7 Churches

On Holy Thursday, people throughout our Diocese enter into this pilgrimage of remaining with Jesus in the garden. The 7 Churches Pilgrimage is an opportunity to connect with a venerated tradition of the Church in a new way! Created by Office of Youth, Campus, and Young Adult Ministries, this pilgrimage weaves together passages from all four Gospels to take you through the narrative of Jesus' time in the Garden of Gethsemane.

How to go on Pilgrimage

The 7 Churches pilgrimage is a self-guided pilgrimage that you may do on your own or with a group. There are three sets of reflections designed to help guide you through this time with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane; one for adults, one for teens, and one for parents to accompany younger children. 

Young adults, contact your local parish group to see if they are organizing a group!

Parents, this can be a great opportunity to help your children participate in the Easter Triduum in a new and creative way!

Youth ministry leaders, consider organizing a group of teens to participate together!

The resources will be available here for digital download to assist your time in prayer on the evening of Holy Thursday. We've worked with over 35 parishes to list the times they are available for prayer. We have also created 6 suggested pilgrimage routes and created an interactive Google Map which you can access from the guide to make travel easy. All you need to do is select the route you want to go on, find some friends, download the guide and enjoy your time of pilgrimage!

If you are unable to travel, participate from home!  If you do not live in a location where you can access seven different Catholic churches during one evening, perhaps do half of the reflections from one church, and half from another? The most important thing is that you spend time in prayer with Jesus during this summit of the liturgical year. 

Questions? E-mail yam@arlingtondiocese.org

Download the Prayer Guide (coming soon)


Pilgrimage Routes 

2023 7CP Routes

Instructions for Google Map

  • In the app, click “View map legend” and un-check routes until only your desired route remains.
  • Hit the back arrow at the top to return to the map. DO NOT select close - it will exit from the routes.
  • Click the icon for the parish you want to navigate to. Select “Directions” then “Start” to begin navigation. Do this for each parish as you travel.