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OFFICE FOR THE LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF 

CALENDAR OF CELEBRATIONS OVER WHICH
THE HOLY FATHER
BENEDICT XVI
WILL PRESIDE

2008 

Benedict XVI

 


 

 

 

JANUARY 2008

1 Tuesday
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
41st World Day for Peace

Vatican Basilica, at 10.00
CAPPELLA PAPALE
Holy Mass
Images of the celebration

6 Sunday
Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord
Vatican Basilica, at 10.00
Holy Mass
Images of the celebration

13 Sunday after Epiphany
Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
Sistine Chapel, at 10.00
Holy Mass and Baptism of children
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21 Monday
Memory of St. Agnes
Urban VIII Chapel
Presentation of the lambs whose wool
will be used to make the palliums given
to new Metropolitan Archbishops
Images of the celebration

25 Friday
Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul Apostle
Basilica of Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls, at 17.30
Celebration of Vespers
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FEBRUARY 2008

6 Ash Wednesday
Basilica of St. Anselmo, at 16.30
"Statio" and Penitential Procession
Basilica of St. Sabina, at 17.00
Holy Mass, Blessing and Imposition of the Ashes
Images of the celebration

10 - 1st Sunday of Lent
Apostolic Palace
Redemptoris Mater Chapel, at 18.00
Beginning of Spiritual Exercises for the Roman Curia

16 Saturday
Redemptoris Mater Chapel, at 9.00
Conclusion of Spiritual Exercises

24 - 3rd Sunday of Lent
Pastoral Visit to the Parish of
Santa Maria Liberatrice at Monte Testaccio in Rome, at 9.00
Holy Mass
Images of the celebration

 

MARCH 2008

1 - Saturday
Apostolic Palace
Consistory Hall, at 11.00
Consistory for several Causes of Canonization
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9 - 5th Sunday of Lent
Pastoral Visit to the International Youth Centre -
Church of Saint Lawrence in Piscibus in Rome, at 10.00
Holy Mass
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13 Thursday
Vatican Basilica, at 17.30
Celebration of the Sacrament of Penance
with the youth of the Diocese of Rome
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16 Palm Sunday
and Passion of the Lord
Saint Peter's Square, at 9.30
Blessing of the Palms, Procession
Holy Mass
Images of the celebration

20 Holy Thursday
Vatican Basilica, at 9.30
Chrismal Mass
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Basilica of Saint John Lateran, at 17.30
CAPPELLA PAPALE
Beginning of the Paschal Triduum
Mass of the Lord's Supper
Images of the celebration

21 Good Friday
Vatican Basilica, at 17.00
CAPPELLA PAPALE
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
Images of the celebration

Colosseum, at 21.15
Way of the Cross
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22 Holy Saturday
Vatican Basilica, at 21.00
CAPPELLA PAPALE
Easter Vigil in the Holy Night
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23 Easter Sunday
Saint Peter's Square, at 10.30
Holy Mass of the Day with the "Resurrexit" Rite

Central Loggia of the Vatican Basilica, at 12.00
"Urbi et Orbi" Message and Blessing
Images of the celebration

 

APRIL 2008

2 Wednesday
Saint Peter's Square, at 10.30
CAPPELLA PAPALE
Holy Mass in suffrage of the
deceased Holy Father John Paul II

Images of the celebration

7 Monday
Basilica of St Bartholomew-in-the-Island, at 17.30
Liturgy of the Word
Memory of the witnesses to the faith in the 20th and 21st century
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15 Tuesday - 21 Monday
Apostolic Journey to the United States of America
Images of the celebration: Washington
Images of the celebration: New York

23 Wednesday
Vatican Basilica, at 11.00
Cappella Papale for the funeral
of Card. Alfonso López Trujillo
Images of the celebration

27 Sunday
Vatican Basilica, at 9.00
Priestly Ordination of the Deacons
of the Diocese of Rome
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MAY 2008

3 Saturday
Liberian Basilica of St Mary Major, at 18.00
Recitation of the Prayer of the Rosary
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11 Sunday
Solemnity of Pentecost
Vatican Basilica, at 10.00
CAPPELLA PAPALE
Holy Mass
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17 Saturday - 18 Sunday
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Pastoral Visit to Savona and Genoa (Italy)
Images of the celebration

22 Thursday
Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ
Basilica of St John Lateran, at 19.00
Holy Mass
Procession to Saint Mary Major and Eucharistic Blessing
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23 Friday
Vatican Basilica, at 11.00
Cappella Papale for the funeral of Card. Bernardin Gantin
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JUNE 2008

14 Saturday - 15 Sunday
11th of Ordinary Time
Pastoral Visit to Santa Maria di Leuca and Brindisi (Italy)
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28 Saturday
Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul
Basilica of St Paul Outside-the-Walls, at 18.00
First Vespers of the Solemnity for the opening of the Pauline Year
Images of the celebration

29 Sunday
Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul
Vatican Basilica, at 9.30
CAPPELLA PAPALE
Holy Mass and imposition of the Pallium on Metropolitan Archbishops
Images of the celebration

 

JULY 2008

12 Saturday - 21 Monday
Apostolic Journey to Australia
on the occasion of World Youth Day in Sydney
Images of the celebration

 

AUGUST 2008

15 Friday
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Castel Gandolfo
Parish Church of Saint Thomas of Villanova, at 8.00
Holy Mass
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SEPTEMBER 2008

7 - 23th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Pastoral Visit to Cagliari
Images of the celebration

Friday 12 - Monday 15
Apostolic Journey to France
on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of Lourdes

Images of the celebration

21 - 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Cathedral of Albano, at 9.00
Holy Mass and Dedication of the Altar
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OCTOBER 2008

5 - 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Basilica of Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls, at 9.30
CAPPELLA PAPALE
Opening of the 12th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops
Images of the celebration

9 Thursday
Vatican Basilica, at 11.30
CAPPELLA PAPALE
Holy Mass on the occasion of the 50th anniversary
of the death of the Servant of God Pope Pius XII
Images of the celebration

12 - 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Saint Peter's Square, at 10.00
CAPPELLA PAPALE
Canonization of the Blesseds:
- Gaetano Errico
[English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish]
- Mary Bernard Bütler
[English, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish]
- Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception (Anna Muttathupadathu)

[English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish]
- Narcisa de Jesús Martillo Morán

[English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish]
Images of the celebration

18 Saturday
Synod of Bishops
First Vespers of the 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Presided over by the Holy Father Benedict XVI
on the occasion of the participation of His Holiness Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch,
in the 12th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops
Sistine Chapel
Booklet for the Celebration
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19 - 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Pastoral Visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Pompei
Holy Mass and Supplication, at 10.00
Recitation of the Rosary
, at 17.00
Images of the celebration

26 - 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Vatican Basilica, at 9.30
CAPPELLA PAPALE
Conclusion of the 12th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops 
Booklet for the Celebration
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NOVEMBER 2008

2 - 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time
Vatican Grottoes, at 18.45
Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed
Prayer for the deceased Pontiffs

Images of the celebration

3 Monday
Vatican Basilica, Altar of the Chair, at 11.30
CAPPELLA PAPALE
Mass for the deceased Cardinals and Bishops of the year 2008
Images of the celebration

29 Saturday
Vatican Basilica, at 17.00
CAPPELLA PAPALE
Vespers on the first Sunday of Advent

Booklet for the Celebration
Images of the celebration

30 - 1st Sunday of Advent
Basilica of St Lawrence Outside the Walls, at 9.45
Holy Mass
Pastoral Visit on the occasion of the 1750th anniversary
of the martyrdom of St Lawrence

Images of the celebration

 

DECEMBER 2008

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

Spanish Steps, at 16.00 
Homage to the Immaculate
Images of the celebration

24 Wednesday
Solemnity of the Birth of Our Lord

Vatican Basilica, at 24.00
CAPPELLA PAPALE
Midnight Mass
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25 Thursday
Solemnity of the Birth of Our Lord
Central Loggia of the Vatican Basilica, at 12.00
"Urbi et Orbi" Blessing

Images of the celebration

31 Wednesday
Vatican Basilica, at 18.00
First Vespers of thanksgiving for the end of the year

Images of the celebration

   

Vatican City, December 19, 2007

Latest revision: November 19, 2008

Guido Marini
Master of the Liturgical Celebrations 
of the Supreme Pontiff