Seven Churches Visitation on Holy Thursday

Altar of Repose at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church in Down Neck Newark

Altar of Repose at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church in Down Neck Newark

It’s an ancient tradition to visit Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament on the Altar of Repose at seven churches on the evening of Holy Thursday following the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.  The tradition is believed to have started in Rome, Italy.  The faithful would make a pilgrimage to the seven Roman basilicas: St. John Lateran (San Giovanni Laterano), St. Peter’s Basilica (San Pietro), St. Mary Major (Santa Maria Maggiore), St. Paul Outside the Walls (San Paolo fuori le mura), St. Sebastian (San Sebastiano), St. Lawrence Outside the Walls (San Lorenzo fuori le mura), Santa Croce in Jerusalem (Santa Croce in Gerusalemme).  They would pray and spend some time “keeping watch” at each church.

A picture of Our Lady of Sorrows (Mater Dolorosa) in the re-creation of the Garden of Gethsemane at Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church in Wallington

A picture of Our Lady of Sorrows (Mater Dolorosa) in the re-creation of the Garden of Gethsemane at Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church in Wallington

I’m trying to come up with an itinerary of the seven churches to visit in North Jersey, namely Bergen & Passaic Counties (Newark Archdiocese or Paterson Diocese).  Any suggestions on the other six churches?  Are there any must visit altars?  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church in Wallington is a must.  Will you be visiting churches in your (arch)diocese?  Have a blessed Holy Week. Pax et bonum, Anthony “Tony Mangia” Scillia

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One thought on “Seven Churches Visitation on Holy Thursday

  1. Sam Ahn March 24, 2016 at 10:31 am Reply

    Hello, I see that this post is a year old, but am also in the Archdiocese of Newark.
    Did you come up with a list of churches to visit? Love to hear about it.

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