RTE Broadcasting output of liturgies during Holy Week

Holy Thursday 9 April

16.40-17.35: Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

Father Joe Campbell CC, Mullingar, Diocese of Meath, to celebrate Mass in commemoration of the Last

Supper and Christ’s agony in Gethsemane, from the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar. (RTÉ One TV

and RTÉ Radio 1 Extra / LW252 / Digital Radio platforms. The Mass will air on radio at the later time of


Good Friday 10 April

15.00-16.00: Solemn Liturgy for Good Friday

Live from the Cathedral of Christ the King, Father Derek Darby commemorates the Passion and death of

Christ, observing full health and social distancing protocols. (RTÉ One TV & RTÉ Radio 1Extra/LW252)

22.00-22.30: The Leap of Faith

Michael Comyn asks whether and how the Easter story continues to resonate with people in today’s Ireland

(Radio 1).

Holy Saturday 11 April

22.00-23.00: Easter Vigil Mass

Bishop Tom Deenihan of Meath celebrates the resurrection of Christ, with a vigil Mass in the Cathedral of

Christ the King.  Beginning with the lighting of the Paschal candle, the liturgy, which signifies the triumph

of light over darkness and of life over death (RTÉ Two & RTÉ Radio 1 Extra/LW252).

Easter Sunday 12 April

10.00-11.00: Easter Sunday Mass

A Eurovision Mass, previously planned for Metz Cathedral, takes place instead in the Dominican Convent

of Saint Jacques (Saint James the Great) in Paris, due to France’s COVID-related restrictions on indoor

gatherings.  Translation and commentary are by Fr Thomas McCarthy OP (RTÉ One & RTÉ Radio 1 Extra).

11.00-11.20: Urbi et Orbi: Pope Francis’ Easter Message. 

Pope Francis will deliver his Easter blessing To the city and the world with prayer and encouragement by

video link from within the Vatican.  Translation and commentary by Fr Thomas McCarthy OP (RTÉ One).