Holy Week and Easter – Resources for Joining your Parish in Prayer at Home

Holy Week and Easter Online in our Parishes

Parishes in the Diocese of Down and Connor will be providing live-streams of Mass and other services over the internet throughout Holy Week, helping those confined to home or care facilities, and those living away from home, to keep in touch with their parish and continue to be part of the local community.

View List of Parishes with Live Broadcasts


Holy Week and Easter prayers and activities from World Missions Ireland

World Missions Ireland have prepared to use with children during Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. The resources are for use at home, in school (remote learning), or in the parish (online). All of the resources are in black and white for ease of printing.

Click to View all the Resources


Bringing Holy Week Home (Holy Week Resources)


This resource was created by the dioceses of Kildare and Leighlin, Clonfert and Elphin who have kindly shared them.

They include a note for each day with a Scripture focus, some things to look out for if you are joining in a live broadcast of a liturgy, a short prayer ritual for each day, as well as some ‘to do’ suggestions.

Live broadcasts of all Holy Week Liturgies will be from your parish church. The list of parishes with live broadcasts can be viewed at here on this diocese website


Holy Week and Easter on Shalom World TV

Follow live broadcasts throughout Holy Week on Shalom World TV, the Catholic family entertainment channel. 

Thursday, 1 April 2021 | Holy Thursday
LIVE from the Vatican: Chrism Mass 8:55AM

LIVE from the Vatican: Mass of the Lord’s Supper 4:55AM

Friday, 2 April 2021 | Good Friday
LIVE from the Vatican: Way of the Cross (Via Crucis) 7:55 PM


Pope Francis’ schedule of events for Holy Week and Easter 2021

The Holy Father will celebrate the Holy Week rites at the Altar of the Cathedra, in Saint Peter’s Basilica.

Thursday, 1 April 2021
Holy Chrism Mass
 – at 10:00
Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper – at 18:00

Friday, 2 April 2021 | Good Friday
Passion of the Lord
 – at 18:00
Way of the Cross – at 21:00

Saturday, 3 April 2021
Easter Vigil – at 19:30

Sunday, 4 April 2021
Easter Sunday – Resurrection of the Lord
Holy Mass
 – at 10:00
Urbi et Orbi – at 12:00
At the end of Holy Mass, the Holy Father will impart the “Urbi et Orbi” blessing.


The Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross or the Way of the Cross, refers to a series of images depicting Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion and accompanying prayers. Every church commonly display the 14 stations around the walls inside the church. 
A series of 14 images will be arranged in numbered order along a path and the faithful travel from image to image, in order, stopping at each station to say the selected prayers and reflections.
The Stations of the Cross are typically practiced each Friday during the Lent and on Good Friday, but can be performed any time of year at home or in church.


Opening Prayer:
O my God, my Redeemer, behold me here at Thy feet. From the bottom of my heart I am sorry for all my sins, because by them I have offended Thee, Who art infinitely good. I will die rather than offend thee again.

Leader: We adore Thee, O Christ, and bless Thee.
All: Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
Reflect on the scene.
Our Father…. Hail Mary…. Glory Be to the Father….

Leader: Jesus Christ Crucified.
All: Have mercy on Us.
Leader: May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, Rest in peace.
All: Amen.

Download a guide to help you

Each station follows the following scenes:
  1. Jesus is condemned to death
  2. Jesus takes up his Cross
  3. Jesus falls for the first time
  4. Jesus meets his Mother
  5. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the Cross
  6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
  7. Jesus falls for the second time
  8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
  9. Jesus falls for the third time
  10. Jesus is stripped of his garments (sometimes called the “Division of Robes”)
  11. Jesus is nailed to the Cross
  12. Jesus dies on the Cross
  13. Jesus is taken down from the Cross
  14. Jesus is laid in the tomb

Holy Week and Easter liturgies on RTÉ

RTE broadcast a Mass or a Service at 11am every Sunday morning on RTÉ Radio 1 ExtraYou can listen here

You can also listen back via the RTÉ Radio Player

There is also Mass in Irish, every week at 11.00am, on Raidio na Gaeltachta (93-95 Mhz). 

Click to view the full Easter Schedule