More from Agnese, our pilgrim-on-the scene!
Monday of the First Week of Lent - St. Peter in Chains
Tuesday of the First Week of Lent - Sant’Anastasia
|The church of Sant’Anastasia is also the station for the second Mass of Christmas day, in honor of the titular martyr who shares the day of her birth into heaven with the day of Christ’s Birth into this world.|
Ember Wednesday in the First Week of Lent - Santa Maria Maggiore
Like many station churches, Saint Mary Major also keeps the station day by bringing out a large number of reliquaries and displaying them on the altar.
The traditional Mass readings for the three Ember Days in Lent form a unit which are meant to be taken together, along with those of the Second Sunday; they are also chosen in particular reference to the stations at which they are held. Shawn and I wrote an article about this together in 2010, and I wrote another about these station days in 2012, which you might find interesting.