On Holy Thursday morning the pope together with a thousand of priests celebrates Mass in Saint Peter Basilica. This celebration is known as the ‘Chrism Mass’, since, during it, the oil of chrism used for baptisms and ordinations is blessed.
Throughout the world the clergy gather with their bishops and renew the promises they made at their ordination.
Traditionally on Holy Thursday evening, the Pope crosses the city to his cathedral, St John in Lateran, for the evening celebration of the Lord’s Supper. The Mass commemorates Christ’s institution of the Eucharist on the night before he died.
Holy Thursday Papal events:
Vatican Basilica, at 9:30 Chrismal Mass
Basilica of Saint John Lateran, at 17.30: PAPAL MASS
Beginning of the Paschal Triduum, Mass of the Lord's Supper