General Description - Traditional Holy Week
Experience the traditional Holy Week liturgies in Rome, the heart of the Church. Join us for the beauty, drama and mystery of the liturgy; join us for expert lectures of special interest for Catholics attached to the ceremonies of the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite; join us for guided visits to sites of special spiritual and cultural interest; and join us for fine food and fellowship. Families with children welcome!
Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini was entrusted in 2008 to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter for the pastoral care of Catholics attached to the extraordinary form of the Roman rite. The church was built between 1587-1616 by the Archiconfraternità della S.ma Trinità dei Pellegrini, a pious fraternity founded in 1540 by S. Philip Neri which began receiving pilgrims in Rome for the 1550 Jubilee. Convenire Pilgrimages is proud to collaborate with the parish of S.ma Trinità dei Pellegrini to revive this ancient tradition.
Liturgy in Rome
S.sma Trinità is fortunate to enjoy a large number of both ordained and lay ministers and a professional choir, allowing the parish to celebrate Solemn High Mass on a weekly basis and the Holy Week liturgies with an extraordinary degree of beauty and dignity.
The pilgrimage begins on Saturday, April 8, 2017, so that pilgrims may be present for the beautiful procession and blessing of palms on Palm Sunday. We will attend evening Masses on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week. On Wednesday night the haunting Tenebrae services begin. After the Holy Thursday Mass In coena Domini we will follow the custom of visiting seven churches to pray and watch a moment with the Lord at the beautifully decorated Altars of Repose. Before the Good Friday liturgy there will be a Via Crucis in the afternoon and after the service a choice of remaining for Tenebrae at S.ma Trinità or joining Pope Francis at the Colosseum. The Easter Vigil Mass and Easter Sunday Mass bring our pilgrimage to its glorious and triumphant end. The pilgrimage ends Monday, April 17, 2016.
Every morning of Holy Week from Monday to Friday there will be a guided visit to sites of religious and cultural interest. These include:
Afternoons will be free to allow pilgrims time to explore Rome independently.
The pilgrimage will include a variety of lectures on topics of interest to Catholics attached to the ceremonies of the extraordinary form. Topics to be covered include the symbolism of the Holy Week liturgies (speaker to be announced), the history and development of the Roman rite (from Gregory diPippo, editor of the online journal New Liturgical Movement) the history and development of the Western liturgical musical tradition (speaker to be announced), and a meditation on the Cross (from Dr. Eric Hewett of the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study).
The 2016 itinerary is available here. The 2017 itinerary will be posted when available.
Travel and Arrival
Convenire Pilgrimages does not arrange flights. Convenire Pilgrimages will arrange for a driver to pick up pilgrims from the airport and bring them to our guesthouse and another transfer back to the airport. After registering, pilgrims should purchase their own flights to arrive at the Roma Fiumicino airport on Saturday, April 8, 2017 and depart on Monday, April 17, 2017. If someone wishes to participate in the pilgrimage but is unable to spend the full period of the pilgrimage in Rome, please contact us for special arrangements.
The pilgrimage includes housing in a guesthouse located in a convent built in 1600. It is within short walking distance of SS. Trinità dei Pellegrini and is also located near a major conjunction of urban bus routes.
A pilgrimage leader from Convenire will stay with the group to inform participants of schedules, coordinate airport pickup and travel within Rome, answer questions and deal with problems.
Transportation in Rome
Guided visits will travel by public transport or by charter bus depending on the distance of the site from our housing. The pilgrimage includes a week pass for the Roman public transport for private travel during free afternoons.
The pilgrimage includes breakfast in the guesthouse each morning and three group dinners. Other meals are not included.
If desired, child care during the guided visits in the mornings and the lectures is included.
The pilgrimage costs $1650 for single adults, discounted to $3200 for married couples.
Accompanying children under 16 are free.
To reserve a spot, contact us by email here.
The pilgrimage is restricted in size. A total of 20 spots for adults are available.