Seven parishes in and near the Capital City will host an evening of silent pilgrimage and prayer following the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, April 14.
The Most Blessed Sacrament will be reposed for Adoration in all seven churches until midnight.
The churches include:
All are invited to participate in the centuries-old tradition of visiting at least seven Altars of Repose in local churches.
In Rome, the custom is closely tied to visiting the seven major Roman basilicas. Catholics remember when Jesus asked His disciples to stay and watch with Him while they were in the garden after the Last Supper.
This tradition of mindful watching is a pilgrimage to various altars of repose, in different churches that correspond to each of the seven places, or “stations,” that were made by Jesus between the Last Supper in the Upper Room to His crucifixion on the cross.
At each of the seven stops, a brief meditation is made upon the events of the first Holy Thursday following the Last Supper:
Upon entering each church, pilgrims visit the Altar of Repose, kneel, make the Sign of the Cross, read the appropriate Scripture passage for each station, and engage in private prayer and adoration.
At the seventh station, many will close their pilgrimage by opting to observe a Holy Hour.