Christians around the globe will celebrate Easter on April 21 that commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Christians across countries observe the day with various celebrations and following different customs and traditions. In the Vatican, the Pope delivers a message during the Easter Vigil Mass. In his homily during the Easter Sunday at St Peter's Square, the pontiff usually explains the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which gave hope to all of mankind. Why do we Celebrate Easter with Eggs? The Origin and Symbolism of Decorated Eggs on Easter Sunday.
Last year, Pope Francis called for peace in regions witnessing war including Syria, the Israel-Gaza border and other African nations. Thousands of people gather at St. Peter's Square to celebrate mass and hear the Pope's message. After the Easter mass, the Pope gives his blessing ('Urbi et Orbi') to people from a balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. During the message, the Pope often refers to global events, gives advises and teaches from the Bible. As Easter approaches we have listed down past sermons of Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI below. Holy Week 2019 Quotes: Bible Verses to Wish 'A Blessed Week' Ahead of Easter Sunday.
Here is a list of Easter Sunday 2019
Pope Benedict XVI 2012 Easter Sunday Message
Pope Francis' 2013 Easter Sunday Message
Pope Francis' 2015 Easter Sunday Message
Pope Francis' 2017 Easter Sunday Message
Pope Francis' 2018 Easter Sunday Message
The Holy Week in the Vatican which is presided by the Pope witnesses various observances. On Good Friday, the church will celebrate the Passion of the Lord, commemorating His crucifixion and death. Pope Francis will preside over the Liturgy of the Word, the Adoration of the Cross, and the Communion Rite from 5 pm onwards at St Peter's Basilica.
The Easter Vigil takes place on April 20 at 8.30pm. After blessing the new fire in the atrium of St Peter's Basilica, the processional entrance with the Easter candle and the singing of the 'Exsultet' (or 'Easter Proclamation') will be held. Pope Francis will then preside over the Liturgy of the Word, the Baptismal Liturgy and the Celebration of the Eucharist. Easter Mass will be thereafter celebrated in St Peter's Square on April 21st at 10 am. At the end of the celebration, the Pope will impart the 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing, a customary practice on the City of Rome and the World, from the central loggia of St. Peter's Basilica.