Holy Week festivities return to the parish of Tavira

Program begins with the monumental Palm Procession

The Holy Week celebrations in the Parish of Tavira, which take place from the 24th to the 31st of March, will mobilize the community, for “an extensive program of actions that celebrate one of the most important moments in the Catholic religious calendar, the moment that remembers the last days of earthly life of Christ and which culminate, on Easter Day, with the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ».

The program for this intense week begins on Palm Sunday, March 24th. There will be Eucharists at 08:30 am (Church of Santo António), 10:00 am (Mass in English, at the Church of Santiago and at 11:00 am (Palm Sunday Eucharist at the Church of Santiago).

On this day, there will also be the monumental Palm Procession, which leaves at 16pm from the Church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo, organized by the Irmandade do Carmo.

This procession, with different scaffolds, precisely recreates the last steps of Christ's life. There will not be the usual 18pm mass.

On March 27th, Wednesday, at 21pm, a Way of the Cross will take place through the streets of the city, starting at the Church of São José. It will end at the Church of São Paulo.

On March 28th, Maundy Thursday, at 19:30 pm, the Celebration of the Lord's Supper will take place, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, until midnight, at the Church of Santiago. There will also be a Eucharist at Santa Luzia Church that day, at 24:00 pm.

On Good Friday, March 29th, the day will begin with the celebration of Lauds, at 09:00 am, in the Church of Santiago.

At 15pm there will be the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord, in the Church of Santiago and at 00pm, the Procession of the Burial of the Lord, which is organized by Misericórdia and part of that church.

On Saturday, March 30th, at 09:00 am, the community will be able to participate in Lauds, at the Church of Santiago and, in the evening, the great moment of the Easter Triduum will be experienced: the Easter Vigil, which marks the moment of the resurrection of Jesus and which will take place at 21pm, at the Church of Santiago.

Easter Sunday “will be lived in a spirit of great joy and prayer, giving thanks for the delivery and resurrection of Christ for the remission of the sins of all men and women”, highlights the parish priest of Tavira.

At 09:00 am, at the Church of Santo António, there will be an Easter Eucharist, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (from 10:00 am to 10:30 am) and a Procession, to the Church of Santiago. On this day there will be several Eucharists: at 11 am, in the Church of Santiago and at 00 pm, in the Church of Santa Luzia.

«We hope that this Easter can be lived in a spirit of unity and much prayer, whether for peace in the world, which is so desperately needed. It is necessary for all Catholics to unite and live the truth and in truth, full of hope, as Christ asked and as his resurrection teaches us", says Father Miguel Lopes Neto, concluding: "I wish everyone a Holy and Happy Easter!"

For more information about celebration times and other activities during Holy Week in Tavira, check the parish's social networks.

Anyone who wishes to confess during this period may do so on the following days and times:
Church of SANTIAGO: March 23rd, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | March 26th, 17pm – 00pm
Church of SANTA LUZIA: March 26th, 17:00 pm – 19:00 pm