Vatican: Masses

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Lay Pilgrims who wish to hear Mass at St. Peter’s (Vatican):

a) Early in the morning, between 7:00-8:00 a.m., you may usually join the Masses celebrated by Priests individually or in small groups (see above for the days allowed). Just ask the guards where the sacristy is, and as you see the Priests going out of the sacristy, ask them in what language they will celebrate, and if you may attend.

b) Later in the day, unless there is a Papal celebration, Masses are regularly celebrated by different priests, mostly in Italian or Latin, almost every hour in the morning, and one Mass towards 5:00 p.m. Click here for Mass schedules at St. Peter’s and other Major Basilicas.

Priests may celebrate Mass individually or with a group (with or without making a prior reservation, if the group is small) at St. Peter’s Basilica any day between 7:00-8:00 a.m., except on Wednesdays when the Holy Father gives an Audience outdoors on St. Peter’s Square, and on other days with celebrations at St. Peter’s Basilica or St. Peter’s Square.

a) Just go to the Sacristy (ask the guards where it is), show your Celebret, and say that you wish to celebrate. They will provide the liturgical vestments, vessels, linens, and liturgical books in the language you request.

b) Concelebrant priests, if four or more, should kindly bring their own alb and stole.

c) Masses on special Altars require reservation, such as the Altars in the Crypt, and those of Pope John Paul II, Pope John XXIII, etc. To reserve, please email:
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  • the date and time (working days: 7.15 a.m. or 8.00 a.m.) – make sure that the Pope has no scheduled activity in St. Peter’s Basilica or on St. Peter’s Square, when Masses are not allowed (go to the Vatican website and click on Calendar to check)
  • the name of priest who will preside the Liturgy
  • the number of concelebrant priests
  • the number of pilgrims who’ll participate at the Mass
  • the language (Latin, English, and so on) in which the Mass will be celebrated
  • mobile phone number of the celebrant priest or the group leader (include the country code)