Holy Thursday is the feast that marks the end of Lent and the beginning of the Holy
Triduum, which is Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday. At this Mass of the
Lord’s Supper, Catholics remember the Passover meal, when Jesus instituted the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist by sharing bread and wine with His disciples, saying, “Do this in memory of Me.”
At the end of the Holy Thursday Mass, the Eucharist is placed on a temporary “altar of repose” away from the
sanctuary. It is customary for the faithful to process together to this altar and spend time in quiet prayer and
adoration. In the Roman Missal, it states: “The faithful are invited to continue adoration before the Blessed Sacrament for a suitable length of time during the night, according to circumstance.”
The Seven Churches Visitation is a tradition that grew out of this time of prayer and adoration. Catholics remember when Jesus asked his disciples to stay and watch with Him while they were in the Garden. This tradition of
mindful watching is a sort of pilgrimage to various altars of repose in different churches that correspond to seven
specific places, or “stations,” that were made by Jesus between the Last Supper in the Upper Room to His crucifixion on the Cross.
The seven stations consist of: Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22: 39-46); Jesus bound and taken
before Annas (John 18: 19-22); Jesus taken before the High Priest Caiaphas (Matthew 26: 63-65); Jesus taken
before Pilate (John 18, 35-37); Jesus taken before Herod (Luke 23: 8-9; 11),; Jesus taken before Pilate again
(Matthew 27: 22-26) and Jesus crowned with thorns and led to his crucifixion (Matthew 27: 27-31).
Fr. Dominic is organizing the Visit to the Seven Churches after our Holy Thursday liturgy. The price of the ride is
$8.00. More information next weekend.