This year Holy Week in the Vatican will not have great changes from last year.
All the celebrations will be held at the Altar of the Chair with a small number of faithful, all wearing masks.
As in 2020, the Palm Sunday procession will be more austere than previous years.
On that day, World Youth Day will not be celebrated at the diocesan level, since from 2021 it will take place on the solemnity of Christ the King, this year on Sunday, November 21.
This year the Chrism Mass will be held on the morning of Holy Thursday, in St. Peter’s Basilica. The participation of the Roman clergy will be limited.
As usual, the Pope does not celebrate Mass in Coena Domini in the Vatican to go to a place with people in need.
On the afternoon of Good Friday the Pope will preside over the Passion celebration and later the Via Crucis. For the second year in a row, it will be in St. Peter’s Square and not in the Colosseum.
This year’s meditations have been prepared by children and young people between the ages of 3 and 19 who live in Shelters or who participate in the work of a parish in the Roman periphery. The Vatican says that it is a very simple text but that its authors are fully aware of the meaning of discrimination and humiliation, and of the need to cultivate justice and solidarity.
On Saturday afternoon, the Pope will preside over the Easter Vigil and on Easter Sunday he will impart the traditional Urbi et Orbi blessing from inside St. Peter’s Basilica.