From "the third hour" until "the sixth hour." From sext to none. From noon until three in the afternoon…newadvent.org: 12:14 23-04-2014
From "the third hour" until "the sixth hour." From sext to none. From noon until three in the afternoon…
In December 1860, a Catholic church was completed on a bluff atop Mount Adams, and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Since the hill was too steep for a horse-and-buggy, there were a series of wooden steps built as well, leading from St Gregory Street near the riverfront, on up to the church entrance. The following spring saw the start of the Civil War, and Immaculata Church became the site of devout Catholics praying the rosary for peace, while climbing the steps to its entrance. The tradition continues, as every year on Good Friday (a day when it invariably rains), an estimated ten thousand pilgrims climb the 85 steps — the wooden ones having since been replaced by concrete — leading to the entrance. The procession begins at midnight, with the parish priest’s blessing of the steps, and continues for twenty-four hours.