Over the last few years, quite a number of people have either written to me or left a note in one of the comboxes to say how much they enjoy this series, so I apologize for letting myself get behind with it during this very busy week. It has become kind of a tradition that every year we miss a station or two. Our Roman pilgrim friend Agnese was unwell on Ember Saturday, and so she missed the Station at St Peter’s that day; the station church for the Second Sunday of Lent, Santa Maria in Domnica, is currently closed for restoration, and the stational Mass was therefore celebrated in the unattractive chapel of a nearby hospital. We therefore resume with this post covering Monday to Friday of the Second Week of Lent; the next one will go from yesterday to next Wednesday.
Monday of the Second Week of Lent - San ClementeThe procession before the Mass began as usual in the ruins of the ancient basilica below the current one, made its way upstairs and through the large portico, before entering for the Mass. San Clemente has been home to the Irish Dominican friars in Rome since the later 17th century, and we see them participating in the procession. Also notice in the 4th photo the custom of strewing greenery on the floors of churches during the station Masses, as also further down at San Vitale. (Nobody seems to really know where this comes from or why it is done.)
Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent - Santa BalbinaThe church of Saint Balbina on the Aventine Hill is very close to the Norbertine College, and each year, members of the latter participate in the stational procession, while the college’s choir sings the liturgy. The second photograph shows members of the clergy before the main door of the college, followed by the procession though the rather narrow streets on the way to Santa Balbina.
Wednesday of the Second Week - Santa Cecilia in Trastevere
|The church is home to a community of Benedictine nuns.|
In front of the altar is the famous statue of St Cecilia by Stefano Maderno, depicting her as her body was said to have been found when her tomb was opened in 1599.
Thursday of the Second Week - Santa Maria in Trastevere
Friday of the Second Week - San Vitale