The Holy See Press Office publishes Pope Francis’ calendar for Holy Week this year. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday will be presided over by Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re and the meditations of the Way of the Cross on Good Friday will be prepared and animated by a group of scouts, a Roman parish and other young people.
By Vatican News Editor
As the Lenten season draws closer to Holy Week, the Vatican on Tuesday released details of the schedule of Holy Week celebrations that Pope Francis will preside over. A note from the Master of Pontifical Liturgical Ceremonies, Bishop Guido Marini, indicates the following:
– On April 28, the Palm Sunday mass is scheduled for 10:30 am at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica;
– The Chrism Mass, on Thursday, April 1, will take place at 10:00 am at the Altar of the Chair of St. Peter’s Basilica and will be presided over by the Pope. Later that day, the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be held at 6:00 pm. It will be chaired by Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, dean of the College of Cardinals;
– On Good Friday, April 2, the celebration of the Lord’s Passion will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Altar of the Chair. Later, the Via Crucis will take place at 9:00 pm in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican;
– The Easter Vigil celebrations on Holy Saturday will take place at 7:30 pm in St. Peter’s Basilica. Mass on Easter morning will also be celebrated in the Basilica at 10:00 am on Easter Sunday, followed by the traditional Urbi et Orbi blessing at noon.
All these events will take place with a limited presence of the faithful in strict accordance with precautionary measures to slow the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Meditations for Good Friday Way of the Cross
Pope Francis has entrusted the preparation of the meditations of the Way of the Cross on Good Friday this year to the Scout Group Agesci “Foligno I” (Umbria) and the Roman Parish of Santi Matiri di Uganda (Holy Martyrs of Uganda).
The images that will accompany the different Stations will also be made by children and young people from the “Mater Divini Amoris” Family House and the “Tetto Casal Fattoria” Family House.
Simple but profound words
A statement from the Holy See Press Office on Tuesday notes that the meditations and images of the Via Crucis will be prepared by children and adolescents between the ages of 3 and 19.
The words are “simple and immediate,” said the Press Office, but they are “fully aware of the meaning of discrimination and humiliation, as well as justice and solidarity.”
“Words and colors return the complexity of a world made of small and large crosses but also of trust and hope for the future,” says the statement, “for those who witness the struggle of their parents, for those who have no strength to defend to his friends in difficulty, to those who fail school tests, to those who experience loneliness in these times of the Covid-19 pandemic, and to those who are able to see the face of Jesus in the stranger, among others ”.
The young authors
The Agesci “Foligno I” Scout Group is made up of 21 instructors and 145 boys and girls between 8 and 19 years old. With the help of their leaders, they have reflected on the fourteen stations and related them to their daily experiences. In accordance with its educational methods, the “Foligno I” uses tools such as play, outdoor life and service to others to contribute to the growth of children and young people.
Santi Matiri dell’Uganda parish is located in the Ardeatino area of Rome. Its pastor, Fr. Luigi d’Errico, is in charge of the pastoral care of people with disabilities in the diocese. The parish has the “Rifugio per Agar” house for women and children victims of abuse and the “Betlemme House” that serves to welcome homeless families in collaboration with the eight parishes of the XXII prefecture of the diocese of Rome.
About 500 children and young people from the First Communion and Confirmation catechism helped shape the mediations. They even met online at times due to restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The “Mater Divini Amoris” Family House in Rome is administered by the Congregation of the Daughters of Our Lady of Divine Love. The nuns welcome guests in the spirit of the Marian Apostolate and following the example of its founder, Don Umberto Terenzi. They currently serve children between the ages of 3 and 8.
The “Tetto Casal Fattoria” Family House in Rome works to combat the hardships faced by young people and children since 1984. It offers assistance, support, professional and cultural training projects with the aim of accompanying children and young people in their growth.