History of the Custody

Vocations “come and follow me”

The Custody and Its History in the Holy Land

“It was not without a providential design that the historical events of the 13th century took the Order of Friars Minor to the Holy Land. Since then, the sons of St. Francis have remained in the Land of Jesus, to serve the local Church and to look after, restore and protect the Holy Places of Christianity.”

Paul VI – Nobis in animo, 1974

Leading figures in the holy places, the Friars Minor fulfill their mission in this land encouraged by their founder, St. Francis, who went to the Holy Land in 1217.

Since then, they have always accepted the challenges of the times to be able to transmit the Grace of the holy places to the whole of humanity and to share their lives with the “living stones”, the local Christian communities.

Franciscan Presence in the Holy Land


Events calendar


Palm Sunday Holy Sepulche: 00.40 Vigil – 8.00 Palm Procession & Mass 17.00 Daily Procession Bethphage: 14.30 Palm Sunday Procession


5th Station: 6.00 - 8.00 Masses Holy Sepulchre: 7.00 Mass in Arabic (Calvary) 8.00 Holy Mass – 17.00 Daily Procession Bethany: 18.00 Solemn Mass


Holy Sepulchre: 8.00 Mass (Passion sung) 17.00 Daily Procession


Gethsemane: 8.00 Mass (Passion sung) Holy Sepulchre: 8.00 Mass (Passion sung) & Daily Procession - 10.00 Veneration of the Column –16.00 Office


Holy Sepulchre: 8.00 Entry – The Lord's Supper & Procession of the Blessed Sacrament – 14.45 Office Cenacle – St. James – St. Mark: 15.30 Pilgrimage Gethsemane: 21.00 Holy Hour

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