vatican

28 March, Holy Thursday: 9:30am, Chrism Mass in the Vatican Basilica
5:30pm, Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the Casal del Marmo youth detention centre

29 March, Good Friday: 5:00pm, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion in the Vatican Basilica
9:15pm, Via Crucis at the Colosseum

30 March, Holy Saturday: 8:30, Easter Vigil in the Vatican Basilica

31 March, Easter Sunday: 10:15am, Easter Mass in St. Peter’s Square
12:00pm “Urbi et Orbi” Blessing

Holy Week and Easter liturgies around Ireland


Diocese of Achonry

Thursday 11am Holy Thursday : Mass of Chrism

Thursday 8pm Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Friday 3pm Good Friday : Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Friday 8pm Good Friday : Stations of the Cross

Saturday 10am—1pm Holy Saturday – Confessions

Saturday 9pm Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil

Sunday Mar 31st 8am Mass for the people (Easter Sunday) Sunday Mar 31st 10am Mass for the people (Easter Sunday Sunday Mar 31st 12noon Mass for the people (Easter Sunday)

Also a Dawn Mass will be held at Urlaur Abbey (Parish of Kilmovee) on Sunday – gathering at 6am.

Archdiocese of Armagh

Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland will celebrate the Chrism Mass with the priests and people of the Archdiocese of Armagh on Holy Thursday morning at 11.00am in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh.

On Good Friday a relic of the True Cross will be available for people to venerate in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh at 3.00pm.

Easter 2013 message from Cardinal Seán Brady to all people of goodwill in Ireland Click here

Celebrating the Triduum in the Archdiocese of Dublin

The Catholic and Church of Ireland Archbishops of Dublin will once again lead an ecumenical walk through the streets of the capital this Good Friday evening (March 29). It is among several hundred ceremonies taking place throughout the Archdiocese of Dublin this Holy Week and Easter.

The ecumenical walk was inaugurated by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Archbishop Michael Jackson last year. They will once again begin with a prayer service in Christchurch Cathedral on Good Friday evening (7 pm) and then jointly carry the Cross from there through the city streets to Saint Mary’s, Pro Cathedral where there will be a Taizé prayer service around the Cross.

Earlier, on Good Friday Archbishop Martin will join the Communion and Liberation group and lead the Way of the Cross in the Phoenix Park. Hundreds of people join every year, praying and reflecting on the Stations of the Cross from the Wellington Monument (12 noon start) finishing at the Papal Cross. That afternoon, Archbishop Martin will lead the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion in Saint Mary’s Pro Cathedral with the boys and gentlemen of the Palestrina Choir.

Parishioners from the Clontarf parishes (Saint John the Baptist, Saint Anthony, Saint Gabriel) are putting on a play this week entitled ‘At the Praetorium’. It will be staged in Saint Brigid’s, Killester, tonight Tuesday, March 26th, and in the Church of All Hallows College, on Wednesday, March 27th (8.00 pm). The play is an imaginative look at the events of Good Friday through the eyes of Pilate, his wife, his centurion, Barabbas, and the two thieves who were to be crucified with Jesus. The writer is Sean Walsh, former Head of Drama in RTE Radio.

Arklow and Blanchardstown are among many parishes in the Archdiocese who on Easter Saturday will have a ‘Blessing of the Baskets’ ceremony one of the most enduring and beloved Polish traditions (Tradycyjne Swiecenie).

As Easter Sunday dawns several parishes are organising sunrise ceremonies – the parishioners of Clondalkin are gathering at 7am at the Blue Bridge Lake for Dawn Mass. On Killiney Hill at 7am the parishes of Dalkey and Killiney celebrate their annual Easter Sunday Ecumenical service.  An Ecumenical ‘SonRise‘ celebration in prayer word and music, with the Revival Gospel Choir to celebrate Easter Day takes place in Arklow.  (Gathering on South Beach, Arklow at 6.30 a.m. and followed by a light breakfast in Arús Lorcain (Arklow Parish Centre).  A comprehensive list of liturgies and other events is available on www.dublindiocese.ie

Archdiocese of Tuam

  • Lakeside in Cong 6.30 am
  • Barr a’Doire, An Cheathrú Rua 6.30 Domhnach Chasca
  • Murrisk Abbey 6:45 am Easter Sunday
  • 6.45am on the Shore of Lough Mask about half way between Partry and Tourmakeady. “Gathering in Faith” is chosen theme this year.
  • Lavally Lake – Tuam – 6.00 am.
  • Ballinakill (Letterfrack) – Diamond Hill 7.00 am.
  • Dawn Mass in Church of Our Lady, Barnacarroll, Claremorris, on Easter Sunday at 6am.
  • Killererin, Barnaderg – 7.00 am.
  • Kilbannon Cemetery Easter Sunday Mass at 7.00.a.m.
  • Saint Joseph Cluster will be having a celebration of a Dawn Mass on Easter Sunday morning at the GAA Centre of Excellence, Knock Rd., Bekan at 6.30am.
  • Mass at lakeside in Castle Burke near Ballintubber Abbey Easter Sunday at 8.00am

Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin

  1. Mount Leinster – the fifth annual Dawn Mass will be celebrated at the summit of Mount Leinster on the Blackstairs Mountains, Co Carlow. It begins at 6.00am.
  2. Saint Conleth’s Parish, Newbridge, Co Kildare: 6.00am on Easter Sunday Morning in the gardens of Saint Conleth’s Parish Church.

Diocese of Limerick

His Excellency, Archbishop Charles Brown, Papal Nuncio, celebrated Chrism Mass for the Diocese on Wednesday, 27 March at 7.30 pm in Saint John’s Cathedral.  Archbishop Brown’s Homily 

Diocese of Cloyne

Please click here for Bishop William Crean’s Easter message and details of Holy Week ceremonies in the Diocese of Cloyne.

RTÉ and BBC broadcasts for Holy Weekend and Easter


Thursday 28 March – Holy Thursday

1900-2000: Fr Pat Hogan celebrates Mass of the Lord’s Supper in the RTÉ Television studios with the choir of Holy Family Parish Church, Southill, Limerick. The Mass marks the culmination of the Trócaire Lenten campaign in the charity’s 40th anniversary year. (Live simulcast on RTÉ One TV & Radio 1xtra / LW 252/DAB

Friday 29 March – Good Friday

1345-1400: Passing Over Easter A Good Friday reflection written and presented by Aidan Mathews. (RTÉ Radio One. All wavelengths.)

1455-1600: Good Friday Celebration of the Lord’s Passion from St Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry – the UK city of Culture. Principal Celebrant, the Very Rev. Paul Farren (Adm.), with Deacon Brendan Collins. Liturgical Music is from Saint Eugene’s Cathedral Choir, directed by Sr. Perpetua. The organist is Conor McLaughlin. (Simulcast on RTÉ One and RTÉ Radio 1 LW252 / 1xtra / DAB only.)

1500-1600: Craolfar Searmanas na Páise beo ó Séipéal  Phobail Chríost Rí,  Gort An Choirce, Co. Dhún na nGall. Is é an tAth. Séan Ó Gallchóir an ceiliúraí. (RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.)

Saturday, 30 March – Holy Saturday

2300-0030: The Easter Vigil Mass from Saint Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry – the UK City of Culture. Principal Celebrant, the Very Rev. Paul Farren (Adm.) with Fr Daniel McFaul and Deacon Brendan Collins.  Music is by St. Eugene’s Cathedral Choir, directed by Sr. Perpetua. The organist is Conor McLaughlin. (Simulcast on RTÉ One & Radio One LW252 / Digital Platforms.)

Sunday 31 March – Easter Sunday

0915-1100: Mass for Easter Sunday celebrated by Pope Francis, in St Peter’s Square, Rome with live commentary by Fr Thomas McCarthy, OP. (RTÉ One)

1100-1135: Urbi et Orbi: Pope Francis’ first Easter Message to the world, also with commentary by Fr Thomas McCarthy OP (RTÉ One)

1100-1145: Mass for Easter Sunday from St Brigid’s Church, Boardsmill, Co. Meath. The celebrant is Fr. Sean Henry PP. Music comes from the Boardsmill Youth Choir under the direction of Martina Dixon. (RTÉ Radio One LW252 / 1Xtra/DAB only.)

1100-1145:Aifreann Dhomhnach Cásca beo ó séipéal  Chríost Rí, Gorta an Choirce, Co. Dhún na nGall. Is é an tAth Séan Ó Gallchóir ceiliúraí an Aifrinn. (RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.) 

BBC  Television

Good Friday  12.00-1.00pm

The Mystery of Mary Magdalene Presented by Melvyn Bragg

Easter Day

1000-1100am Easter Communion

A live Easter Sunday Communion service from Paisley Abbey in Scotland, featuring seasonal hymns and Mozart’s Coronation Mass and led by the Reverend Alan Birss.

1100-1135am   Urbi et orbi

Celebrating the first Easter of his pontificate, Pope Francis gives his message and blessing – Urbi et Orbi – to the city and to the world. Dennis Nowlan sets the scene.

5.25-6.00pm  Songs of Praise- Easter Celebration

Aled Jones celebrates Easter Sunday with seasonal hymns in London’s Maida Vale, joined by Stephen Tompkinson and Nikki Amuka-Bird, who tell the remarkable story of the first Easter, and Only Boys Aloud with their version of The Lord’s Prayer.

BBC Radio Ulster

From Darkness ot the Dawn  Late Night reflections in word and music for Holy Week

Wednesday  Canon Simon Doogan

Maundy Thursday Canon Noel Battye

Good Friday Michelle Marken

Holy Saturday  Andrea Rea

Good Friday 8.45-9.00am At the Cross

A short meditation for Good Friday, presented by Rev Chris Bennett