Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Different Holy Thursday

Greetings during this Easter Octave of joy.

My experience of the great three days this year was a little different for me. I had a very long delay in a late afternoon dental appointment on Holy Thursday and got caught in horrible Chicago traffic, so was not able to get back to the city in time to attend the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper. However, I did meet up with a colleague from WLP and his son, who were visiting the altars of repose in several downtown churches, particularly the Polish parishes. So my Holy Thursday observance this year included visits to four downtown Chicago parishes. Here are some photos I took of the various altars of repose in those churches, Saint Stanislaus, Holy Trinity, and Saint Mary of the Angels.

If you are ever looking for a pilgrimage during a future Holy Week, consider visiting Chicago. The areas around these churches on Holy Thursday night are loaded with buses; people from the surrounding suburbs travel from their own parishes to visit these city parishes. Some of the parishes provide information about the parish as part of their hospitality outreach during the night. Here's what the front steps of one church looked like as the folks came off their buses:

Tomorrow, I'll share what was a remarkable Good Friday experience with you.

Happy Easter!

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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