RTE’s Broadcast Schedule for the Easter Ceremonies
Thursday, 02 April 2020
Palm Sunday 5 April
1100-1150 – Mass on Palm Sunday.
Rev Professor Michael Mullaney, President of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, celebrates Mass in the
Kairos chapel studio, Maynooth, Co Kildare, with music from internationally acclaimed singer, Celine Byrne, accompanied by Ronan Murray. (RTÉ One TV / RTÉ Radio 1 Extra / LW252 / Digital Radio platforms.)
Holy Thursday 9 April
1640-1735 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 19.00.)
Good Friday 10 April
1500-1600 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)
22.00-2230 The Leap of Faith.
Michael Comyn asks whether and how the Easter story continues to resonate with people in today’s Ireland
Holy Saturday 11 April
2200-2300 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
1000-1100 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).
1100-1120 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).