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Praying the Steps at Holy Cross Immaculata on Good Friday

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Praying the Steps at Holy Cross – Immaculata Parish on March 29, 2024 .

Where do I start the steps?

There are three phases of the Good Friday steps. The most popular phase begins on St. Gregory and ends at Holy Cross-Immaculata Church
– Phase One: from Riverside Drive (at Adams Crossing) to Columbia Parkway
– Phase Two: from Columbia Parkway (cross pedestrian bridge) to Hill Street. It is then a short walk from the Hill Street steps to St Gregory
-Phase Three (94 steps): from St. Gregory to Holy Cross-Immaculata Church (30 Guido St)

How do I “pray the steps”?

Holy Cross-Immaculata offers these suggestions for Praying the Steps.
• Pray the Rosary or a Litany. Pray a Hail Mary or a petition on each step leading up to the church.
• Pray on each step, “Lord Jesus, thank you for your most holy sacrifice.”
• Reflect on the events of Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, persecution and crucifixion. (Another Way of the Cross)
• Read the Gospel of Luke from the beginning of Chapter 22 through Chapter 23, reading a few sentences on each step.

• Pray another favorite prayer of your own.
• Pray for a loved one, a neighbor, a friend on each step.

• Simply pray in your own words, talking and listening to God.

How long does it take “pray the steps”?

There are less than 100 steps from St. Gregory to Holy Cross-Immaculata. The timing really depends on how you pray the steps. Also a factor is the number of pilgrims – the line to begin the last set of steps on St. Gregory can be long on Good Friday. There are usually no lines at the first (Riverside Dr.) or second (Columbia Parkway) sets of steps.

Do you pray out loud while “praying the steps”?

Prayers are said in silence. However at midnight on Good Friday, after the Celebrant blesses the steps, he and the pilgrims ascend the steps and all join in reciting the rosary.

What time does it start? Can I come anytime?

At approximately 11:30pm the faithful gather in Holy Cross-Immaculata Church. Shortly before midnight the Celebrant will begin the service and then process (rain or shine) down the steps to St. Gregory St. At midnight the Celebrant will bless the steps and pilgrims and ascend the steps reciting the rosary.

Pilgrims will climb the steps continuously throughout Good Friday into the night.

We acknowledge that many pilgrims like to pray the steps throughout Holy Week. The church will be open during office hours, daily 9am-2pm, and for an hour before and after Masses on Palm Sunday weekend. Volunteers will be in the church after office hours until 8:00pm to keep the church open during Holy week. Church will remain open after the 7:00pm Holy Thursday Mass of the Last Supper through the entire 24 hours of Good Friday.

Do I have to be Catholic to “pray the steps”?

ALL are welcome.

Will there be Confessions?

Yes, as priests are available. The volunteer at the interior fence or inside the main doors of Church can help you once you enter our Church. Has it been a while? The Archdiocese offers this pastoral exhortation of the U.S. Bishops for encouragement and guidance.

Are there Good Friday Services in the Church at Holy Cross Immaculata?

Passion Narrative, Communion Service, and Veneration of the Cross will be at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Where do I park?

The parish has a very small parking lot so we do not recommend attempting to park at the Church. Since this day is a workday for many Mt. Adams residents, on-street parking is often available. Parking availability is very fluid.

There is a parking garage at the corner of St. Gregory and Monastery, and a free surface lot near the entrance to the Art Museum.

If you park near Sawyer Point Park or the International Friendship Park, there are steps leading to Mt Adams that start on the road between Adams Landing and Captains Watch Condos on Pete Rose Way/Riverside Drive.

Weather Forecast for Friday March 29 Partly Cloudy, with a high near 61 and 16% of rain.

Do you have a fish fry on Good Friday?

Yes! Our Fish Fry begins at 4:00 p.m. and will feature beer battered cod, mac & cheese, fries and slaw. Eat in or carry out!

Coffee and light snacks are also available in the Parish center in the morning.


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