The Archbishops of Armagh and Dublin will concelebrate the annual 1916 Mass of Remembrance in the Church of the Sacred Heart – the church of the Defence Forces – in Arbour Hill, Dublin at 10.00am this Sunday, 24th April, the centenary date of the 1916 Easter Rising.
The Primate of All Ireland and Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin, will be principal celebrant at the Mass, while the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, will preside and preach the homily.
The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, as well as members of the Government, will be in attendance at the Mass, joined by relatives of those executed following the Rising.
To mark this special anniversary, an inter-faith prayer service will take place after the Mass in Arbour Hill Cemetery, along with a wreath-laying by President Higgins. The adjacent military cemetery is the resting place for fourteen of the executed leaders of the Rising including Pádraig Pearse, James Connolly and Major John McBride.
The 1916 Mass of Remembrance and surrounding events will be broadcast live on RTÉ One Television and on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra and Longwave 252. Television coverage begins at 9.45am and radio coverage begins at 10.00am, which is the scheduled start time for the Mass.
Picture: The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, blesses graves during the annual 1916 state commemoration at Arbour Hill, cemetery in Dublin, in 2011. (Niall Carson/PA).