Many older Catholics remember a popular devotion of visiting seven churches on the evening of Holy Thursday. After communion at the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Blessed Sacrament is carried in procession to a special “Altar of Repose” for Adoration until midnight. Often, these special shrines are beautifully decorated. In times past, Catholics were encouraged to visit different churches to pray before these altars.
We often tried to visit seven churches on Holy Thursday in imitation of the pious exercise of pilgrims to Rome. The Roman pilgrimage called for visits to the four major Papal Basilicas (St. Peter’s, St. John Lateran, St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, and St. Mary Major) and three of the minor basilicas (San Sebastiano, San Lorenzo fuori le Mura, and Santa Croce in Gerusalemme).
For the past few years, we have observed the customary visits on a bus, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. We plan on keeping the practice as part of our observance of the Triduum. After the 7 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper, we will go to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, St. Michael, St. Clement, Mary of the Lake, St. Andrew, and St. John Cantius before returning to St. Alphonsus.
Please consider joining us. A link to sign up will be posted shortly.