As we have noted on other occasions, St. Peter’s Basilica has the Station twice in Lent, once on Saturday of the first week, since all Ember Saturdays have their Station there, and again on Passion Sunday, the Fifth Sunday of Lent in the modern rite. The Basilica has consistently maintained of displaying a large number of reliquaries on the high altar on these days; including among the relics are the majority of the sainted Popes, both the martyrs and the confessors.
Second Sunday of Lent - Santa Maria in Domnica
|His Excellency Bishop Matteo Zuppi, Auxiliary Bishop of Rome, preaches while standing under a mosaic of the early 9th century.|
Monday of the Second Week - Saint Clement’s
|The procession passes through the nave of the ancient church; in the background, some of the 11th century fresco work preserved in the lower church. (Thank you, Agnese, in particular for this beautiful photograph!)|
|The procession passes through the narthex (now underground) of the ancient church of San Clement.|