Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Roman Pilgrim at the Station Churches 2015 (Part 3)

Ember Wednesday in the First Week of Lent - Station at Saint Mary Major
I have written previously about the Station Churches on the Ember Days of Lent, and their relationship to the Scriptural readings of the Mass, once in an article written jointly with Shawn, and again in this article.

Thursday in the First Week of Lent - Station at Saint Lawrence ‘in Panisperna’
As can be seen in the last two photographs taken at this church, it is the home of a very impressive relic collection.

Ember Friday in the First Week of Lent - Station at the Basilica of the Twelve Apostles
Last year, our intrepid correspondent Agnese was prevented from reaching one of the Station Masses when the street on which the church of Ss Cosmas and Damian sits was blocked off for the visit of a foreign dignitary. Continuing the tradition, on Friday she was unable to reach the church of the Twelve Apostles because of a major political demonstration, one of the recurring plagues of life in Rome, in the nearby Piazza Venezia. Click here to see her photos from last year.

Ember Saturday in the First Week of Lent - Station at Saint Peter’s
St Peter’s is also home to a fantastic collection of relics, a sizeable portion of which are displayed on the main altar on the two days when the Lenten Station is held there, Ember Saturday and Passion Sunday. Click here for an explanation of the arrangement which you can see in the photographs below. 

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