The Cenacle – Upper Room

The Upper Room, also known as the Cenacle, holds significant importance in Catholic tradition as the place where Jesus shared the Last Supper with his disciples, instituted the Eucharist and washed the feet of his disciples..

For pilgrims, visiting the Upper Room offers a unique opportunity to step into the setting of one of the most profound moments in Christian history. It is here that Jesus, on the eve of his Passion, gathered with his disciples to celebrate the Passover meal, instituting the Priesthood, and imparting some of the most profound lessons of his public ministry.

In addition to its significance in the events leading to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, the Upper Room is also associated with the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. According to tradition, it was in this same room that the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, empowering them to proclaim the Gospel to all nations. Pilgrims often participate in Mass in the Upper Room, seeking to renew their own faith and experience the presence of the Holy Spirit in a profound way.

The Upper Room continues to be a place of pilgrimage where Christians from around the world gather to deepen their spiritual lives and commemorate the foundational events of their faith. It serves as a reminder of Jesus’ teachings on love, service, and unity, inviting pilgrims to draw closer to God and to one another in the communion of the Church.