Fri 28 Feb (Thurs evening in USA!) – Mass for Benefactors at the Holy Sepulcher of Christ in Jerusalem

Tomorrow, Friday 28 Feb 2020, early our time in Jerusalem (evening on Thursday 27 Feb in the USA),  we will rise and go to the beginning of the Via Dolorosa, the “Way of the Cross”.   We are planning to begin at 0430 AM Jerusalem time. [2130 EST 2030 CST etc.]

I invite you to pause and join with us on the Way of the Cross as we pray it in Jerusalem.

We will wind up at the Holy Sepulcher where I will be able to celebrate Mass right at the Tomb of the Lord, in its little chapel.  That will be at 0530 Jerusalem time [2230 EST 2130 CST etc.]  Our pilgrims will be able to come in in pairs for a couple minutes at a time.

I will offer the Mass for all my benefactors, you good people who have been so kind as to donate and send things.   I am very grateful for all of you.

Please set your clocks and join yourselves and your intentions to my celebration at the Holy Sepulcher where Christ rose from the dead.

I regret that, when we upgraded the blog, I lost the ability to post multiple audio files on the same post. However, here is the version of the Way of the Cross by St. Alphonsus Liguori which we will use tomorrow. I recorded it in 2009 and it has been downloaded many thousands of times.


About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
This entry was posted in SESSIUNCULA. Bookmark the permalink.


  1. In 2014, I had the supreme privilege of offering Holy Mass at the Lord’s tomb, as a concelebrant with a group of other priests on sabbatical; and, happily, it was at a later hour. I also had the humbling duty of offering the homily, which I was told had to be brief. There are many things I will always remember about that occasion. One was that the Church of the Sepulchre was a busy place, and as I am sure you know, that involves interacting with many other Christians, including some who don’t always get along with each other (hence the emphasis on us Catholics not taking too long). But what was so powerful was entering the tomb itself. I will say no more, because you may choose to talk about the role the tomb plays in the Mass yourself.

  2. Diana says:

    AWESOME!! Thank you!! May God bless your steps and may everyone be profoundly changed and grow closer to Our Lord by the experience.

  3. Cy says:


    Pray for The Popes!

  4. jaykay says:

    Surely the highlight of your Priestly life, Father. Such an immense privilege, which you have shared with us. Reluctant as I am to use this adjective, but… awesome. So many thanks, I really can’t express it.

  5. Kathleen10 says:

    I’m so happy for all of you, just for you to be there. It’s something I can’t even imagine. May it be a wonderful experience for you all!
    Fr. Martin, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, probably laugh, at the idea of Christians squabbling outside the Holy Sepulcher. Oh my goodness. Poor us.

  6. bartlep says:

    Fr. Z, I was in the Holy Land in early November and I know all the places you are writing about. Mass at the Holy Sepulcher was one of many highlights. Our guide gave us extra time after Mass and the feeling of being at Christ’s tomb is indescribable.
    Thank you for sharing all your videos. I wrote a blog of my trip also and I love to go back and relive the experience.

  7. Irish Timothy says:

    Thank you and God Bless you & the group with you Father Z!

Comments are closed.