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ACatholicLife.blogspot.com ^ | 2010 | Matthew

Posted on 02/16/2010 6:16:10 PM PST by Salvation

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San Vitale

 

Day XVII. Friday, Week II.

"Lord, may this communion so change our lives that we may seek more faithfully the salvation it promises. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen" (Prayer after Communion for today).

San Vitale. Tradition holds that Saint Vitale was a Christian soldier stationed near Milan during the time of emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-180). When he encouraged others who were being martyred, he was racked. (See woodcut from door.) Afterwards, according to the frescos in this ancient church, he was thrown into a pit and
buried alive. The basilica was consecrated by Pope St. Innocent I (401) and is really quite remarkable. Evidently, from the fresco in the apse and the woodcut from the door, it was also a place of great devotion towards Simon the Cyrenian, who was enlisted to carry the cross for Jesus.

San Vitale.

San Vitale
 
 
                            
 
 

51 posted on 03/05/2010 10:55:54 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Stational Church: Saturday in the Second Week of Lent
 
 
Today's Stational Church is the Basilica of Sts. Marcellinus & Peter.

Information is from the Canon Regulars of St. John Cantius:

This Station is in the basilica founded by St. Helen on the Via Lavicana, in which were buried the bodies of St. Marcellinus, priest, and St. Peter, exorcist, martyred at Tome during the Diocletian persecution. Their names are mentioned in the Roman Canon of the Mass.

May today's stational saints, not brothers in the flesh, but in spirit, obtain for us the gift of gratitude both for our holy calling—God's free gift—as well as for the grace of conversion, our homecoming to the Father. For the remainder of our life may "the unspotted law of the Lord, which converts souls, and the testimonies of our faithful Lord fill us with such wisdom that we shall show forth the glory of God, and declare the works of His hands."

Let us pray: Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, a saving virtue to our fast; that the chastisement of the flesh, which we have taken upon us may bestow new life to our souls. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.


52 posted on 03/05/2010 10:59:02 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Santi Marcellino e Pietro

Santi Marcellino e Pietro
 

Day XVIII. Saturday, Week II.

"My son, you should rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come back to life; he was lost and is found"
(Gospel for today – Lk 15:32).

Santi Marcellino e Pietro. Saint Marcellinus was a prominent priest and Saint Peter was an exorcist during the reign of emperor Diocletian (284-303). While they were imprisoned, they continued to evangelize. Tradition tells us that their jailor was a sceptic who said that if Jesus was truly Lord, he would set them free from the jail.  That night, they were miraculously freed. The jailor and his family and some 300 others converted. Father Marcellino and Peter were then secretly arrested and beheaded. A church was later built to house their remains. The photo is of the crucifix, which is said to be miraculous.


53 posted on 03/05/2010 11:02:21 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Stational Church: Third Sunday of Lent
 
Today's Stational Church is the Basilica of St. Lawrence Outside the Walls.

Information is from the Canon Regulars of St. John Cantius:

The stational Mass brings us to another basilica, St. Lawrence Outside the Walls, erected by the Emperor Constantine in the year 330. As the basilica is near the Verano cemetery and above ancient catacombs, where the bodies of the martyred St. Lawrence, St. Stephen and St. Justin were laid to rest, the penitential character of the Lenten Station takes on particular significance.

On this day, the catechumens of old were taken to the tomb of St. Lawrence, the illustrious deacon whose "eyes were ever towards the Lord." Today, they had to decide whether they were "for Christ or against Him." If for Him, then "all fornication and uncleanness, covetousness, obscenity, foolish talking, gossip must be laid aside," "for no fornicator, or unclean or covetous person has inheritance in the kingdom of Christ Jesus."

We have made our decision years ago. On the day of our baptism, we renounced Satan, his pomps and his works. "Heretofore we were darkness," but by the waters of baptism "were made light in the Lord."

If we are not keeping our baptismal oath, then "the last state of that man becomes worse than the first, for the unclean spirit will return into the house from whence he came, together with seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and dwell there." The result will be a scattering, a breaking up of the supernatural life, a separation from Him who is our blessed hope in this life and our eternal joy in the next.

Let us pray: Pluck my feet out of the snare. Look upon me and have mercy on me for I am alone and poor. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.


54 posted on 03/07/2010 4:08:35 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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San Lorenzo in Panisperna

San Lorenzo Fuori le Mura
 

Day XIX. Sunday, Week III.

"I will prove my holiness through you. I will gather you from the ends of the earth; I will pour clean water on you and wash away all of your sins. I will give you a new spirit within you, says the Lord (Entrance antiphon for today - Ez 36:23-26).

San Lorenzo Fuori le Mura. If you remember, the first week of Lent, we visited San Lorenzo in Panisperna, which was built over the traditional place where Saint Lawrence was burnt to death (258). This church was built over his tomb (see photo). Behind the tomb is a marble slab stained with blood on which was under the place where the
Romans roasted their victims alive.

 

Incorrupt body of Blessed Pius IX at San Lorenzo Fuori le Mura

Also in the tomb are the earthly remains of Blessed Pius IX (1846-1878), founder of the North American College (where I live). His body is incorrupt (see photo). This church was, miraculously, the only church in Rome destroyed during World War II, when it was hit by allied bombs (August 1943). Pius XII is remembered very fondly for his kindness to all the victims.

 


55 posted on 03/07/2010 4:13:30 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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56 posted on 03/07/2010 4:14:39 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Stational Church: Monday in the Third Week of Lent
 
 
Today's Stational Church is the Basilica of St. Mark.

Information is from the Canon Regulars of St. John Cantius:

In the historic center of the city, near Piazza Venezia, stands the elegant basilica of St. Mark. St. Mark had a very important role in the evangelization work in the Rome of his time, and after the death of the Apostles, it was in this city that he wrote the Gospel of Mark.

The more sincerely we enter into each Lenten day, the more perfectly will the Holy Eucharist transform us and the more pleasing to God will be our Lenten efforts. Our spiritual life will take on a freshness, like that of a child, or rather, it will glow in the very freshness of Christ Himself. The branch will receive daily a new portion of vital energy from the infinite freshness and vitality of the Vine.

Let us pray: Pour forth in Thy mercy, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that as we abstain from carnal food, may we also restrain our senses from harmful excesses. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.


57 posted on 03/07/2010 10:30:12 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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San Marco

San Marco
 
Lord I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed" (Ordinary of the Most Holy Mass - Mt 8:8).

San Marco. Built by Pope Saint Mark and dedicated to Saint Mark the Evangelist in 336, some say that this church was built on the site of the home where the evangelist Mark lived while here in Rome. It was once the "national" church of the kingdom of Venice and is noted for its apse mosaic (833-844). Inside the nave is a portion of a marble column, which was hollowed out and used as a head of a well (9-11 C). The 11th century inscription invites the thirsty to drink of the well but curses the one who should charge for the water drawn from it. It is now used as the baptistry. Under the altar (see photo) are the remains of Saints Abdon and Sennen who where martyred a few blocks away in the Colosseum. Also in the church is Pope Saint Mark, and relics of Saint Mark the Evangelist, some of the Holy Innocents, and even a vial, which was once alleged to contain some of the Darkness that Covered Egypt (I guess it is like the canned Florida sunshine!). The photo is of the altar with the enthroned Word!
 

58 posted on 03/07/2010 10:37:15 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Stational Church: Tuesday in the Third Week of Lent
 
 
Today's Stational Church is the Church of St. Pudenziana.

Information is from the Canon Regulars of St. John Cantius:

The church of St. Prudentiana, on the Viminal Hill, was one of the most venerated places for Roman Christians. St. Prudentiana lived here with her sister, St. Praxedes. Here, St. Peter received hospitality and the first Christians often assembled. Today, this church stands rather forgotten because it was closed for a very long time.

We turn to St. Prudentiana on this day. May she obtain for us by her powerful prayers:

1. The grace of mutual forgiveness, so that we may be able to say in truth: "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us"—Not seven times, but seventy times seven.

2. The grace also of true love for our glorious Lord and for each other. Prudentiana shows us the way. Where charity and love reign, there is God. Christ will then be in our midst. And He shall be the Savior, Lord and King of our hearts and our home.

Let us pray: May the effect of our redemption be applied unto us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, by means of your grace, ever restraining us from human excesses and conducting us to the gift of salvation. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.


59 posted on 03/08/2010 10:11:59 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Santa Pudenziana

(Photo is of the mosaic in the apse, which is one of the oldest Christian mosaics in Rome)
 
 
Santa Pudenziana
 

Day XXI. Tuesday, Week III.

"Lord, when my brother wrongs me, how often must I forgive him? Seventy times?" (Gospel for today - Mt 18:21).

Santa Pudenziana. This church was erected over the site of the house of the Senator Pudens (possibly of 2 Tim 4:21 fame), who hosted Saint Peter here in Rome. He converted along with his daughters, Pudenziana and Praxedes, and sons, Timothy and Novatus. During the persecutions of Nero, the sisters would bury the martyrs and collected their spilt blood, which they hid in a well in the house (one of the corporal works of mercy).

They were discovered and executed as well. Over the altar, bristling with reliquaries (see photo), is Saint Pudenziana being welcomed into heaven by her guest, Saint Peter. The other photo is of the mosaic in the apse, which is one of the oldest Christian mosaics in Rome. Dating from the close of the 4th C, it predates the Byzantine influence and depicts the heavenly Jerusalem with Christ as emperor surrounded by the apostles dressed as senators. (The two photos can be fitted, one on top of the other).


60 posted on 03/08/2010 10:19:11 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Beautiful, simply beautiful.


61 posted on 03/09/2010 4:00:50 AM PST by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits [A. Einstein])
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Stational Church: Wednesday in the Third Week of Lent
 
 

Today's Stational Church is the Church of St. Sixtus II.

Information is from the Canon Regulars of St. John Cantius:

The St. Sixtus Stational Church is located on the Appian Way and is a parish church dating to the fifth century. It was in this church that the catechumens were presented to the Church by their sponsors. Their names were written on tablets of ivory covered in leather, which were read at the Commemoration of the Living. After the Collect of the Mass, the catechumens received the initial parts of the Baptismal ceremony, viz. the rites of exsufflation, of the sign of the cross, of the imposition of hands and that of the salt.

In an age, which makes light of God's commandments, it is of special importance that the faithful be uncompromising in the observance of the "ways of life." Let us be "the salt of the earth and the light of the world," as our holy leader Sixtus was in the third century. We invite this holy pontiff to precede us to the altar and to ask for us "that we, who seek the grace of God's protection, may serve Him with a quiet mind.

Let us pray: Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that disciplined by wholesome fasting, and abstaining from all vices, we may more easily gain forgiveness. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.


62 posted on 03/09/2010 10:39:04 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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San Sisto

San Sisto
 

Day XXII. Wednesday, Week III
"Lord, you will show me the path of life and fill me with joy in your presence" (Communion antiphon for today - Ps 15:11).

San Sisto. Visitors to this church will remember it not for its beautiful frescos but for the kind hospitality of the Dominican sisters who have lived in the adjacent monastery since 1219. Saint Dominic (1170-1221) lived here for a while before entrusting it to the sisters. One day, the sisters had nothing to eat. Nevertheless, Dominic entreated them to go to the refectory so that at least they could be nourished by the Word of God (which was  normally read during meals). In the midst of the reading, two young men (angels) appeared, distributed bread to all the sisters, starting first with the youngest and ending with the eldest, and then disappeared. My favorite fresco is in a small chapel off the monastery's cloister of Saint Dominic and Saint Francis, both on their knees in a holy embrace. The Latin inscription reads: "This is true fraternity." Beautiful, especially given the traditional rivalry between the two orders.


63 posted on 03/09/2010 10:41:07 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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I helped to cook soup and bread for 115 adults and 9 children for our Faith Formation 101 for Adults last night. Our priest’s topic was “The Changes in the Mass.:

In addition to going over all the changes in the Mass and explaining them he did an excellent history of the different rites and the different missals that have been used in the Latin Mass/Novus Ordo Mass.

So sorry this is late today, but I was so tied last night.


64 posted on 03/11/2010 3:36:10 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Stational Church: Thursday in the Third Week of Lent
 
 
Today's Stational Church is the Church of Sts. Cosmas and Damian.
 
Information is from the Canon Regulars of St. John Cantius:

This church, made from two pagan temples, holds the bodies of the holy martyrs, Cosmas and Damian, who were put to death during the Diocletian persecution. The sick came in crowds to visit the tomb of these two brothers, doctors by profession, imploring them to restore their health.

The "unsalaried" physicians, Cosmas and Damian, devoted time and talents to the service of the poor and the sick, so that, by curing the infirmities of the body without renumeration, they might more easily win immortal souls for Christ.

Today, the Divine Physician will again come and refresh you. He carries with him the divine antidote, the Eucharistic medicine for the healing of our infirmities.

Let us pray: May the blessed solemnity of Thy saints, Cosmas and Damian, magnify Thee, O Lord, by which Thou hast both granted eternal glory to them and assistance to us by Thy ineffable providence. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.


65 posted on 03/11/2010 3:38:30 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Mosaic at Santi Cosma e Damiano of Christ

Day XXIII. Thursday, Week III.

"I am the Savior of all people, says the Lord. Whatever their trouble, I will answer their cry, and I will always be their Lord" (Entrance Antiphon for today).

Santi Cosma e Damiano. Saints Cosmas and Damian were twins and doctors in Syria. They were known for their charity to the point they were nicknamed "the moneyless ones". Because of their charity, they were accused of being Christian. They were tortured before being beheaded (c. 303).

Today's church was once a temple built by Vespasian (69-79) in the Roman Forum. The apse mosaic (526-530) of Christ coming on clouds of glory from the East is one of the finest in Rome and has formed the model of most of the subsequent mosaics throughout the world. The other image is of Christ, the Lamb of God, standing on the hill from which the four rivers of Paradise flow, drawing sheep (the 12 apostles) from Bethlehem and Jerusalem.

 

Santi Cosma e Damiano

Photo:  The apse mosaic (526-530) of Christ coming on clouds of glory from the East is one of the finest in Rome and has formed the model of most of the subsequent mosaics  throughout the world.
 


66 posted on 03/11/2010 3:43:52 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Santi Cosma e Damiano
67 posted on 03/11/2010 3:44:56 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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oops

tired last night.


68 posted on 03/12/2010 9:48:22 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Stational Church: Friday in the Third Week of Lent
 
Today's Stational Church is the Church of St. Lawrence the Deacon.

Information is from the Canon Regulars of St. John Cantius:

For the second time this week, the chaste Deacon Lawrence is our processional leader to the Savior of the world. Last Sunday, we knelt at his tomb and heard his encouraging words: "walk as children of the light …"

Today, we are making our pilgrimage to the church containing a large portion of the gridiron on which this holy Deacon made his last and most perfect oblation to God.

It was during the forty years passed in the desert that Moses and Aaron asked God to bring from the rock - a figure of Christ - "a spring of living water," so that all the people could quench their thirst. During these forty days of Lent, the Church asks Christ to give us the living water about which he spoke to the woman of Samaria near Jacob's well-the water, which quenches our thirst forever. This water is our faith in Jesus. It is grace. It is the blood, which flows from the wounds of the Savior, and which through baptism, penance and the other sacraments, purifies our souls, and gushes forth into eternal life, of which it assures us a share.

Let us pray: Show me, O Lord, a toke for good; that they, who hate me may see and be confounded because Thou, O Lord, hast helped me and hast comforted me. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.


69 posted on 03/12/2010 9:51:16 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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San Lorenzo in Lucina

San Lorenzo in Lucina, Cucifix by Micheangelo
 

Day XXIV. Friday, Week III.

"Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! Therefore you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength" ... "You shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Gospel for today - Mk 12:29-31).

San Lorenzo in Lucina. Lady Lucina built an oratory to Saint Lawrence on this spot in the 4th century. Housed in this church are many relics including the grill upon which Saint Lawrence was roasted alive (see photo), chains, which bound him to the grill, and other assorted relics. The parish priest told me that this crucifix was hewn by Michelangelo.

Relic of grill which St. Lauwrence was roasted alive

Photo:  Housed in this church are many relics
 including the grill upon which Saint Lawrence was roasted
alive (see photo), chains, which bound him to the grill,
and other assorted relics.

70 posted on 03/12/2010 9:56:04 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Stational Church: Saturday in the Third Week of Lent
 
 

Today's Stational Church is the Church of St. Susanna.
 
Information is from the Canon Regulars of St. John Cantius:

Today's liturgy places before us three women—one in the white garment of virginity, the other in the blue mantle of chastity and the third in the purple robe of penitence. The first shows the triumph of Christ's redemption, the second, the power of faith in the coming Messiah, the third, the compassion of the Good Shepherd, who came to seek what was lost.

The first is today's stational guide—St. Susanna, to whom the vow of virginity and consecration to Christ, the royal Bridegroom, meant more than the princely hand of the unprincely Galerius Maximianus. She refused his hand in marriage and was put to death.

The other Susanna is the chaste wife of Joachim living in Babylon in the days of Daniel, the prophet. Two adulterous men, ever to be remembered as a disgrace to manhood, two judges, who perverted justice and drowned their manly honor in the pool of perjury, were this pure women's adversaries. But Susanna prefers to be a victim of the hellish vengeance of her accusers than sin against her God.

And now the third one—the woman caught in adultery. She lost her virginity, her chastity, and has broken fidelity to her marriage vows. "she must be stoned," was the cry. She was an outcast in the eyes of her merciless accusers, who themselves were whitened sepulchers inwardly full of worms. Jesus, the new Daniel, came to her rescue. He condemned her sin, but raised her from an erring sheep to a penitential follower. "Has no one condemned you, woman? No one, Sir. Neither will I condemn you. Now sin no more."

Let us pray: Extend to Thy faithful the right hand of heavenly help, that they may seek Thee with their whole hearts and deserve to obtain what they ask for worthily. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.


71 posted on 03/12/2010 9:59:33 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Santa Susanna

fresco of the martyrdom of Saint Gabinius
 

Day XXV. Saturday, Week III.

"It is steadfast love, not sacrifice, that God desires" (Responsorial Psalm for today - Hos 6:6).

Santa Susanna. Susanna was a very intelligent and beautiful young woman, so much so, that the emperor Diocletian (284-303) sought her for his bride. She refused since she had already consecrated her life to the Lord. She was then ordered to render sacrifice to the pagan gods. She refused. She was beheaded along with her father, Saint Gabinus. Her uncles, whom she converted, where burned alive.

Soon after, Pope Caius (283-296) dedicated her home as a oratory. It became one of the 25 original parishes of Rome. It is the National Church for the United States of America and has recently been restored. It's frescos are among the most beautiful in Rome. Santa Susanna is served by the American Paulist fathers and is also the abbatial church of a community of Cistercian nuns who pray the Divine Office for our intentions.  (The photo is of fresco of the martyrdom of Saint Gabinius, patron of actors).


72 posted on 03/12/2010 10:02:53 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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*** Santa Susanna. Susanna was a very intelligent and beautiful young woman, so much so, that the emperor Diocletian (284-303) sought her for his bride. She refused since she had already consecrated her life to the Lord. ***

That emperor Diocletian is getting on my nerves. (no joking)

I wss looking up info on my old parish in Chicago, St Agnes, and who she was.
It turns out Saint Agnes was another young woman (teenager, 13 yo iirc) martyred by emperor Diocletian when she refused to be 'his bride'.

73 posted on 03/13/2010 4:59:45 AM PST by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits [A. Einstein])
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A lot of Catholics died at his hand.


74 posted on 03/13/2010 11:39:21 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Stational Church: Fourth Sunday of Lent
 
Today's Stational Church is the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem.
 
Information is from the Canon Regulars of St. John Cantius:

In the year 320, Constantine placed here the relics of the Holy Cross, which his mother, St. Helen, had brought to Rome from the Holy Land. Also, there is soil brought from Calvary, placed under the floor of the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Today, in the Church of Calvary at Rome—that is of the Cross—our hope, the Church, sends a ray of light upon our souls to stir us up to persevere in the struggle against the world, the flesh and the devil, until the great feast of Easter is reached.

"Rejoice, rejoice with joy," we are told in the Introit, for having died to sin with our Lord during Lent, we are shortly to rise with him by the Paschal Confession and Communion.

Our whole life is a texture of sorrows and joys. Good Fridays and Easters accompany us on our journey to the land of perennial Easter. But as there is no Good Friday without the assurance that "by the wood of the Cross joy has come into the whole world," so in the soul of a true Christian there is no sorrow without the joy that will come from living faith, strong hope and sincere love. It is a joy ever sustained and increased by that wonderful Bread, which Christ's loving hand multiplies for us in this desert of life.

By the wood of this Cross joy has come into the world and into your heart, also. Laetare, Jerusalem! Endure the thorns of life courageously. Supernaturalize them.

(Note: On this day, it was the custom to solemnly bless the "golden rose," which was then presented by the Holy Father to a Catholic, who was zealous and outstanding in the Faith.)


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Santa Croce in Gerusalemme

Santa Croce in Gerusalemme
 

Day XXVI. Sunday, Week IV

"Rejoice, Jerusalem! Be glad for her, you who love her; rejoice with her, you who mourned for her, and you will find contentment at her consoling breasts" (Entrance antiphon for today - Is 66:10-11).

Santa Croce in Gerusalemme. The Basilica of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem is one of Rome's seven pilgrim churches. When Saint Helena (d. 328-330), mother of Constantine, returned from the Holy Land in 326 with relics including the Holy Cross, she converted a hall in her residence into a church in order to have a place worthy to house the holy relics. She built it upon dirt from Calvary, hence the name of the church. For me, this is one of the most sacred places in Rome, a must for every pilgrim.

 

(The photo is of the reliquaries containing portions of the True Cross, the title which hung over our Lord, and the Bethlehem crib. There are also a nail, two thorns, a piece from the Holy Sepulcher and column of flagellation, and lastly, poor Saint Thomas's finger.) It is served by an international community of Cistercian monks who continually pray for us!


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Stational Church: Monday in the Fourth Week of Lent
Today's Stational Church is the Church of the Four Crowned Martyrs.
 
Information is from the Canon Regulars of St. John Cantius:

The Station is on Mount Caelius, in a church erected in the seventh century in honor of four officers of the Roman army, who having refused to adore a statue of Aesculapius, received the crown of martyrdom. These were the "Four Crowned Ones," whose relics are venerated in this sanctuary together with the head of St. Sebastian, an officer of the army of Diocletian.

Under the leadership of the Four Crowned Martyrs let us celebrate the divine Sacrifice. May the Eucharistic Action "refresh us and defend us," as it refreshed these great athletes and filled them with heavenly fortitude to go forth to make the supreme sacrifice for a true ideal, for their faith, for Christ, the King of Martyrs.

Let us pray: Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that as we keep with devotion year by year this holy fast, we may please Thee both in body and soul. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.


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Santi Quattro Coronati

 
 
Santi Quattro Coronati

Day XXVII. Monday, Week IV.

"Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed" (Ordinary of the Holy Mass).

Santi Quattro Coronati. The basilica of the Four Crowned Saints is dedicated to the four brothers Seveus, Severinus, Carpophorus, and Victorius. All four were Roman officials who were scourged to death by emperor Diocletian (284-305) rather than renounce their faith. Their tombs are in the crypt under the main altar. The church is now located within a cloistered Augustinian monastery. The photo is of one of the courtyards.

It is the titular church of Cardinal Mahoney of Los Angeles. Remember that from the beginning of the church, the people and clergy chose their bishop. Later, to exclude politics, the chief priests (Cathedral canons) who often advised and assisted the bishop, and upon a vacancy, elected the new bishop. In Rome, these became known as the cardinals, or hinges, who also were his chief advisors and helped him run the universal Church. As time went on, they were chosen by the Pope from the bishops of neighboring dioceses and made "priests of Rome". Upon their elevation, they were assigned a titular church of which they were both honorary pastor and benefactor. While very few dioceses still retain Cathedral canons with the privilege of nominating or electing a bishop, the fullness of the tradition of Cardinals is very much alive in Rome.


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Stational Church: Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Lent

Today's Stational Church is the Basilica of St. Lawrence the Deacon.
 
Information is from the Canon Regulars of St. John Cantius:

We celebrate the holy mysteries in spirit in the church of St. Lawrence in Damaso, built by the "poet-Pope" and "lover of the catacombs," St. Damasus, whose remains rest in this venerable edifice.

Mother Church points today to two leaders: Moses and Christ — figure and fulfillment. Both of them were unappreciated by their flock. Both of them were unmoved in their consecration to God and their holy calling. Their people were superficial, proud and selfish, while they, the leaders, were filled with the spirit of prayer, humility and the love of God.

In the spirit of our prayerful, humble and God-loving leader, St. Lawrence, let us make a sincere oblation of ourselves. Then the Divine Victim, through the prayers of this holy deacon, will increase in our souls what is so strikingly expressed in today's Mass:

1. Humility— "With expectation I have waited for the Lord and he was attentive to me."

2. Prayerfulness— "And He heard my prayer."

3. Love— "And He put a new canticle in my mouth, a song to our God."

Let us pray: Hear, O God, my prayer and despise not my supplication. Be attentive to me and hear me. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.


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San Lorenzo in Damaso

San Lorenzo in Damaso
 

Day XXVIII. Tuesday, Week IV.

"The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. In green pastures he gives me rest, he leads me beside restful waters of
peace" (Communion antiphon for today - Ps 23:1-2).

San Lorenzo in Damaso. This is another ancient church dedicated to Saint Lawrence by Pope Saint Damasus I (366-384) over his house. Today it is part of the Cancelleria, or the chancery, and houses the Holy Father's Tribunals: the Roman Rota, Apostolic Signatura, and Apostolic Penitentiary. The Roman Rota judges all judicial cases (especially marriage and rights). The Apostolic Signatura hears all cases of administrative recourse and watches over the lower tribunals. The Sacred Penitentiary hears all cases involving the internal forum. For example, there are certain sins, which only the Holy Father can absolve (i.e., a priest who reveals a confession). This tribunal will here these petitions for forgiveness in the name of the Pope.


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Stational Church: Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Lent
 
 
Today's Stational Church is the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.

Information is from the Canon Regulars of St. John Cantius:

At one time, a pilgrimage to the tomb of St. Paul in this Lenten penitential procession took on an exceptional character in view of the riches of doctrinal teaching, which has come down to us from the Apostle to the Gentiles. For this reason, it used to happen, that in this particular Lenten Station, the Pope carried out a "third scrutiny" for the baptismal candidates—that is, for those catechumens, who wanted to be baptized in water.

In this church, at the tomb of this great convert-exemplar, the catechumens, turning westward—towards darkness—renounced Satan, his pomps and his works. Then, turning eastward—towards the light—they pledged their loyalty to Christ and His Church.

Here at the tomb of the Apostle, who was "the salt of the earth," the catechumens received a morsel of salt. Accipe sal sapientiae—Receive the salt of wisdom! Receive the taste for the doctrine of God. Hereafter, speak no longer the language of the flesh, but let your conversation be heavenly.

Let us pray: O God, who grantest to the just the reward of their merits, and to sinners pardon through their fasts, have mercy on Thy suppliant people, that the confession of our guilt may enable us to obtain the forgiveness of our sins. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.


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San Paolo Fuori le Mura

San Paolo Fuori le Mura
 

Day XXIX. Wednesday, Week IV.

"God of love, bring us back to you. Send your Spirit to make us strong in faith and active in good works. Grant
this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Amen" (Collect for today).

San Paolo Fuori le Mura. One of the four major basilicas, St. Paul's is the second largest church in Rome, second only to St. Peter's. Both were consecrated on 18 November 326. Under the altar is the body of Saint Paul. This church is also famous for its mosaic medallions of all the Popes.

Throughout these 29 days, I've shared some incredible art in these churches. It is important to remember that art in the churches is never for its own sake but to evangelize, catechize, and otherwise assist the people of God on their journey. This is the traditional place where for the first scrutiny of the catechumens. They would
approach the church from the courtyard (see photo).

St. Paul as guardian of San Paolo Fuori le Mura

Saint Paul stands as guardian. The inscription says "Praedictori Veritatis, Doctori Gentium", "To the Preacher of Truth, Teacher of the Peoples". Behind him is Christ enthroned in a rainbow, blessing us, flanked by Saints Peter and Paul. Below is the Lamb of God seated on a mound from which flow the four rivers of Paradise. The 12 sheep (apostles) approach from Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Below are the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. As you approach the doors, you remember that Christ is the door to salvation. Indeed these are the doors of salvation, which tell the stories of Peter and Paul (see photo). Once inside, they watch the people recommit themselves through Christ as they approach the Holy Water font (Galli, 1860). Even the Holy Water font has a story to tell. The devil is about to pounce on the
little girl but she, on her tippy toes with full faith, reaches up to the holy waters unseen, ... and the devil shirks in fear!

Saints Peter and Paul flank the doors at San Paolo Fuori le Mura
 
Photo:   As you approach the doors,
you remember that Christ is the door to salvation.
 Indeed these are the doors of salvation,
which tell the stories of Peter and Paul (see photo).
 

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For you

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2452939/posts?page=82#82


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Santi Martino e Silvestro ai Monti

Santi Martino e Silvestro ai Monti
 

Day XXX. Thursday, Week IV.

"I will put my law within them, I will write it on their hearts; then I shall be their God, and they will be my
people" (Communion antiphon for today - Jeremiah  31:33).

Santi Martino e Silvestro ai Monti. This church was built by Pope Saint Sylvester (314-335) who was at the helm of the bark of Peter through the last of the persecutions and the conversion of emperor Constantine. Two hundred years later, it was later restored and rededicated to Saints Martin of Tours (317-397) and Pope Saint Sylvester. This church was the site of preparatory meetings for the Council of Nicaea (325), which was called to fight the heresies, which denied that Christ is true God and true man. This was the first church in Rome where the Nicene Creed was proclaimed. Since this is Thursday, we also know that from ancient times, it was a place where the poor have always been able to get food


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Stational Church: Thursday in the Fourth Week of Lent
 
 
Today's Stational Church is the Church of Sts. Sylvester and Martin.

Information is from the Canon Regulars of St. John Cantius:

Near this church the penitents used to pass through one of the most infamous of places, near the crossroads of Mercury and the Serbian walls, where there was the merulana necropolis (cemetery). That was where pagan Rome left the bodies of slaves and criminals to rot in the open, until the Christians built a chapel with the aim of venerating the Christian martyrs.

Two weeks from today, the Church will celebrate the mystery of the living and life-giving Bread, the first source of life and health. "For he that eats this Bread shall have life everlasting." "And unless you eat this Bread you shall not have life in you."

Preceded by two stational saints, the first Confessors, who were given public veneration in the Church — St. Sylvester and St. Martin — we will go to God's altar, to the Mystery of Life, to Him who will say also to us:" I say to thee, arise!"

Let us pray: Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that we, who are chastised by fasting, may rejoice with holy devotion, and that our earthly affections being weakened, we may, more easily understand the things of heaven. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.


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Stational Church: Friday in the Fourth Week of Lent
 
 
Today's Stational Church is the Church of St. Eusebius.

Information is from the Canon Regulars of St. John Cantius:

The Roman Martyr-Priest, Eusebius, whom the Arian Emperor Constantius II had imprisoned for seven months in the priest's own home so that he might slowly starve to death, is today our leader to the blessed Christ for whose Divinity Eusebius died and won eternal life.

Two weeks from today, we shall celebrate the Lord's life-giving death—the source of our resurrection and life. Christ's death is the Sacrament of all sacraments. All the Christian mysteries flow from this main-spring: "the mystery of new life" "out of water and the Holy Spirit;" restoring or healing life in the tribunal of God's mercy; the reception of the Bread of Life at the Lord's Table; as well as the great "come forth" on the last day (from our tombs as Lazarus was called from his tomb). These and all other mysteries of our Faith are rooted in the death of the Lamb of God.

Let us pray: O God, who renews the world by Thine ineffable sacraments, grant, we beseech Thee, that Thy Church may profit by Thy eternal institutions, and not be lacking in temporal help. Through Christ, Our Lord.
Amen.


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Sant'Eusibio

Sant'Eusibio.
 

Day XXXI. Friday, Week IV.

"Save me, O God, by your power and grant me justice! God, hear my prayer; listen to my plea. (Ps 53:3-4)

Sant'Eusibio. Saint Eusibio was a priest of Rome who was starved to death in 357 by the heretical emperor
Constantius who held that Christ was created so he was neither truly God nor man. Father Eusibio's home became
one of the 25 original churches of Rome. It is a place were the martyrs are celebrated, for from their blood, the
Church is born.


87 posted on 03/19/2010 9:50:32 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Stational Church: Saturday in the Fourth Week of Lent
 
 
Today's Stational Church is the Church of St. Nicholas in Carcere.

Information is from the Canon Regulars of St. John Cantius:

This Station is at a church built on the ruins of three pagan temples and consecrated to St. Nicholas. It is called in carcere because in ancient times it had been a dungeon—a prison devoid of light.

Water, food and light are indispensable for the maintenance and up-building of our natural life. Sacred Water, Sacred Food and Sacred Light are indispensable for the maintenance and up-building of our supernatural life.

1. "Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit, he can not enter into the Kingdom of heaven."

2. "Unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood, you shall not have life in you."

3. "I am the Light of the world. He that follows Me walks not in darkness, but shall have the light of life."

Catechumens and Faithful both were deeply impressed while listening to the Gospel of "The Light of the World" read in today's stational church, which is over a dark dungeon. There criminals were held in confinement, deprived of light, liberty and the joys of life. A man in mortal sin walks in darkness. The light of Christ is not in Him. He sits in darkness and in the shadow of death. With God's help, we must free ourselves during the remaining days from all darkness.

St. Nicholas—lead us today to Him, who by Sacred Water has made us His living branches, to Christ Jesus, our Divine Food and Holy Light.

Let us pray: Mercifully compel our rebellious wills and make them subject to Thee, O Lord. We ask this Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.


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San Nicola in Carcere

San Nicola in Carcere
 

Day XXXII. Saturday, Week IV.

"The snares of death overtook me, the ropes of hell tightened around me; in my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice" (Entrance antiphon for today - Ps 17:5-7).

San Nicola in Carcere. This church was built from the ruins of three Roman temples. The central temple was built on the site of the "caritas romana". Supposedly a man was condemned to die of hunger in prison. His daughter, who was nursing at the time, sustained him. (I saw a copy of Caravaggio's painting but, not knowing the story,
had other ideas about what was occurring in the painting.) The church is dedicated to Saint Nicolas, (Santa Claus), as he is the patron of prisoners.


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Stational Church: Passion Sunday--Fifth Sunday in Lent 
 
Today's Stational Church is St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

Information is from the Canon Regulars of St. John Cantius:

The Cross of Christ is veiled, so that we may seek it, and Him who died on it, all the more. The holiest season of the year is at hand, so holy, that "all other seasons of the year prepare us for keeping this one duly and worthily. These present days call for special fidelity seeing that they bring us so near to that sublime mystery of the Divine Mercy, the blessed Passion of Jesus Christ." (From the Divine Office)

With an open mind and a willing heart let us approach the altar to celebrate the Passion Sunday Sacrifice with our High Priest, so that His "body, which shall be delivered for us, and His blood that shall be shed for us" may bestow upon us the promise of eternal inheritance in Christ Jesus Our Lord.

Let us pray: Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies. Teach me to do Thy will. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.


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San Pietro in Vaticano

San Pietro in Vaticano
 

Day XXXIII. Sunday, Week V

"Strengthen in faith and love your pilgrim Church on earth; your servant (and my bishop) Pope John Paul II, and all the bishops, with the clergy, and the entire people your son has gained for you" (Eucharistic Prayer III).

San Pietro in Vaticano. Today used to be called Passion Sunday. As we continue our journey to the Easter mysteries it is good to reflect upon the cross, the instrument of our salvation. As a seminarian recently told me, the cross was light just enough for a man to carry and just strong enough to carry a man. Indeed it carried the Savior of the world! As one approaches Saint Peter's, in the midst of Bernini's colonnade, stands the pyramid which once stood watch in the median of Nero's circus (near the present day sacristy) over the crucifixion of Saint Peter. It is crowned with a relic of the true cross and now casts its shadow over us. On the base we read, "Ecce crux Domini fugit partes adversae. Vicit Leo de tribu Iuda." ("Behold the cross of the Lord from which the
adversarial parties flee. The Lion of the tribe of Judea is victorious!")  

 

His Holiness John Paul II

As we leave Saint Peter's, we read, "Christus vincit. Christus regnat. Christus imperat. Christus ab omni malo plebem suam defendat." ("Christ is victorious. Christ reigns. Christ commands. Christ defends his people from all evil.") Today's pictures are of the first vicar of Christ and his successor.

 


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Stational Church: Monday in the Fifth Week of Lent
 
 
 
Today's Stational Church is at the Church of St. Chrysogonus.

Information is from the Canon Regulars of St. John Cantius:

We are branches of Christ, the Vine. As such, we share in His life, share in His joys, and must share also in His sufferings, and thus—as the Apostle so boldly put it—make up in our own body what is yet wanting in the sufferings of Christ, the Head. This we shall do gladly in these holy Passion days. Our mortifications, our self-discipline, our temptations, our trials from within and from without, all our sufferings, we will unite with Christ's Blessed Passion. They will then be lifted out of their own smallness and will share in the greatness and efficacy of His sufferings. He will suffer in us and we in Him.

We humbly ask St. Chrysogonus, in whose Roman home we observe today's mysteries of redemption, that he would accompany us to "the Lord of Hosts, the King of Glory."

Let us pray: O God, hear my prayer. Give ear to the words of my mouth. Save me, O Lord, by Thy name and in Thy power deliver me. Through Christ, Our Lord.
Amen.


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San Crisogono

San Crisogono
 

Day XXXIV. Monday, Week V.

"Has no one condemned you? The woman answered: No one, Lord. Neither do I condemn you: go and do not sin again" (Communion antiphon for today - Jn 8:12).

San Crisogono. Saint Chrysogonus was a Roman military officer from Northern Italy who was beheaded by the emperor Diocletian (284-305). His body was thrown into the sea but later recovered and buried by the priest Saint Zoilus. A great devotion to him arose among the Greeks and Romans. So much so, he is still remembered in the Roman Canon (Eucharistic Prayer I).

One of the 25 original parishes of Rome, the church may have been built in the 4th Century. It has been reconstructed several times. I was struck by this chapel to the Sacred Heart (see photo).

As you may know, the body of John XXIII was recently found to be uncorrupt. In fact, many of the saints earthly remains were preserved from decay (we already saw Pius IX on Day 19 at Saint Lawrence Outside the Walls).

 

Blessed Anna Maria Taigi, uncorrupt

In this church is Blessed Anna Maria Taigi. She was born in Siena in 1769. She moved to Rome, married, and bore and raised seven children. She was known for her holiness, her care for the poor and sick, and was considered the perfect model of a Christian wife and mother. She was also a part of the third order of the Most Holy Trinity. She died in 1837 at the age of 68. As you can see from the photo, she too is uncorrupt. In fact, she looked better than many people I've seen alive! Her skin has a rosy glow and her lips are drawn to a beautiful, serene smile. The chapel is filled with a powerful yet delicate scent of roses. Beautiful. Blessed Anna Maria, pray for us!


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Stational Church: Tuesday in the Fifth Week of Lent
 
 
 
Today's Stational Church is at the Church of St. Cyriacus.

Information is from the Canon Regulars of St. John Cantius:

The Sacred Texts, which like a garland, surround the celebration of the Eucharistic Sacrifice and the Divine Office must not only be understood in their literal and historical sense, but above all in their liturgical one. This is always the case, but especially during Passiontide.

The Divine Head, who nineteen centuries ago underwent the great Passion is now undergoing it in His Body, the Church. An attack on the Church is an attack on Christ. Whenever the Church suffers, her Divine head suffers. But all these sufferings lead to victory. "They have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. The disciple is not greater than the Master." Persecutions and sufferings purify the Church. They remove what is not of God. They cast forth all that comes from Satan—the arch-enemy, and that comes from the fatal act in Paradise—the arch-sin.

May the holy Deacon Cyriacus obtain for us "God's light and truth and conduct us and bring us to His holy hill, to the altar, to Calvary, to Easter, to the immortal Christ at the right-hand of the Father.

Let us pray: O Lord, deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man. Send forth Thy Light and Thy Truth. They shall lead me on. Through Christ, Our Lord.
Amen.


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Santa Maria in via Lata

(I/m not sure this is the same church as mentioned above??)

Santa Maria in via Lata
 

Day XXXV. Tuesday, Week V.

"When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to myself, says the Lord" (Communion antiphon for today - Jn12:32).

Santa Maria in via Lata. Tradition holds that St. Paul was placed under house arrest here and during that time, wrote the Letter to the Hebrews. Later, a church was built and the relics of several martyrs were interred here. But for me, I will remember this church, around the corner from my home, as the place where, every evening, the priest would lead the "Daughters of the Church" and the faithful in Eucharistic Adoration, praying for Christian unity. (The photo is of a 10th century Byzantine icon of our Lady, which is enshrined over the main altar).


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Stational Church: Wednesday in the Fifth Week of Lent
 
 
 
Today's Stational Church is at the Church of St. Marcellus.
 
Information is from the Canon Regulars of St. John Cantius:

A patient sufferer, condemned by his enemies to work in a horse-stable, the good shepherd, Pope Marcellus, is our leader today to the King of Martyrs, Christ, our Good Shepherd.

Why must a human being suffer, physically, spiritually, or both? This has always been and ever will be, the great problem—indeed a problem and a riddle for the worldly individual, but not for the follower of Christ, who finds the answer at the foot of the Cross.

For the Christ-loving soul, there is no suffering for suffering sake, there is suffering only for Easter sake, with its peace and strength and never fading victory.
The mystery of the Cross is the great answer, a solution, which the carnal-minded man will never find. St. Marcellus found it, and having found it, suffered gladly as a true athlete of Christ. "I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou has upheld me and has not made my enemies to rejoice over me."

Let us pray: Sanctify this fast, O God, and mercifully enlightening the hearts of Thy faithful, do Thou hear favorable those to whom Thou grant the grace of devotion. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.


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San Marcello

San Marcello
 

Day XXXVI. Wednesday, Week V.

"The truth will set you free" (Gospel for today - Jn 8:32).

San Marcello. Saint Marcellus was the 30th Pope. He was ordered to sacrifice to the gods. When he refused, he was condemned to work as a stable boy. Shortly thereafter, on January 16, 309, the venerable old man died from his labors. Over the stable, a church was built, one of the original 25 parishes of Rome. It was here that Pope Boniface I was consecrated in 418. Later, Pope Saint Marcellus was interred here as well as Pope Vigilius (538-555). The church was later destroyed by fire but miraculously, the cross survived and is venerated as miraculous. In fact, each year it is placed in Saint Peter's and venerated by the Holy Father during the Sacred Triduum (see photo). He also used this crucifix when he begged God's forgiveness for our many sins last year during the Jubilee Year. (March 12, 2000).


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Stational Church: Thursday in the Fifth Week of Lent
 
 
 
Today's Stational Church is at the Church of St. Apollinaris.

Information is from the Canon Regulars of St. John Cantius:

There are actually two stational churches indicated for today. The first Lenten Station was established by Pope Gregory II (715-731) in the Church of St. Apollinaris and the second established by Pope Pius IX (1846-1878) with apostolic privilege in the Church of St. Mary the New in the Roman Forum as a closing for a Holy Year of Redemption.

A week from today we shall begin the Pascal Mysteries. The truer the sorrow for our sins and the greater the realization of the need of God's grace, the more fruitful will be the efficacy of these Pascal Mysteries.

Let us pray: Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that the dignity of human nature wounded by excess, may be reformed by the practice of self-denial. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.


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Sant' Apollinare

Sant' Apollinare
 

Day XXXVII. Thursday, Week V.

"God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all; with Christ he will surely give us all things" (Communion
antiphon for today - Rm 8:32).

Sant' Apollinare. Saint Apollinaris was a disciple of Saint Peter and was appointed by him to be the first bishop of Ravenna. He was known for his extraordinary holiness and for the many cures, which were wrought through his prayerful intercession. He was arrested, tortured, and deported several times before he was finally executed.

Today's church was first built by Gregory II (715-731) and was reconstructed many times. Today it is part of Santa Croce, the university sponsored by Opus Dei. The photo is of the Eucharistic Chapel. The fresco is of Mary, Regina Apostolorum, Queen of the Apostles, and is of the 15th century.


99 posted on 03/25/2010 7:18:35 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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100 posted on 03/25/2010 7:20:11 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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