There is an ancient tradition of visiting seven churches on Holy Thursday following the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.
This evening I’ll be attending Mass at Rome’s Cathedral, Saint John Lateran. This church has a special significance today as it contains part of the cedar table used at the Last Supper.
At the conclusion of tonight’s liturgy, I’ll set out across Rome to visit, not seven, but as many Chapels of Repose as possible.
As most churches will stay open until midnight, and with about three solid hours, I should be able to get to quite a few.
I have an idea in mind as to how many I’d like to visit, but I also want to hear from you…
How many churches do you think I can visit tonight?
The closest answer will get a rosary blessed by the Holy Father this Easter Sunday at his Urbi et Orbi blessing.
Though I’ll be rushing from one church to the next, I still want it to be a prayerful experience, so of course I’ll be pausing for prayer inside each church.
My family will be joining me as well!
This will be an evening where I can share the many beautifully decorated Chapels of Repose with those of you back home. It will also give those unfamiliar with travel in Rome an idea of just how many churches there are in this lovely city.