There will be an opportunity to prayerfully practice the Seven Churches Devotion, this Holy Thursday, while also getting to visit the various churches within our Family of Parishes! To celebrate this wonderful devotion, we have arranged for seven churches (listed below) to have Adoration available from 8-10pm. It would take the entire two hours if visiting all seven churches in the order below with five minutes at each location, but you may visit as many or as few churches in any order as you would like as you use this evening to keep watch with the Lord. For those who would like to carpool, please contact the parish office.

St. Maximilian KolbeMass at 7pm at Corfu site followed by Adoration until 10pm

St. John the Baptist: Mass at 7pm followed by Adoration until 10pm

Immaculate Heart of Mary: Mass at 7pm at Darien site followed by Adoration until 10pm

St. John Neumann: Mass at 7pm at Strykersville site followed by Adoration until 10pm

Ss. Joachim & Anne: Mass at 7pm at Varysburg site followed by Adoration until 10pm

Ss. Joachim & Anne: Adoration at Attica site, 8-10pm

St. Maximilian Kolbe: Adoration at E. Pembroke site, 8-10pm

Holy Thursday is the feast that marks the end of Lent and the beginning of the Holy Triduum, which includes Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday. At the 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 Mass, the Eucharist is placed on a temporary “altar of repose” away from the sanctuary. The faithful then spend time in quiet prayer and adoration. The Seven Churches devotion and Pilgrimage is a tradition that grew out of this time of prayer and adoration. We 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 each of the seven places, or “stations,” that were made by Jesus between the Last Supper to His crucifixion on the cross. You travel to seven local churches on the evening of Holy Thursday. These visits recall the final seven places Jesus went from his arrest on Holy Thursday to his death on Good Friday.

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 given the crown of thorns and led to his crucifixion (Matthew 27: 27-31).

Upon entering each church, pilgrims visit the altar of repose, kneel, make the sign of the cross, read the appropriate scripture for each station and engage in private prayer and adoration. You may add other prayers as well.

The Seven Churches Visitation is a powerful way to spend time in adoration, meditating on Christ’s sacrifice of love for the salvation of souls in preparation for the joy of Easter. There is something special about visiting churches at night. It is not just because of the opportunity to visit other parishes, it’s because of intentionally seeking Christ to spend time with Him and contemplating the gift of His love.