Liturgical Life

Religious and Special Celebrations at the Pantheon

Mass celebrations timetable

The Basilica of the Pantheon is a church that has been consecrated to the catholic faith since the 13th of May 609 and since that date it has been uninterruptedly used to honour God, the private and public prayers of the faithful, and the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist, the sanctification of the Christian population through the sacraments.

5.00 p.m.

Saturdays and on pre-holidays

10.30 a.m.

Sunday and public holidays

upcoming events

Special celebrations and religious events in the Basilica

Without prejudice to the precautions due to the ongoing pandemic situation and the new government decisions that may be issued, the celebrations of the pre-holiday and holiday Masses take place as per the calendar: 

Saturday and pre-holidays at 17.00; Sundays and public holidays at 10.30. 
  • Wednesday 22 February 2023 h. 17.00 Holy Chapter Mass with the imposition of the Ashes for the beginning of Lent. The Canon Penitentiary Msgr presides. Vittorio Pignoloni. Animates the Choir of the Basilica directed by M° don Michele Faustino Loda. Day of abstinence and fasting.
  • Every Friday of Lent (24 February, 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 March 2023) at 17.00: Organ Elevations by Maestro don Michele Faustino Loda.
  • Sunday 19 March 2023 at 17.00: Holy Mass of the Pontifical Academy of the Virtuosi at the Pantheon presided over by the Em.mo Card. President and animated by the Choir of M° Marco Frisina.
  • Sunday 2 April 2023 at 10.30 am “Domenica delle Palme”: Commemoration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, procession and Holy Chapter Mass of the Lord’s Passion presided over by Canon mons. Bruno Gagliarducci and animated by the Choir of the Basilica directed by M° don Michele F. Loda with the participation of the Choir “Salvo D’Acquisto”.
    The Easter Triduum celebrations take place at the Parish of S. Maria in Aquiro in the nearby Piazza Capranica
  • Friday 7 April 2023 at 3.00 pm: Organ Elevation in the Passion of the Lord. At the “Tamburini” organ Maestro don Michele F. Loda.
  • Sunday 9 April 2023 at 10.30 am: Holy Chapter Mass of the Easter of the Resurrection. The Canon Msgr presides. Maurice Costantini. It animates the choir of the Basilica directed by M° don Michele F. Loda.
  • Friday 14 April 2023 at 17.00: Holy Mass of the Easter Station with the presence of the Pontifical Academy “Cultorum Martyrum“. The Proposal is chaired by His Excellency Msgr. Santo Marcianò, Ordinary Military Archbishop for Italy. Animates the Choir of the Basilica directed by M° don Michele F. Loda.
  • Saturday 13 May 2023 at 17.00: Holy Mass on the occasion of the MCDXIV anniversary of the Dedication of the Basilica. The Proposal is chaired by His Excellency Msgr. Santo Marcianò, Ordinary Military Archbishop for Italy. Animates the Choir of the Basilica directed by M° don Michele F. Loda.

Rules for your visit

Visiting a church is always a spiritual experience. During the visit therefore you are invited to maintain a decorous behaviour and wear suitable clothing as well as contributing to silence and prayer. The visit can become your particular moment of grace: with the Virgin Mary, to whom the Basilica is dedicated with the name S. Maria dei Martiri, and with her son Jesus.

Welcome of Archpriest

"Every year millions of visitors enter the Basilica of Sancta Maria ad Martyres, the Pantheon in Rome. Some do not know that it is a Christian church. Some are not Christians. Many do not belong to any religious faith. They are tourists. Tourists with a thousand faces, which seem to be carried by the flow of things. They enter to visit a monument in ancient Rome, a monument from the past to which they hardly attribute value in the present. The Pantheon, however, still has a life of its own. It speaks to the present and has a future The Pantheon still resounds with songs and hymns to God. It is still a place of recollection and research. It is still a temple. So a simple tourist visit to the Pantheon can open up to the surprise of the encounter with the Basilica of Sancta Maria ad Martyres. And a simple visitor, a distracted tourist, can suddenly find himself a pilgrim. The Pantheon is capable of this surprise. The Pantheon wants you to be a pilgrim, the protagonist of a journey that sees you find what you are and what you love, what you hope for and what you want. Look up: don't just see, watch! Stones, statues, marbles, a monumental dome, an ancient design, old enigmas of light, space, luminous stars ... Become a pilgrim of yourself. Seek and find yourself. Let yourself be looked for and let yourself be found. As for us, we just want to be your travel companions. "
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Mons. Daniele Michele Micheletti

Chapter of Canons

The Collegiate Basilica of S. Maria ad Martyres is the church of Rome, a part of the four Papal Basilicas, still governed by a Chapter of Canons, established for solemn worship and composed of twelve effective priests and six honoraries. Allocating such a large number of priests to the service of the Basilica of the Pantheon depends mainly on the large number of faithful who participate in the liturgical life, but also on the historical and religious importance of the Basilica, present throughout the world since ancient times. The Canons are coordinated by an Archpriest, who is also the Rector of the Basilica, and has the task of presiding over the Chapter, ordering the celebrations and taking care of both the worship activity that proclaims the pastoral welcome of pilgrims and visitors, administering the Basilica it is provided with all the expenses of worship with the offerings given by the faithful.