Solemn Entries are an age-old custom that recalls the traditional way in which the pilgrims who reached the Holy Sepulcher were welcomed. The pilgrims gather near the entrance to the Tomb; the bells ring; the organ plays, and the Friars sing in Latin: first to welcome the pilgrims’ safe arrival, then to celebrate their entry into the Tomb. After the Te Deum pilgrims enter one by one to the Tomb to pray.

Today, Solemn Entries take place several times a year, to receive the Custos or the Patriarch, for example, on Corpus Christi or the feast of the Invention of the Holy Cross, and also during Lent.