What Are The Features of This Rome Easter Triduum Pilgrimage Package?
For those who will spend Easter in Rome and would like to immerse yourself in Catholic Easter activities in Rome, Eternal City Tours are keen to offer this Easter Triduum 7 Day Pilgrimage package to assist pilgrims in engaging more deeply with the spirit and activities of Lent & Easter.
We offer a variety of Catholic pilgrimages to those who wish to participate more deeply in their Faith by making a pilgrimage. For those in Rome for Easter however, we have forumlated an Itinerary to make the most of your time in the Eternal City. Simply click on the Itinerary tab above for a more detailed breakdown of what is included on this Lenten & Easter pilgrimage.
This pilgrimage is a 7 day Catholic pilgrimage that takes place during Holy Week and culminates in the most solemn and joyous time of Easter.
This Easter Triduum 7 day pilgrimage package therefore consists of:
- Daily Mass & Confession - A priest and chapel can be provided by Eternal City Tours if your group is not travelling with a priest. We also pay the priests' stipend on your behalf.
- Involvement in works of mercy with San Eugenio Community (optional) - the San Eugenio Community regularly carry out all manner of Works of Mercy to the poor and homeless, and pilgrims will be given the opportunity to work alongside them
- Attendance at Papal Audience - pilgrims will attend the weekly audience of the Pope with all tickets and costs included as part of your package
- Entrance and detailed tours of the 4 Papal Basilicas of Rome for Indulgences - Pilgrims will be taken to the ancient 4 Papal Basilicas of Rome with entrance and detailed interesting guided tours of each major basilica.
- Day Trip to Orvieto - An all inclusive paid day trip to the medieval city of Orvieto containing relics of perhaps the greatest Eucharistic miracle that prompted the inauguration of the feast of Corpus Christi.
- Possible to book Accommodation - although Accommodation is optional, this can be included for your group if you wish Eternal City to arrange it for you. Clicking on the link will bring up information on this accommodation option
- Possible to book food - for those who wish us to provide all meals whilst you are on pilgrimage, you can select this option during the booking process
- Transport included - Transport to the basilicas, and places of interest are included in the pilgrimage package, as are all taxes and ticket costs.
7 Day Pilgrimage Itinerary
- DAY 1 - TUESDAY APRIL 11 2017: Arrive in Rome
DAY 2 - WEDNESDAY APRIL 12 2017: City Tour
- When you arrive in Rome you will be met by your Eternal City Tours Pilgrimage Director who will check you into your accommodation.
- The group will be given time to settle in and will be distributed Pilgrimage Itineraries and ECT Rome Maps complete with meeting points, tips and recommendations for Cafés Restaurants and Shopping.
- Pilgrimage group leaders will be loaned ECT Mobile phones for the duration of the pilgrimage in Rome to aid communication at all times.
- There will then be evening Mass at the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, Reflections and Dinner.
DAY 3 - MAUNDY THURSDAY APRIL 13 2017: Orvieto Eurcharistic Day Trip
After morning mass at the church of Santissima Trinita Dei Monti the Mother Church of the Society of the Sacred Heart above the Spanish steps (or at your accommodation depending on logistics), we take a stroll through the history and art of Rome.
- First, you will learn about the romantics poets that took their inspiration seated upon the Spanish steps and toss your coins into the world renowned Trevi Fountain, then you will read the visual history of battle and victory portrayed on the ancient column of Trajan, and see the place where once lived the great Michelangelo.
- You’ll see where Mussolini declared war on the Allied Nations and where the most famous of history's dictators, Julius Caesar, fell at the hands of Brutus and the Liberators.
You will experience the most glorious feat of architecture in all the world - the Pantheon - and stroll through an ancient stadium transformed into a baroque square in Piazza Navona.
- Finishing off you’ll be brought to Campo De' Fiori which was once a market for flowers and square for public execution but is today the center of Roman night life and some the finest Italian cuisine in Rome, where you can eat, drink and bask in the wonder that is Rome.
- Your group will be Free all afternoon so feel free to revisit your favorite places, shop for gifts or do some of our additional Tours.
DAY 4 - GOOD FRIDAY - APRIL 14 2017: Passion of Christ
Rise and shine we leave Rome early morning on a 2 hour bus ride through the breathtaking Umbrian countryside stopping for a nice Italian breakfast break along the way.
Once there we take the Funicular (a tilted elevator) to the top of a 1000 ft volcanic hill fortress city and take a short walk to attend the mass followed by the procession of the Corporal of Bolsena.
- The relic of Mother Church from the 13th century Eucharistic Miracle of Bolsena in which the Blood of Christ did drip from the blessed sacrament and stain the corporal before the eyes of a disbelieving priest.
After the procession we will tour the beautiful Signorelli chapel a priceless testament to the birth of the Italian renaissance.
We will then continue on a walking tour of the city where the Pope reigned as sovereign.
- A short walk away we visit the church of San Domenico - one of the first Dominican churches built shortly after the death of the orders founder and containing the desk on which Thomas Aquinas penned the Eucharistic Hymn “Pange Lingua Gloriosi Corporis Mysterium”
- After reflection and prayer we will then visit the city’s local out-door farmers market in Piazza del Popolo where you can experience the rich diversity of Italian produce, cheeses and the jewel of the region “White Wine” including “EST! EST!! EST!!!,” the wine made famous by a Bishop / Wine Aficionado who sent out his servant to identify the best wine shops in the area by writing EST Latin for “it is” on their doors.
- There after you are free for 2 hours to site down for a nice lunch in one of Orvieto’s local trattoria, visit some the artisan shops, tour the ancient Etruscan tunnels that wined through the heart of the volcanic hill or have a delicious picnic and a glass of wine in Albornoz fortress overlooking the captivating landscapes of Umbria.
- Back on the bus to Rome.
- Dinner (no meat)
DAY 5 - HOLY SATURDAY APRIL 15 2017: Holy Saturday with Sts. Peter and Paul
- Group will be Free all morning but it’s recommended save your energy since we will be up late.
When the Roman Empire embraced the faith it once persecuted, it exploded into a frenzy of observance for the history and truth of the Christian faith manifest in the literary, the artistic and the relics of the early Christian church. Many of these were then brought to the then capital of the world - Rome.
- On this day expect to have an intimate encounter with the physical objects which fostered the love of He who is True Man True God and did live suffer and die for the sake of all men.
- We begin with 12am Mass at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore one of the oldest Churches dedicated to Theotokos (Mother of God) in Rome containing, beneath its center altar, wood from the manger in which our Lord Jesus Christ once lay. The church adorned by every époque of Italian art history even holds the body of the devout baroque artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
- Break for Lunch.
- We then walk over to the Basilica of San Prassede built in the 8th century it holds some of the finest examples of medieval Christian art and holds a fragment of the pillar upon which Christ was flogged.
- Only a few yards away we then enter the church of San Alfonso Ligouri to see the beautiful 15th century Byzantine icon “Our Lady of Perpetual Help / Succour” also known as the Virgin of the Passion or Theotokos of the Passion.
- After we visit the Church of the Holy Stairs brought from Jerusalem and so named because they are the steps which led to the praetorium of the then Roman procurator - Pontius Pilot. Since our Lord Jesus did descend those very steps in condemnation, all pilgrims ascend them on their knees.
- From there we visit the Cathedral of Rome, the Basilica of Saint John Lateran and finally enter a Church built by the mother of Constantine - St Helena. The church built over spread earth brought with relics from Jerusalem was her personal chapel holding to this day relics of the Passion of Christ including those of the Holy Sepulcher, the Cave of Bethlehem, a Nail of The Crucifixion, a Thorn of The Crown and a small walnut board reading Jesus the Nazarene king of the Jews.
- This will be followed by attendance of the Stations of the Cross with Pope Francis at the Coliseum OR as an add-on option: Take a 1hr ride to the beautiful lake Town of Bracciano where after an early dinner (No Meat) we will have free time for personal prayer in preparation to see “La Passione di Cristo” a powerful and emotional Passion Play performed in the medieval streets of this Italian village near Rome for more than 40 years.
DAY 6 - EASTER SUNDAY - APRIL 16 2017: Easter Sunday with Pope Francis and the Urbi et Orbi Blessing
- Peter and Paul are two of the most influential followers of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. They both would suffer their death in what was then the Capital of the World, Rome. On our 3 hour tour we will visit some of the places where they planted the seeds of evangelization.
- The day begins with Mass at the church of Saint Peter in Chains containing chains that once bound St Peter, brought to Rome by the Christian Empress Eudoxia. Beyond seeing the Chains which once bound Peter in prison in Jerusalem before his miraculous liberation the church also bears the masterful statue of Moses by Michelangelo.
- Then hold your breath as we descend beneath a church into the ancient roman Mamertine prison which held most notaries enemies of the roman state, Peter and Paul. Experience the moments before the certain death of two men who went from denying and persecuting Christ to dying for Him.
- Finally we finish at the church built over the site where Paul was put under house arrest. Learn why Paul was brought to Rome to sit trial before Caesar and why the Apostle of the Gentiles held the privilege of being a Roman Citizen.
- The Tour will followed by lunch in the charming Rione Monti neighborhood
- Group will be Free all afternoon so feel free to revisit your favorite places, shop for gifts or do some of our additional Tours.
DAY 7 - EASTER MONDAY APRIL 17 2017: Easter Monday Departure
- Christ Has Risen! Alleluia!
- The day starts with Easter morning Mass with Pope Francis in Saint Peters Square there you will experience a concert of Latin Chant echoed across beautiful stone columns outstretched from Saint Peter’s Basilica like the arms of mother church embracing her faithful.
- There the readings from scripture will be given in multiple languages followed by a brief homily so expect Mass to last around 2 hours.
- Shortly after the Divine Liturgy, Pope Francis will deliver the Urbi et Orbi blessing. The Urbi et Orbi is an apostolic blessing of the City of Rome and the World in practice since the 13th century.
- Finally we will break the Lenten Fast with a handsome Easter Lunch worthy of this Central Feast of the Catholic Faith.
- Group will be Free all afternoon so feel free to revisit your favorite places, shop for gifts or do some of our additional Tours. (Vatican Museum Closed)
Farewell Breakfast -- Hotel Check Out and Transport to Fiumicino's Leonardo Da Vinci Airport (FCO)
- Some evenings the group will have the opportunity to aid Rome’s Religious Communities in performing various corporal works of mercy.
- Pilgrimage Itinerary order may vary depending on date of arrival and the scheduling of Papal events
- There are 4 afternoon opportunities to do some of our add-on tours
All possible add-ons available with group discounts include: Vatican Tour, Crypts & Catacombs Tour, Peter & Paul Tour, Coliseum & Ancient Rome Tour, Italian Food and Wine Tour, Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto Tour, Italian Wine Tour, Borghese Gallery Tour, Caravaggio Tour, or VIP Painting & Cooking Lessons.
What Are Indulgences and Their Conditions?
It is fitting that our Mother the Church, has always attached indulgences to pilgrimage to Rome to share the richness of God's Mercy and encourage the faithful to participate ever more deeply in the love of God.
As the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches:
"An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints."
"An indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin."
Indulgences may be applied to the living or the dead.
The punishments of sin
1472 To understand this doctrine and practice of the Church, it is necessary to understand that sin has a double consequence. Grave sin deprives us of communion with God and therefore makes us incapable of eternal life, the privation of which is called the "eternal punishment" of sin. On the other hand every sin, even venial, entails an unhealthy attachment to creatures, which must be purified either here on earth, or after death in the state called Purgatory. This purification frees one from what is called the "temporal punishment" of sin. These two punishments must not be conceived of as a kind of vengeance inflicted by God from without, but as following from the very nature of sin. A conversion which proceeds from a fervent charity can attain the complete purification of the sinner in such a way that no punishment would remain.
1473 The forgiveness of sin and restoration of communion with God entail the remission of the eternal punishment of sin, but temporal punishment of sin remains. While patiently bearing sufferings and trials of all kinds and, when the day comes, serenely facing death, the Christian must strive to accept this temporal punishment of sin as a grace. He should strive by works of mercy and charity, as well as by prayer and the various practices of penance, to put off completely the "old man" and to put on the "new man."/p>
The conditions necessary to receive a max of one indulgence per day are:
- have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin;
- have sacramentally confessed their sins;
- receive the Holy Eucharist (it is certainly better to receive it while participating in Holy Mass, but for the indulgence only Holy Communion is required); and
- pray for the intentions of the Pope.
It is appropriate, but not necessary, that the sacramental Confession and especially Holy Communion and the prayer for the Pope's intentions take place on the same day that the indulgenced work is performed; but it is sufficient that these sacred rites and prayers be carried out within several days (about 20) before or after the indulgenced act. Prayer for the Pope's intentions is left to the choice of the faithful, but an Our Father and a Hail Mary are suggested. One sacramental Confession suffices for several plenary indulgences, but a separate Holy Communion and a separate prayer for the Holy Father's intentions are required for each plenary indulgence. Indulgences can always be applied either to oneself or to the souls of the deceased, but they cannot be applied to other persons living on earth.
If you book a pilgrimage with us, we don’t force you to also get your food from us. That said, why wouldn’t you choose to let us provide your delicious Italian meals for you?
For pilgrims who want to add this to their pilgrimage package, we offer 3 meals per day either served at our accommodation dining area, or at local restaurants in the vicinity of that day’s activities. By choosing this option we can ensure you get quality Italian cuisine at a reasonable price and that you won’t be ripped off by unscrupulous restauranteurs or food vendors charging tourists extortionate prices.
For those pilgrims who suffer from special food allergies or intolerances, we can ensure that
your special needs are catered for in respect of ingredients and careful preparation.
If you suffer from such a condition, please ensure that you communicate this to us in full and
then we can give you a report on what we will do for you in order to set your mind at ease.
Don’t let your special circumstances spoil your experience of the Eternal City - we will look after
For those who choose to take advantage of our Food Add On, we offer 3
delicious meals per day using fresh local ingredients.
- Breakfast is an Italian continental type breakfast of cereals, pastries,
coffee and juice.
- Lunch will be a two course meal in a traditional Italian restaurant, the
location of which will depend on the activities of the day
- Dinner in the evening will be a two course meal at an Italian restaurant
in the vicinity of our accommodation
We offer our pilgrims the freedom to choose whether they wish to stay in our excellent accommodation or not, although the vast majority of our groups take advantage of this opportunity.
Pilgrims who choose our accommodation option will enjoy either 4 star or 3 star hotel level accommodation that is both clean & comfortable with excellent facilities (subject to availability). There are numerous accommodations that we use, depending of course on the pilgrimage group
size and the time of year.
Pilgrims will therefore stay at either the prestigious Irish College - a historic and elegant palazzo with clean,
spacious, comfortable rooms and great facilities, or, at our 3 star hotel accommodation in the heart of Rome - a
short wallk from the main tourist attractions.
All accommodations however enjoy rooms which are simply but elegantly decorated with classic furnishings
and rich fabrics. Each of the rooms also boast the latest modern conveniences including free Wi-Fi internet
access, air conditioning, desk, telephone, wardrobe, and private bathrooms.
All of our accommodations are also
centrally located within easy walking distance of the
major tourist attractions which enables our pilgrims to
enjoy their free time.
In addition to our comfortable room facilities, our
accommodation further offers a large breakfast room
serving a continental Italian breakfast each morning, an
amply sized chapel, relaxing gardens, a swimming pool and
a patio area for enjoying the Italian sunshine, perhaps whilst
drinking a cool glass of white wine or other refreshment.
For those who prefer the details of practicality, our
accommodation also offers a laundry service, ironing
facilities, provides all bedding, towels,
hairdryers and even offers a currency
To further add to your comfort, all of our
rooms are provided on a single occupancy
basis unless you prefer double occupancy.
For family sized groups, it is more likely that we would choose a good hotel for you in the historic centre of Rome
What is Not Included in this Rome Easter Pilgrimage?
- Forgiveness of Sin and Entrance to Heaven!
- Accommodation in Rome UNLESS you choose this option during the booking process
- If you choose the option of Accommodation, then this is subject to availability. Obviously, the earlier you book, the more chance that accommodation will be available. If however, accommodation is not available, the price relating to this option will be completely refunded to you.
- Meals UNLESS you choose this option during the booking process.
- Flights to/from Rome
- Transport to/from your arrival/departure destination UNLESS you choose this option during the booking process
- Guided Tour of the Vatican & Sistine Chapel - this is an extra that can be arranged however