Holy Week and Stations of the Cross in Parisian churches

Holy Week and Stations of the Cross at Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, at the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur and in Parisian churches

Easter at Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, vue panoramique © Fotolia - rdnzl

The Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral is an important Christian site and one of the most visited monuments in Paris.

Each year, 13 million visitors from all over the world step through its doors. In recent years, Notre Dame de Paris received a set of eight new bells for the north tower and a new great bell for the south tower.

These new bells first rang out for Palm Sunday celebrations in 2013.

Holy Week

Sunday 25 March 2018 (Palm Sunday)

  • 8.30am: mass and Blessing of the Palms
  • 10.30am: Blessing of the Palms. Procession and mass of the Passion Blessing of the Palms outside the Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris presided over by Cardinal André Vingt-Trois
  • 12.30pm: masses with Blessing of the Palms
  • 4.30pm: Talk for Lent "Dieu est-il humain ?" ('Is God Human'), by Olivier Boulnois, philosopher, professor at EPHE
  • 5.15pm: Time of prayer and presentation and adoration of the Holy Sacrament presided over by Mgr Eric de MOULINS-BEAUFORT

Holy Thursday 29 March 2018

  • 6.30pm: mass in memory of the Last Supper

Holy Saturday 31 March 2018

  • 9am: morning service
  • 9pm: Easter Vigil

Sunday 1 April 2018 - Easter Sunday

  • 11.30am: masses presided over by Cardinal André VINGT-TROIS
  • 6.30pm: mass.

Monday 2 April 2018 - Easter Monday

Access to the cathedral is free 

The public can join in religious services. 

It is advisable to arrive 15 to 20 minutes before each service.

Easter at the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur

Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, Paris © Thinkstock

The basilica of Sacré-Cœur is situated at the top of the Butte Montmartre. Previously a place of pagan worship, it became Christian after Bishop Denis was martyred in the 3rd Century. The basilica was built between 1875 and 1914 and is now a major religious site in Paris.

Sunday 25 March 2018  - Palm Sunday
  • 10.30am: Solemn Mass (other masses at 7am, 6pm and 10pm)
  • 4pm: Vespers

Holy Week

Holy Thursday 29 March 2018
  • 7pm: Celebration of the Holy Supper followed by a vigil at the altar

Good Friday 30 March 2018

  • 7pm: celebration of the Passion
  • 9pm: closing of the Basilica: Christ is at the tomb, no adoration of the Eucharist on this night

Holy Saturday 31 March 2018

  • 10am: Tenebrae
  • 9pm: Easter Vigil with christenings, confirmation and first communions during the service

Easter Sunday 1 April 2018

  • 11am: Solemn Mass presided over by Monseigneur Jérôme BEAU, Assistant Bishop of Paris
  • 4pm. Solemn Vespers

List of Stations of the Cross organized during Holy Week in Paris

Eglise Saint Eustache, Paris © Thinkstock

Easter isn’t just about chocolate and Easter egg hunts. It is first and foremost a religious celebration during which prayers, traditional scenes, and acts of faith take place.

Friday 30 March 2018 :
Station of the Cross in the de Saint-Denys de la Chapelle area
Saint-Denys de la Chapelle (75018)
12pm - 1.30 pm, Saint-Denys de la Chapelle church

Station of the Cross of Saint-Georges de la Villette
Saint-Georges de la Villette (75019)
12pm to 1.30pm métro Simon Bolivar

Station of the Cross de la rue Mouffetard
Saint-Médard (75005)
12pm - 1.30 pm, Saint-Médard church

Station of the Cross St-Louis-en-l’Île à St-Gervais
Saint-Louis en l’Ile (75004)
12pm - 1.30 pm, Saint-Louis-en-l'Île church

Station of the Cross Saint-Jacques du Haut-Pas à Saint-Etienne du Mont
Saint-Jacques du Haut-Pas (75005)
12pm - 1.30 pm, Saint-Jacques du Haut-Pas church

Station of the Cross of the Notre-Dame du Lys area in St-Jean-Baptiste de La Salle
Chapelle Notre-Dame du Lys (75015)
12.15pm - 2 pm, Notre Dame des Lys church

Station of the Cross in the Sainte-Trinité area
Sainte-Trinité (75009)
12.15pm - 1.15 pm, place de l'Opéra

Station of the Cross in the Saint-Germain des Prés area
Saint-Germain des Prés (75006)
12.15pm - 1.15 pm, Place Saint-Michel, in front of the Saint-Michel Fountain,6e

Station of the Cross Saint-Antoine de Padoue à Notre-Dame de La Salette
Saint-Antoine de Padoue (75015)
12.15pm - 1.30 pm, Saint-Antoine de Padoue church
Station of the Cross Saint-Séverin à Saint-Etienne du Mont
Saint-Séverin - Saint-Nicolas (75005)
12.15pm - 1.30 pm, St-Séverin – St-Nicolas church

Station of the Cross in the St-Laurent area
Saint-Laurent (75010)
12.15pm - 1.30 pm, Saint-Laurent church

Station of the Cross in the quai de Valmy area
Saint-Joseph-Artisan (75010)
12.15pm - 1.30 pm, Saint-Joseph Artisan church
Station of the Cross Sainte-Jeanne de Chantal
Sainte-Jeanne de Chantal (75016)
12.15pm - 1.15 pm, Sainte-Jeanne de Chantal church
Station of the Cross Notre Dame de l’Assomption de Passy
Notre-Dame de l’Assomption de Passy (75016)
12.15pm - 1.30 pm, chapelle du Christ Médiateur church

Station of the Cross Saint-Lambert de Vaugirard
Saint-Lambert de Vaugirard (75015)
12.30pm - 1.30 pm, St-Lambert de Vaugirard church

Station of the Cross des Champs-Elysées
Saint-Pierre de Chaillot (75016)
12.30pm - 2.30 pm, Champs Elysées. (Métro : Franklin-Roosevelt)
Station of the Cross : port de l’Arsenal
Saint-Antoine des Quinze-Vingts (75012)
12.30pm - 1.30 pm, pont Monrland (brudge)
Station of the Cross : Champ de Mars
Saint-Pierre du Gros Caillou (75007)
De 12h30 à 13h30, place Jacques Rueff (Champs de Mars)
Station of the Cross : Sainte-Ambroise church
Saint-Ambroise (75011)
12.30pm - 1.30 pm, Saint-Ambroise church

Station of the Cross : Sainte-Anne de la Butte-aux-Cailles
Sainte-Anne de la Butte-aux-Cailles (75013)
12.30pm - 1.30 pm, Sainte-Anne de la Butte-aux-Cailles church

Station of the Cross : Saint-André de l’Europe
Saint-André de l’Europe (75008)
12.30pm - 1.30 pm, Place de Dublin church
Station of the Cross: Montmartre
Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre (75018)
12.30pm - 2 pm, Square Louise Michel

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris et son trésor

Place of worship
6 parvis Notre-Dame - Place Jean-Paul II, Paris, 75004

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, is the most visited monument in France. It was built......

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