The Little Cenacle

– a place of peace and prayer

The Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles at Pentecost, filling them with graces and giving them the boldness to leave their place of sanctuary and go out into the world proclaiming the Gospel of Christ. Their place of hiding and sanctuary is commonly known as the “Upper Room,” or “Cenaclulum” in Latin. It was also in this room where Jesus instituted the Eucharist and where He appeared to His disciples many times following His resurrection.

Today, the Upper Room is a highly venerated holy site in Jerusalem. It is located on Mount Zion next to a small Franciscan monastery known by the Italian diminuitive of “Cenacolino” or “Little Cenacle.” The Little Cenacle is a place for peaceful prayer, with recently renovated gardens and two chapels.

On Sunday, June 4th, 2017, the Franciscan friars, led by Custos Francesco Patton will celebrate the solemn vespers of Pentecost in the Cenacle. This will follow the Solemn Mass of Pentecost celebrated at St. Saviours monastery in Jerusalem.

Click here for pictures and an article form last year’s celebrations.

See this article for information about the renovations of the Little Cenacle.