Vatican: Masses

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Priests may celebrate Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica with a group (but not individually by himself) with or without making a prior reservation if the group is small. This can be on 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 with a group. 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) Loud singing is not allowed, since chapels are near each other.

d) A simple renewal of vows with an exchange of rings may be done after the homily (but without bringing in flowers, candles, cords, veils, etc.) using a prepared text (find and replace names, modify first and third lines, and modify third page information). Make sure the anniversary they are celebrating is their Church wedding, by asking in what parish they were wed, and who the officiating Priest was, if they remember.

e) Requiring reservations are Masses with groups of more that ten or Masses on special Altars such as the Altars in the Crypt, and those of Pope John Paul II, Pope John XXIII, etc. To reserve, please email:
.                 uffici<<at>>vicariato.va
.              (replace <<at>> with the @ sign).

indicating:

  • 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 will participate at the Mass
  • the language (Latin, English, and so on) in which the Mass will be celebrated; bring your own Missal and readings if celebrating in non-major European languages
  • mobile phone number of the celebrant priest or the group leader (include the country code)