Seven Church Walk: Young Adults Bring a Rome Tradition to DC

March 25, 2010

Over 100 young adults will spend this Saturday on a “Seven Church Walk,” in a revival of a centuries-old custom. They will travel over six miles on foot to seven Catholic churches in Washington, DC, stopping for prayer – Mass, the stations of the cross, meditation and more – in each:

Saturday, March 27
9:30 a.m. (Mass)-4:00 p.m.
Starting point: St. Patrick Catholic Church
10th and G Streets, NW, Washington, DC

The pilgrimage is modeled on the traditional “Seven Church Walk” in Rome, a centuries-old custom that became popular in the 1500’s and includes visits to that city’s four major basilicas and three minor basilicas. The Washington church walk was started seven years ago by a group of young adults in the Archdiocese of Washington as a way to draw young adults closer to God during Lent through prayer and sacrifice.

The pilgrims will visit the following churches (times are approximate):

• 9:30 a.m.: St. Patrick, 10th & G Streets, NW (Mass)
• 10:30 a.m.: Immaculate Conception, Eighth and N Streets, NW (Rosary)
• 11:20 a.m.: St. Joseph, 313 2nd Street, NE (Litany to St. Joseph)
• 11:45 a.m.: St. Peter, 313 2nd Street, SE (Stations of the Cross)
• 1:30 p.m.: St. Dominic, 630 E Street, SW (Prayers for the Pope and bishops)
• 2:30 p.m.: Holy Rosary, 595 Third Street, NW (Divine Mercy prayer)
• 3:30 p.m.: St. Mary Mother of God, 725 5th Street, NW (Eucharistic Adoration)

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