6:00 p.m. Sung Holy Communion (with incense) and Procession to the Altar of Repose
Adoration Before the Altar of Repose Until Midnight
On Maundy Thursday, the Mass begins as usual, but the Gloria is accompanied by organ and the ringing of bells, both of which are then silent until the Easter Vigil. The Blessed Sacrament remains exposed until the service concludes with a procession taking it to the altar of repose (at St. Stephen's, this is the altar in the Lady Chapel). The main altar and sanctuary are then stripped bare ceremonially, to the accompaniment of Psalm 22. When the sanctuary is bare and the psalm is concluded, all rise and leave the church in silence. The faithful may watch with the Blessed Sacrament at the Altar of Repose from the conclusion of the service until the church is locked at midnight.