Catholic and Orthodox Churches celebrate joint Easter. In 2017, Catholic and Orthodox congregations celebrate Easter on the same day, namely 16 April. A day earlier, on Easter Saturday, the faithful will have their food blessed at their local churches. Their traditional hampers should be filled with eggs, bread, salt, cheese curds, cold meat and horseradish.
Prior to Holy Week
The Roman Catholic Cathedral (Saint John the Baptist's Church) provides the following religious service : Stations of the Cross (Friday, 8.30 am; 7 pm; 5 pm (children and young people) and Lenten Lamentations (Sunday 5.30 pm).
Throughout Lent, the Polish Catholic Cathedral (Saint Magdalene's Church) holds Stations of the Cross every Friday (6 pm) and Lenten Lamentations every Sunday (12 pm). On Palm Sunday (9 April), apart from Sunday Mass (11 am), a Stabat Mater performance is also scheduled (4 pm).
Orthodox and Greek Catholic congregations are going to attend the churches of the Wrocław and Szczecin Dioicese (the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Theotokos, the Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius see service hours, the Church of Saint Peter Mohyla, the Metropolitan of Kyiv and Halych, the Church of Saint Vincent and Saint James (the Greek Catholic Eparchy of Wrocław and Gdańsk).
Holy Week and Easter at Orthodox and Greek Catholic congregations
On Palm Sunday, Orthodox and Greek Catholic congregations have their palms blessed to commemorate the entry of Jesus to Jerusalem. This followed by a period of fasting (known as soul cleansing) throughout Holy Week, when churches hold the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, preceded by Mattins and hours.
On Maundy Thursday, Orthodox congregations refrain from eating, their houses are all tidy but without net curtains in the windows. The only busy place is the kitchen.
On Easter Saturday, when Resurrection is anticipated, the faithful have their foods blessed and visit cemeteries.
The Easter Saturday service is held at midnight. The solemn procession with the Christ in the Tomb makes three circles around the church. The procession comes to an end when the priest approaches the entrance to the church and proclaims: "Christos Woskresie" (Christ has risen), and the faithful respond: "Woistinu Woskriesie" (He has truly risen). The congregation proceeds to Mattins and Holy Liturgy (ca. 5 hours).
At the dawn of Easter Sunday, or the Great Day), the faithful return home to share eggs with one another and celebrate Easter breakfast. Easter tables are laden with pates. cold meats, roast meat, fine and rich yeast cakes, paskha (made with eggs, milk and creamed cheese curds with sugar and nuts). Greek breakfast begins with mayeritsa, soup made of tripe or lamb).
Eastern congregations call the Paskha Week after Easter luminous. They take dyed eggs to cemeteries and leave them slightly split at their family graves.
Paschal Triduum in the Wrocław Cathedral
- The Triduum will begin with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
- On Good Friday, the Liturgy of the Passion and Death of the Lord will be held at 6:30 p.m.
- On Holy Saturday, the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Christ’s Tomb will last from 8:00 a.m. till 8:00 p.m. Food for the Easter table will be blessed in the Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross from 11:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.
- The celebration of Easter will start with the Paschal Vigil at 8:30 p.m., which will be concluded by a resurrection procession.
- On Easter Sunday, the Cathedral will be open from 7:45 a.m. Masses will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
- On Thursday, the Liturgy of Saint Basil will be held at 10:00 a.m. The Matins of Christ’s Passion (Utrenja Strastiej) will be held at 6:00 p.m.
- On Good Friday, the Weczirnia mass will be held at 5:00 p.m., at the end of which the Epitaphios (a type of icon with an image of Christ’s body after death wrapped in cloth) is brought away.
- On Holy Saturday, Vespers with the Liturgy of Saint Basil and the blessing of food will take place at 5:00 p.m. The Resurrection period begins on Easter Sunday from 7:00 a.m. The Easter Matins hymn is sung at dawn after a procession around the temple.
Not only for the spirit – what’s open on Easter
As usual, we can count on the Zoo and the Africarium, which are open every day. We also recommend a visit to the Botanical Garden. Cinemas and the Kolejkowo railway station mock-up will be open, too.
Zoo and Africarium
- 15th-17th April – open from 9:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m. Cash offices are open till 6:00 p.m.
- 15th April: open fron 11.00 a.m till 8 p.m
- 16-17th April – open from 8:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m., sightseeing till 8:00 p.m.,
15th April till 2:00 p.m.
16th April closed
17th April from 10:00 a.m.
Orbita Swimming Pool:
15th April from 6:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m.
16th April closed
17th April from 12:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m.
15th-17th April from 10:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m.
15th April from 10:00 a.m. till 8:00 p.m.
16th-17th April: closed
Observation point in Sky Tower
15th April till 2:30 p.m.
16th April closed
17th April from 10:00 a.m. till 2:30 p.m.
Tower of the Church of Saint Elizabeth
- The observation tower (April – October) is available to visitors from 10:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m.
Cinemas for Easter
- All cinemas will be open on Friday, Saturday and Monday.
Wroclaw restaurants or cafés will also work on the first day of Easter. On that day, you can visit, for example, the Literatka cafe (Sunday from 1:00 p.m.), the Cesarsko-Królewska Restaurant or the Okrasa Restaurant from 12:00 p.m.