In the Byzantine Rite, the feast of St Benedict is kept on March 14th, one week before the day of his death, which is his traditional Roman day. The Greek College in Rome honors him as its Patron Saint, but because his feast always falls in Lent, when the Divine Liturgy is only celebrated on Sundays and Saturdays, it is commemorated when it falls during the week at a Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, Vespers combined with a Communion service. Here are a few pictures from yesterday evening’s ceremony.
|An icon of St Athanasius. titular Saint of the College’s main church.|
|After the Little Entrance, there are two readings from the Old Testament, Genesis and Proverbs in Lent, Exodus and Job in Holy Week. The altar is then incensed from all sides, as the priest and choir sing part of Psalm 140, with the refrain “Let my prayer rise before Thee as incense, the lifting up of my hands as and evening sacrifice.”, accompanied with a series of full prostrations.|
|The deacon sings the Gospel from the pulpit.|
|If you click on this picture to magnify it, you can see a metal Eucharistic tabernacle in the form of a dove suspended from the middle of the baldachin.|
|One of the chapels within the college.|
|The bell-tower of the Church of St Athanaius, seen from inside the college.|