Sunday, February 21, 2016

A Roman Pilgrim at the Station Churches 2016 (Part 2)

We continue following our friend Agnese’s visits to the Lenten Station Masses.

Ember Wednesday - St Mary Major
The traditional Mass readings for the three Ember Days in Lent form a group which are meant to be taken together, along with those of the Second Sunday, and are chosen in particular reference to the churches at which the stations are held in those days. 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.

The procession held before the Mass, which, as you can see below in the fourth picture, passed into the church’s atrium, and then entered the church again through the now-open Holy Door.

Thursday of the First Week - St Lawrence in Panisperna
Each year, as part of the traditional Lenten observance, Agnese misses a station or two due to circumstances beyond her control. In this case, the time of the Mass at San Lorenzo in Panisperna was changed without prior notice. Click to see some pictures from last year of this church’s very impressive relic collection.

Ember Friday - The Church of the Twelve Apostles

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