Saturday, March 20, 2010
Visiting all the Catholic Churches in Franklin
The tradition of visiting seven churches on Holy Thursday is an ancient practice, probably originating in Rome, where early pilgrims visited the seven pilgrim churches as penance. They are Saint John Lateran, Saint Peter, Saint Mary Major, Saint Paul-outside-the-Walls, Saint Lawrence Outside the Walls, Holy Cross-in-Jerusalem, and traditionally Saint Sebastian Outside the Walls. Pope John Paul II replaced St. Sebastian with the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Divine Love for the jubilee year of 2000.
But here in Franklin, MA, USA, we only have one Catholic Church in town. What do we do?
Hope the interfaith council does something. I'll count attending that service as visiting the seven churches.