The State Funeral of the commanders and participants of the 1863-1864 uprising to be held on 22 November

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2019 11 19

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The State Funeral of commanders Zygmunt Sierakowski and Konstanty Kalinowski and 18 other participants of the 1863-1864 uprising, whose remains have been unearthed in Gediminas Hill, will be held on 22 November 2019.

The ceremony will begin at 8.30 in the courtyard of the National Museum of the Palace of Grand Dukes of Lithuania; later, at 8.45, the coffins/sarcophagi will be carried into the Cathedral Basilica of St. Stanislav and St. Vladislav. From 9.00 to 11.30, there will be a public farewell, with the participation of state officials and foreign delegations from the neighbouring states.

At 12.00, a Holy Mass will be celebrated by Metropolitan Archbishop of Vilnius, Gintaras Grušas. From 13.15 to 13.30, there will be farewell speeches and solemn observances. Eulogies will be given by H. E. President of the Republic of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda, H. E. President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda and Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Igor Petrishenko.

Please be advised that entry into the Cathedral will be restricted. The ceremony will be live-streamed on big screens in Cathedral Square. Access to the Old Rasos Cemetery will also be restricted. The ceremony will be live-streamed on big screens at the entry into Rasos Cemetery.

At 13.40, the funeral procession will proceed along the streets of Vrublevskio, Šventaragio, Pilies, Didžioji, Aušros Vartų (Gate of Dawn), Drujos, Rasų to the Old Rasos Cemetery. The commanders and participants of the 1863-1864 uprising will be laid to eternal rest in the Chapel of the Old Rasos Cemetery.

The Chapel of the Old Rasos Cemetery, where the commanders and participants of the 1863-1864 uprising have been laid to rest, will be open to visitors from 16.00 to 24.00. On 23-24 November, the Chapel will be open to the public from 9.00 to 21.00. For the sake of safety, visitors are requested not to bring candles into the Chapel.

On 22-24 November, respresentatives of the Lithuanian Scouts, the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association in Lithuania (ZHPnL) and the Lithuanian Riflemen's Union will be standing in the guard of honour at the Chapel of the Old Rasos Cemetery, where the commanders and participants of the 1863-1864 uprising have been laid to rest.

Public organisations and people are invited to join the funeral procession with flags.

The funeral ceremony will be broadcast by the Lithuanian National Radio and Television.

 

FOR MEDIA ATTENTION: Because of space constraints, only a limited number of journalists will be able to work at the event. Therefore, only media photographers and camera operators of the media outlets having the largest outreach have been accredited. We suggest that those having not received accreditation granting access to dedicated press areas cover the event from public spaces.

 

Accompanying events

On 20 November, the National Museum of Lithuania will open up an exhibition featuring the lives and the tragic fate of the participants of the 1863-1864 uprising.

To commemorate the 1863-1864 uprising, the Vilnius Picture Gallery of the Lithuanian Art Museum (Chodkevičiai Palace, Didžioji Street 4) is opening an exhibition ‘Artur Grottger. ‘Lituania’. 1863-1864 uprising in Lithuania’.

There will also be an academic conference/ round table: ‘The 1863-1864 uprising in the historical memory of Lithuania, Poland and Belarus’, which will bring together historians from all the three countries.

 

Publication ‘To death and rebirth’. The Ceremony of the State Funeral of the commanders and participants of the 1863-1864 uprising, Vilnius, 22 November 2019.

 

Programme

THE CEREMONY OF THE STATE FUNERAL OF THE COMMANDERS AND PARTICIPANTS OF THE 1863-1864 UPRISING, WHOSE REMAINS HAVE BEEN UNEARTHED IN GEDIMINAS HILL

22 November 2019 (Friday), Vilnius

8.30

Coffins of the commanders and participants of the 1863-1864 uprising leave the courtyard of the Palace of Grand Dukes of Lithuania. A solemn military formation in Cathedral Square. The coffins enter the Cathedral Basilica.

9.00-11.30

Public farewell.

Access to the Cathedral will be restricted (limited space). The farewell will be live-streamed on the screen in Cathedral Square.

12.00

Holy Mass celebration in the Cathedral Basilica.

Access to the Cathedral will be restricted (limited space). The Holy Mass will be live-streamed on the screen in Cathedral Square.

13.15

Farewell speeches by H. E. President of the Republic of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda, H. E. President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda and Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Igor Petrishenko.

13.40

Coffins leave the Cathedral Basilica. The funeral procession departs en route to the Old Rasos Cemetery.

(Procession route: along the streets of Vrublevskio, Šventaragio, Pilies, Didžioji, Aušros Vartų (Gate of Dawn), Drujos, Rasų to the Old Rasos Cemetery).

Everyone is welcome to follow the funeral procession.

~ 14.25

Stopping the funeral procession at Aušros Vartai (Gate of Dawn). Chanting prayers in Lithuanian, Polish and Belarusian.

~ 15.00

Funeral procession arrives at the Old Rasos Cemetery. Funeral ceremony.

Entry to the Old Rasos Cemetery will be closed; the ceremony will be live-streamed on the screens at the entry into the Cemetery and behind Józef Piłsudski memorial.

From 16.00 to 24.00

 

On 23-24 November, from 9.00 to 21.00

Chapel of the Old Rasos Cemetery, where the commanders and participants of the 1863-1864 uprising have been laid to rest, is open to visitors.