The national celebration of St. Olav in Trondheim – Olsok 2023

Welcome to the national celebration of St. Olav in Trondheim. The Catholic Church in Norway honours the feast day of its patron saint with an annual festivity. Remembering the roots of Norwegian faith and culture, these days bring together pilgrims and believers from all over the country and from abroad.

We can offer a programme rich in variety for this year’s Olsok celebration. It begins with the opening mass July 27thand ends with an excursion to the newly built Cistercian monastery of Munkeby July 30th.

Olsok 2023 – This year’s programme

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  • EWTN Norge offers coverage of the celebrations via livestream.

The program

Thursday, July 27th

17.00 Arrival of the NUK pilgrimage (Norway’s Young Catholics)

17.00 Confession

18.00 Opening mass

19.30 Supper in the atrium next to the church

20.00 Book launch “Å finne sammen – Politiske innspill” by bishop Erik Varden OCSO. Conversation between Kristine Dingstad and bishop Erik Varden

Friday, July 28th

8.00 Mass at St. Olav church

9.00 Departure of the bus to Stiklestad

11.00 Procession to the church in Stiklestad (The bus will bring those to the church who can’t take part in the procession)

12.00 Pontifical high mass at Stiklestad church and Florian Pletscher’s ordination to the deaconate

14.00 Procession to the catholic chapel in Stiklestad

14.30 Confession inside the chapel, refreshments around the chapel

16.00 Return to Trondheim

18.00 First vespers of the solemnity of St. Olav

19.00 Reception and dinner in the parish hall on occasion of the ordination to the deaconate

22.00 Vigils of the solemnity

Saturday, July 29th

9.00 Lauds

9.30 Confession in the church, coffee in the atrium

10.00 Children’s programme

12.00 Olsok talk by Knut Ødegård

15.00 Pontifical high mass (Nidaros cathedral)

18.00 Vespers (Nidaros cathedral)

19.00 Concluding dinner in the parish hall

Sunday, July 30th

11.00 High mass

12.30 Departure of the bus to Munkeby

14.00 Visit of the newly built monastery and church

15.00 Refreshments in the monastery

16.00 Return to Trondheim

Last updated July 25th 2023. Subject to changes.

Registration for the Olsok celebrations

It is necessary to register so the bus trips and dinners can be arranged.

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