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OFFICE FOR THE LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF 

CALENDAR OF CELEBRATIONS
PRESIDED OVER BY THE HOLY FATHER
JOHN PAUL II

2003 

John Paul II


 

  

   

JANUARY 2003

1  Wednesday
Solemnity of Mary Mother of God
36th World Day for Peace
Vatican Basilica, at 10.00 a.m.
Mass
... a moment during the liturgy
 
 

6 Monday
Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord
Vatican Basilica, at 9.00 a.m.
CAPPELLA PAPALE
Episcopal Ordinations
... a moment during the liturgy
 

12 Sunday after the Epiphany of the Lord 
Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Sistine Chapel, at 10.00 a.m.
Mass and Baptism of Children
... a moment during the liturgy
 

25 Saturday
Feast of the Conversion of St Paul Apostle
Basilica of St Paul-Outside-the-Walls, at 6.00 p.m.
Celebration of Vespers at the conclusion 
of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

... a moment during the liturgy
 

   

FEBRUARY 2003

1 Saturday
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord 
7th Day of Consecrated Life
Vatican Basilica, at 5.30 p.m.
Lighting of the candles and procession
Mass with Men and Women Religious of the Institutes
of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life
... a moment during the liturgy
 

11 Tuesday
Memory of the B.V.M. of Lourdes 
Vatican Basilica, at 4.30 p.m.
Mass for the "Opera Roma Pellegrinaggi" and "U.N.I.T.A.L.S.I." 
presided over by Card. Camillo Ruini. 
At the end of the celebration the Holy Father
will greet the sick and will impart the Apostolic Blessing

 

MARCH 2003

5 Ash Wednesday
Basilica of St. Sabina, at 4.30 p.m.
Mass, Blessing and Imposition of the Ashes
... a moment during the liturgy
 

7 Friday
Apostolic Building, at 11.00 a.m.
Consistory
for some Cases of Canonization
... a moment during the liturgy
 

9 I Sunday of Lent
Apostolic Building 
"Redemptoris Mater" Chapel, at 6.00 p.m. 
Beginning of the Spiritual Exercises for the Roman Curia
 

15 Saturday  
"Redemptoris Mater" Chapel, at 9.00 a.m. 
Conclusion of the Spiritual Exercises

23 III Sunday of Lent 
St. Peter's Square, at 10.00 a.m.  
CAPPELLA PAPALE
Beatification of the Servants of God: 
- Pierre Bonhomme

[English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
- María Dolores Rodríguez Sopeña

[English, Italian,
Portuguese, Spanish
- María Caridad Brader

[English, German, Italian,
Portuguese, Spanish
- Juana María Condesa Lluch

[English, Italian,
Portuguese, Spanish
- László Batthyány-Strattmann

[English, German, Italian, Portuguese]
... a moment during the liturgy
 

 

APRIL 2003

13 Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord
18th World Youth Day  
St. Peter's Square, at 10.00 a.m.
Blessing of the Palms, Procession
Mass
... a moment during the liturgy
 
  

17 Holy Thursday
Vatican Basilica, at 9.30 a.m.
Chrismal Mass 
... a moment during the liturgy
 

Vatican Basilica, at 5.30 p.m.
CAPPELLA PAPALE 
Beginning of the Paschal Tridium 
Mass of the Lord's Supper
... a moment during the liturgy
 
  

18 Good Friday
Vatican Basilica, at 5.00 p.m.
CAPPELLA PAPALE
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 
... a moment during the liturgy
 

Colosseum, at 9.15 p.m.
Way of the Cross
... a moment during the liturgy
 
 

19 Holy Saturday
Vatican Basilica, at 8.00 p.m.
CAPPELLA PAPALE 
Easter Vigil: Celebration of Holy Mass
... a moment during the liturgy
 
 

20 Easter Sunday
St. Peter's Square, at 10.30 a.m.
Mass of the Day 
"Urbi et Orbi" Message and Blessing 
... a moment during the liturgy
 


24 April
Vatican Basilica, Altare della Confessione, at 10.30 a.m.
CAPPELLA PAPALE
Mass of Christian Burial for Cardinal Aurelio Sabattani
... a moment during the liturgy

 

27 II Sunday of Easter
St. Peter's Square, at 10.00 a.m.
CAPPELLA PAPALE 
Beatification of the Servants of God: 
- James Alberione
[English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish] 
- Mark of Aviano
[English, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish]
- Maria Cristina Brando
[English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish]
- Eugenia Ravasco
[English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish]
- Maria Domenica Mantovani
[English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish]
- Giulia Salzano
[English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish]
... a moment during the liturgy
 

 

 

MAY 2003

Saturday 3 - Sunday 4 
Apostolic Journey to Spain

... a moment during the liturgy
 

11 IV Sunday of Easter
Vatican Basilica, at 9.00 a.m.  
Priestly Ordination of the Deacons of the Rome Diocese
... a moment during the liturgy
 

18 V Sunday of Easter 
St. Peter's Square, at 10.00 a.m.  
CAPPELLA PAPALE
Canonization of Blesseds:
- Józef Sebastian Pelczar
[English, French, Italian, Polish,
Portuguese Spanish]
- Urszula Ledóchowska

[English, French, Italian, Polish,
Portuguese, Russian, Spanish]
- Maria De Mattias

[Croatian, English, German, Italian, Polish,
Portuguese, Spanish]
- Virginia Centurione Bracelli

[English, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish]
... a moment during the liturgy
 

 

  

JUNE 2003

Thursday 5 - Monday 9 
Apostolic Journey to Croatia 

... a moment during the liturgy
 
    

19 Thursday 
Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

Basilica of St. John Lateran, at 7.00 p.m.
Mass and Solemn Procession to the Basilica of St. Mary Major
Eucharistic Benediction
... a moment during the liturgy
 
 

22 Sunday XII per annum 
Apostolic Journey to Bosnia and Herzegovina (Banja Luka)

 

28 Saturday 
Vatican Basilica, at 6.00 p.m.
CAPPELLA PAPALE
First Vespers on the Solemnity of St Peter and Paul, Apostles  
Promulgation of the Post-Synodal
Apostolic Exhortation "Ecclesia in Europa"
... a moment during the liturgy
 
 

29 Sunday 
Solemnity of St Peter and Paul, Apostles

St. Peter's Square, at 6.00 p.m.
CAPPELLA PAPALE
Mass and the imposition of the Palliums
... a moment during the liturgy
 

 

SEPTEMBER 2003

Thursday 11 - Sunday 14
Apostolic Journey to the Slovak Republic


27 Saturday 

XXVI Sunday "per annum"
Vatican Basilica, Altar of the Confession, at 6.00 p.m.  
CAPPELLA PAPALE
Mass for the souls of the deceased Popes 
Paul VI and John Paul I  

    

OCTOBER 2003 

5 XXVII Sunday "per annum"
St. Peter's Square, at 10.00 a.m. 
CAPPELLA PAPALE 
Canonization of the Blesseds: 
- Daniel Comboni  
[English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish]
- Arnold Janssen
 

[English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish]
Joseph Freinademetz  
[English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish]      
... a moment during the liturgy
 
  

7 Tuesday 
Pastoral Visit to the Shrine of Our Lady 
of the Rosary of Pompei

[Italian]


16 Thursday 

St. Peter's Square, at 6.00 p.m.  
CAPPELLA PAPALE
Mass for the 25th anniversary of Pontificate 
of His Holiness John Paul II

...a moment during the liturgy  
 

19 XXIX Sunday "per annum" 
St. Peter's Square, at 10.00 a.m.  
CAPPELLA PAPALE
Beatification of the Servant of God
Mother Theresa of Calcutta
... a moment during the liturgy

21 Tuesday 
Piazza S. Pietro, at 10.30 a.m.  
CAPPELLA PAPALE
Ordinary Public Consistory
for the creation of new Cardinals

... a moment during the liturgy 

22 Wednesday 
St. Peter's Square, at 10.30 a.m.  
CAPPELLA PAPALE
Mass and presentation of rings to the new Cardinals
... a moment during the liturgy

24 Friday 
Vatican Basilica, at 5.30 p.m.  
Mass for the inauguration of the academic year 
of the Ecclesiastical Universities 

   
   

NOVEMBER 2003
 

1 Saturday
Solemnity of All Saints
Vatican Grottos, at 6.00 p.m.
Prayer for the deceased Pontiffs     
  

9 Sunday 
Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
Vatican Basilica, at 9.30 a.m.
CAPPELLA PAPALE 
Beatification of the Servants of God: 
- Juan Nepomuceno Zegrí y Moreno (1831-1905)
[English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish]
- Valentin Paquay
(1828-1905)
[Dutch, English, French, Italian]
- Luigi Maria Monti (1825-1900)
[English, French, Italian, Spanish]
- Bonifacia Rodríguez Castro (1837-1905)
[English, French, Italian, Spanish]
- Rosalie Rendu
(1786-1856)
[English, French, Italian, Spanish]
... a moment during the liturgy      
 

13 Thursday
Vatican Basilica, Altar of the Confession, at 11.30 a.m. 
CAPPELLA PAPALE 
Holy Mass for the souls of deceased Cardinals and Bishops      
   


DECEMBER 2003

8 Monday
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the 
Blessed Virgin Mary

Piazza di Spagna, at 4.00 p.m.
Homage to the Immaculate
... a moment during the liturgy  
  

11 Thursday
Vatican Basilica, at 5.30 p.m.
Mass for the Students of the Roman Universities
... a moment during the liturgy  
  

24 Wednesday
Solemnity of the Birth of Our Lord
Vatican Basilica, at 12.00 p.m.
CAPPELLA PAPALE
Midnight Mass
... a moment during the liturgy 
  

25 Thursday
Solemnity of the Birth of Our Lord
Central Loggia of the Vatican Basilica, at 12.00 a.m.  
"Urbi et Orbi" message and blessing
... a moment during the liturgy
   

31 Wednesday
Vatican Basilica, at 6.00 p.m. 
Vespers and "Te Deum" for the end of the year
... a moment during the liturgy

   

JANUARY 2004

1 Thursday
Solemnity of Mary Mother of God
37th World Day for Peace
Vatican Basilica, at 10.00 a.m.
Mass
... a moment during the liturgy
 

Vatican City, 1 January 2003 

Latest revision: 11 November 2003

+ Piero Marini 
Titular Archbishop of Martirano 
Master of the Liturgical Celebrations 
of the Supreme Pontiff

   

 

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