Pope Francis will preside over a normal Holy Week this year after the coronavirus pandemic that modified Vatican rites, such as the Via Crucis at the Colosseum in Rome, which will be recovered, the Holy See confirmed today.
The Vatican Press Office published this Monday the calendar with the liturgical ceremonies presided over by the pope for the next two months and among these are the rites of Holy Week that are already reminiscent of times before the pandemic.
And it is that the coronavirus prevented in the last two years some of the acts most followed by the faithful of Rome, such as the Via Crucis on Good Friday in the Colosseum, a symbol of the persecution of the first Romans and that welcomed this tradition since the century XVIII and that, after a long interruption, was taken up by Paul VI in 1965.
Francisco, that in the pandemic chose to officiate the Via Crucis in Saint Peter’s Square, will return next April 15 to the mythical Flavio amphitheater to commemorate the Passion of Christ at 9:15 p.m. local time (8:15 p.m. GMT).
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The pontiff’s Holy Week will start on April 10, with Palm Sunday with a mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica to commemorate the entry of Jesus of Nazareth into Jerusalem.
On April 14, the Easter Triduum will open with the Holy Thursday mass with the chrism mass in the basilica, although it has yet to be confirmed that it will commemorate the Last Supper and the washing of the feet in the afternoon, which Francis usually celebrates in prisons and other institutions.
On Good Friday, before the Via Crucis in the Vatican, he will preside over the rite of the Passion, the only one of the year in which there is no consecration as a sign of mourning for the martyrdom of Jesus.
On April 16, he will preside over the Easter Vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica, where the ascension of Christ is expected, and the day after he will give his “Urbi et Orbi” blessing for Easter Sunday from the balcony of the church.