Programme for the Memorial and Funeral Ceremonies
Warsaw, 17th April 2010
12.00 – State ceremony at Plac Józefa Piłsudskiego to pay a last tribute to the late President of the Republic of Poland, Lech Kaczyński, his wife, Maria Kaczyńska, and other victims of the crash.
13.00 – Memorial mass at Plac Józefa Piłsudskiego celebrated by the Episcopate of Poland for the victims of the plane crash, presided over by an emissary of Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Angelo Sodano.
It will still be possible to pay one’s respects to the late First Couple at the Presidential Palace until 15.00.
17.30 – Caskets of the President and the First Lady will leave the Presidential Palace on their journey to the Warsaw metropolitan church (NOTE: accreditations apply: Please fill in the accreditation form until Saturday 10 am: https://www.prezydent.pl/dla-mediow/akredytacje-online/pozegnanie-pary-prezydenckiej/ )
18.00 – Mass for the late President, Lech Kaczyński, and Maria Kaczyńska in Warsaw metropolitan church. The ceremony will be presided over by Archbishop Kazimierz Nycz, the Metropolitan Bishop of Warsaw. The homily will be delivered by Henryk Muszyński, the Primate of Poland.
After the Mass is over, an all-night vigil and praying will begin.
Warsaw, 18th April 2010
7.00 – The caskets of the late President, Lech Kaczyński, and his wife, Maria Kaczyńska, begin their journey to Okęcie military airport.
8.00 – The aircraft carrying the caskets of Lech Kaczyński and his wife departs for Balice Airport in Cracow.
Cracow, 18th April 2010
The caskets of the late President, Lech Kaczyński, and the First Lady will be transported from Balice Airport to St. Mary's Basilica in the Main Market Square.
10.00 – Ceremony involving transporting the caskets of the late President and his wife to St. Mary's Basilica.
14.00 – Requiem Mass in St. Mary's Basilica, presided over by an emissary of Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Angelo Sodano.
15.30 – Funeral procession begins its journey along ul. Grodzka to the Wawel Cathedral.
16.30-17.15 – Liturgical farewell to the late First Couple. The ceremony will be presided over by Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, the Metropolitan Bishop of Cracow.
Directly after the farewell ceremony the caskets of the late President, Lech Kaczyński, and his wife will be moved to the cathedral crypt and the bodies will subsequently be placed in their sarcophagus.
17.15-18.00 – Heads of groups of foreign emissaries extend their condolences to families of the First Couple and to the Polish state authorities in the courtyard of the Wawel Castle.
After the ceremony is over, the Wawel Cathedral and the crypt where the sarcophagus of the First Couple is located will be made available to other participants of the funeral.
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