On Easter Sunday the Faithful began to fill St. Peter's, Rome, in the early hours of the morning, so that by nine o'clock it was practically full.
The Pope, attended by eighteen Cardinals and twenty Bishops, proceeded a few minutes after nine in
the gestatorial chair by the Scala Regia and through the central bronze doors of the Basilica.
Wearing the tiara of Pius IX, he was acclaimed by barge crowds, through whom he was carried as he blessed them.
Among the Cardinals in attendance was the Cardinal Primate of Poland.
Having paused at the Chapel of the Holy Trinity, where he prayed to the Blessed Sacrament, the Pope seated himself in his throne for the singing of Terce.
After vesting, the Mass was begun, and after the gospel the Papal Homily was preached, followed by the Papal Blessing.
After the Mass the Papal proceesion was reformed. A few minutes later, when the Basilica had emptied, the Holy Father appeared at the outer balcony over the Piazza and imparted his solemn blessing urbi et orb.
The Vatican Radio broadcast the whole ceremony and the blessing, which was also transmitted by the Italian stations.