What Does Urbi et Orbi mean? The Pope’s Easter Message Explained
For some, Easter is just a day full Egg hunt, Chocolate bunnies, and devilish eggs. For many Christians around the world it is a memory to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whether you’re a character (the person who only goes to mass for Easter and Christmas) or one of the estimated 1.2 billion active Catholics worldwide. There’s nothing better than spending Easter blessing the Pope in the Vatican to watch – even when you are sitting on your couch.
How to see the Pope’s Easter Mass and the “Urbi et Orbi” blessing
Typically, Pope Francis conducts mass and papal blessing in the Vatican in front of hundreds of thousands of participants. This year, however, Italy remains nationally blocked until April 13 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, meaning that the Pope will celebrate Easter Sunday without a crowd. Everything – the Easter Sunday mass, followed by the blessing “Urbi et Orbi” and the papal Easter message – takes place in the Peterskirche. This means that we will not look at the Pope on the basilica balcony as in previous years.
Fortunately, you can Live broadcast the 11 o’clock Easter fair (5 a.m. ET and 2 a.m. ET) on YouTubefollowed by the Pope’s blessing and message. If you’d rather make up for your peace of mind, you can watch clips of the various services along with the full crowd and news on the Vatican YouTube channel. Vatican news.
The meaning and importance of “Urbi et Orbi” explained
Literally “Urbi et Orbi” is Latin for “for the city and for the world”.“This message, which is conveyed by the Pope, is addressed directly to the city of Rome and the worldwide or universal Church.” In the history of this papal tradition, the worldwide Church is the Roman Catholic Church as Catholicos means “universal”. More recently, the term has expanded to include all Christians and people of good will who are open to receiving the message, “explains Bruce Morrill, Ph.D., the Edward A. Malloy Chair for Catholic Studies at the Vanderbilt Divinity School.
The message itself includes “solemn proclamation, biblical and traditional explanation of the festival, care for those in need and a warning to everyone to put the content of the festival into a faithful, moral and socio-ethical practice”. In recent years, Pope Francis has used this opportunity to address important global concerns, particularly poverty, the refugee crisis, and climate change.
Urbi et Orbi
Just a few weeks ago, the Pope gave the blessing “Urbi et Orbi” after the COVID 19 crisis. This blessing is usually reserved for Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and the election of a new Pope – but the Pope considered it necessary in this unprecedented time. While the extraordinary blessing on March 27thThe Pope stood alone on the steps of St. Peter’s Square, reminding the world to have faith despite the uncertainty, and emphasized the calming of the storm in the Gospel of Mark.
This Easter’s “Urbi et Orbi” blessing will likely have similar tones. Apart from the powerful message about the resurrection of Jesus, the address usually ends with the indulgence in the plenary. Morrill says this is basically the Pope’s way of “imparting special graces that the Church believes God wants to continually bestow”. This includes a pardon for all sins committed, which are granted to the Roman Catholic confession of his sins and receive holy communion within a few weeks.