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Holy Week Timetable 2016

Holy Week Timetable 2016

JERUSALEM – Listed below is the full program of Holy Week Services in Holy Places in Jerusalem. Services of the Latin Catholic rite will also be held possibly in other areas in Jerusalem and in various languages. For the schedule of liturgical services in different languages, specific churches, please check the community internet sites and the Christian Information Center.

Additionally, because the city is full of pilgrims, schedules and instructions given by the security services must be followed strictly to make room for the celebrations of other communities.  This is often the source of frustration for those who want to extend their time in the Holy Sepulchre, but the agreement of the six coexisting communities prevails.

Have a blessed and peaceful Easter journey!

Saturday, 19th March 2016 (Eve of Palm Sunday)

Betfage – Franciscan Church
9:00 Solemn mass (Commemoration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem)

Jerusalem – Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre
9:00 Solemn mass
13:30 Solemn entry of the Latin Patriarch, H.B. Fouad Twal
14:50 Solemn Procession
23:40 Vigil in the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament presided by Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Custos of the Holy Land

Palm Sunday, 20th March 2016

Jerusalem – Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre
6:30 Procession with palms and Pontifical mass at the Altar of Mary Magdalene
16:00 Daily procession

Mount of Olives (starting from Betfage)
14:30 Procession with palms

Holy Monday, 21st March 2016

At the V. Station of the Way of the Cross
6:00 Masses in different languages until 8:00

In the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre
6:00 Parish mass on Calvary
7:00 Daily solemn mass at the Holy Tomb
16:00 Daily procession

At Bethany -St. Lazarus Church
17:00 Solemn mass

Holy Tuesday, 22nd March 2016

In the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre
7:00 Solemn mass with singing of the Passion
16:00 Daily procession

Holy Wednesday, 23rd March 2016

In the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre
7:00 Solemn mass with singing of the Passion
9:00 Veneration of the Flagellation Column throughout the day in the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament
15:00 Tenebrae Service

At Gethsemane – Basilica of the Agony
7:00 Solemn mass with singing of the Passion

Holy Thursday, 24th March 2016

In the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre
7:00 Pontifical mass with the Washing of the Feet celebrated by the Latin Patriarch and procession

Note: Soon after the service (at 11:00) the Basilica doors are closed. No entry or exit after the doors are closed.

13:45 The Basilica doors open, and close shortly afterwards. Service. Exit after service (at 17:00). The Basilica remains closed for the rest of the day.

On Mount Sion
15:10 Pilgrimage from St. Savior’s Church (from the entrance from St. Francis Street) to the Cenacle, St. James and St. Mark
15.30 Service with washing of the feet

At Gethsemane – Basilica of the Agony
21:00 Holy Hour in different languages
(22:00 – 00.00 Private prayer in silence.)

Good Friday, 25th March 2016

In the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre
8:15 Celebration of the Passion of the Lord on Calvary

11.30 Way of the Cross starting from the I. Station (Omarije School) to the Holy Sepulchre with the Franciscan fathers

20:10 “Funeral” Procession

Holy Saturday, 26th March 2016

In the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre
7:30 Easter Vigil
15:15 Entry and solemn procession
18:00 Evening prayer in front of the Holy Tomb
00.30 Pontifical celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours at Mary Magdala Altar presided by Custos of the Holy Land

Easter Sunday, 27th March 2016

Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre
9:30 Entry of the Latin Patriarch, H.B. Fouad Twal
9:45 Pontifical mass and solemn procession
17.00 Daily procession

Easter Monday, 28th March 2016

Emmaus, Qubeibeh – Franciscan Church
10:00 Pontifical mass celebrated by Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Custos of the Holy Land
14:30 Vespers and Eucharistic Adoration

Jerusalem – Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre
8:00 Solemn mass
17:00 Daily procession

Photo by Marie-Armelle Beaulieu – Easter 2015