Friday, 27 February 2015

Lenten Station At The Basilica Of The Twelve Apostles. Friday Of Ember Week In Lent.


Roman Text is taken from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal.

Italic Text, Illustrations and Captions, are taken from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia,
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Friday of Ember Week in Lent.
Station at The Twelve Apostles.

Indulgence of 10 years and 10 Quarantines.

Violet Vestments.


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The Apse in the Church of The Twelve Apostles, 
Rome, Italy.
Photo: August 2012.
Source: Own work.
Author: Luc.
(Wikimedia Commons)


On The Friday in Ember Week, The Station was always made in the Church of The Twelve Apostles, situated at the foot of The Quirinal, for the Examination of Candidates for Ordination. Thus, were the future Priests and Deacons put under the protection of the whole Apostolic College.

This Basilica, one of the oldest in Rome, was built shortly after the time of Emperor Constantine by Pope Julius I, on the occasion of The Translation of the Bodies of The Apostles Philip and James the Less, which rested there. Pope John III (561 A.D. to 574 A.D.) made of it a Votive Monument for the freeing of Rome from the Goths of Totila.


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The Baroque Ceiling 
of the Church of The Twelve Apostles, Rome.
Photo: August 2005.
(Wikimedia Commons)


Addressing herself to the public penitents in the first Centuries of Christianity, The Church told them, by the mouth of Ezechiel, that God was ready to forgive them because they repented (Epistle). Like the sick, who assembled in the Porches of the Pond situated on the North of the Temple in Jerusalem, they waited at the doors of the Church, and, on the great day of the Sabbath, which is The Feast of Easter, Jesus cured them, as He healed the paralytic, spoken of in the Gospel.


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Exterior of the Basilica of The Twelve Apostles, 
Rome, Italy.
Photo: January 2006.
Source: Own work.
Author: Lalupa
(Wikimedia Commons)


Our Souls, washed in the waters of Baptism, but since fallen back into sin, must atone for their faults, and Jesus, through the instrumentality of His Priests, will pardon them in the Holy Tribunal of Penance.


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Interior of Santi Apostoli, Rome.
Photo: July 2007.
Source: Own work.
Author: SteO153
(Wikimedia Commons)


The excuse, “I have no man”, will not avail us, for if we remain stricken with the palsy of sin, it is because we do not have recourse to the Ministry of Priesthood, which is always at our disposal.

Let us Pray to Almighty God to “receive us with His kind assistance” (Collect), that our vices being “cleansed away” by Penance (Postcommunion), our Souls may once more be shown “the Light of His Grace” (Prayer Over The People).






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Thursday, 26 February 2015

A Little Levity To Get You Through The Day.



"When I find out who's hidden our spectacles,
there's going to be Hell to pay !!! "

Lenten Station At Saint Laurence's-In-Panisperna. Thursday, The First Week In Lent.


Roman Text is taken from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal.

Italic Text, Illustrations and Captions, are taken from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia,
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Thursday of The First Week in Lent.
Station at Saint Laurence's-in-Panisperna.

Indulgence of 10 years and 10 Quarantines.

Violet Vestments.


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Church of San Lorenzo-in-Panisperna,
in rione Monti, Rome.
Photo: March 2010.
Source: Own work.
Author: LPLT
This file is licensed under the 
(Wikimedia Commons)


The Station at Rome was established by Pope Gregory II, in the old Church of Saint Laurence-in-Panisperna, erected to the glory of the heroic Deacon, on the very spot where he suffered Martyrdom.

The Church reminds The Catechumens that, since the coming of Jesus, it is no longer the Race of Israel, alone, that has the promise, but that all can enter The Church by Baptism and partake of The Eucharistic Bread of The Children of God.

If the heathen will solemnly deny the evil deeds of his fathers and practise the Christian Law of Penance and Charity (Epistle), his Prayer will be granted, as was that of the woman who belonged to the accursed Race of Canaan, but whose Faith was great (Gospel).

Let us seek in The Eucharist the strength required to observe Lent. For it is our Fasting, in conjunction with The Sacrifice of Jesus, that will obtain for us Salvation (Secret, Communion, Postcommunion).


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Saint Laurence's Martyrdom, 
by Pasquale Cati (1589), 
in the Church of San Lorenzo-in-Panisperna, Rome.
Photo: March 2010.
Source: Own work.
Author: LPLT
This file is licensed under the 
(Wikimedia Commons)


San Lorenzo-in-Panisperna, or San Lorenzo-in-Formoso, is a Church on Via Panisperna, Rome, Italy. It was built on the site of Saint Laurence's Martyrdom.

Panisperna most probably refers to the tradition of The Poor Clares (in the adjacent Convent) of distributing bread and ham (pane e perna) on 10 August, Lawrence's Feast Day, in remembrance of his distributing funds from The Church to the Poor. "Formoso" refers to Pope Formosus, who built the first attested Church here.


Tradition states that the first building was constructed during the Reign of Emperor Constantine I, only 100 years after the Martyrdom of Saint Laurence, though the first written evidence is from 1300, when Pope Boniface VIII rebuilt the Church and annexed an Abbey to it. That Abbey was given to The Benedictines in 1451, and then had The Poor Clares settled in it by Cardinal Jacopo Colonna in 1896, who also restored the Church and Monastery.


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English: The Chapel of Saint Brigid 
in the Church of Saint Laurence-in-Panisperna, Rome.
Italian: Chiesa di San Lorenzo in Panisperna, 
Cappella di Santa Brigida.
Photo: 1996.
Source: Own work.
Author: Torvindus
(Wikimedia Commons)


The Franciscans now Serve the Church. In the 5th-Century, this Church was one of Rome's Stational Churches and was visited by The Pope on its Titular Day, the Thursday of The First Week in Lent. Recent Popes have revived this ancient custom.

The present Church is a result of a re-building by Carlo Rainaldi in 1575–1576, under Pope Gregory XIII. It was at this time that it became known as 'in-Panisperna' rather than 'in-Formoso', and that the present Facade was built. 

A new Outer Portico was added in the 17th-Century, then restored and decorated with images of Saint Laurence and Saint Francis of Assisi in 1893–1894 by Pope Leo XIII, who, in 1843, had been ordained Bishop in this Church. Pope Leo XIII also added a steep flight of steps, in front of the Church, leading to a tree-lined Courtyard. There is a modern bronze statue of Saint Bridget of Sweden, here.

A Mediaeval house is preserved, next to the Church, with an exterior staircase, one of the few such houses to have been preserved in Rome.


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Entrance door of the Church of San Lorenzo-in-Panisperna, Rome.
Photo: March 2010.
Source: Own work.
Author: LPLT
This file is licensed under the 
(Wikimedia Commons)


The Church has a single Nave with three Chapels on each side.


South Side

Includes a painting of Saint Clare of Assisi (1756), by Antonio Nessi, and a Ceiling fresco of Glory of Saint Laurence, by Antonio Bicchierai.
Contains the Tomb of the brothers, Saint Crispin and Saint Crispinian, with a painting by Giovanni Francesco Romano.
Painting of The Immaculate Conception, by Giuseppe Ranucci.

North Side


Painting of stigmata of Saint Francis, by Niccolò Lapiccola.
Chapel of Saint Bridget, where she was buried before her body was moved to Sweden. She had used to beg for Alms for the Poor outside this Church, and Prayed before The Crucifix by The High Altar. Now, a Martyr, named Victoria, lies underneath the Altar in the Chapel. 
The painting of Saint Bridget, Praying before The Crucifix, is by Giuseppe Montesanti and was painted in 1757.
Includes an 18th-Century Crucifix of The Roman School.

Under its Porch, is a Chapel containing the oven, said to have been used for Saint Laurence's Martyrdom. A Late-16th-Century fresco of The Martyrdom of Saint Laurence stands behind The High Altar (by Pasquale Cati, a mediocre pupil of Michelangelo). The Crucifix, by The High Altar, is from the 14th-Century.





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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

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Lenten Station At Saint Mary Major. Wednesday Of Ember Week In Lent.


Roman Text is taken from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal.

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Wednesday of Ember Week in Lent.
Station at Saint Mary Major.

Indulgence of 10 years and 10 Quarantines.

Violet Vestments.


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English: Basilica of Saint Mary Major, Rome.
Français: Vue arriere de la Basilique Sainte-Marie Majeure de Rome (Santa Maria Maggiore).
Photo: November 2008.
Source: Own work.
Author: LPLT
Permission: You are free to use this picture for any purpose under the conditions specified in the license below as long as you credit its author, LPLT.
This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
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The Spring Ember Week coincides with The First Week of Lent. It was instituted for the purpose of consecrating to God The New Season, and, by Fasting and Prayer, to draw down Heavenly Graces on those, who, on Saturday next, are to receive The Sacrament of Holy Orders.

The Station on The Wednesday in Ember Week was always held at Saint Mary Major, the greatest and most illustrious of The Roman Churches Consecrated to The Blessed Virgin.


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English: Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Vatican.
Français: Basilique Sainte-Marie-Majeure, Vatican, située à Rome, Latium, Italie.
Photo: September 2010.
Source: Own work.
Author: Tango7174
(Wikimedia Commons)


Is it not fitting that on this very day, when the Scrutinies for Ordination used to be made, the Liturgical gathering should be made in The Basilica Consecrated to her, whom Proclus of Constantinople hails as “The Temple in which God became Priest” ? The Gospel also alludes to Our Lady.


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English: The Borghese Chapel, Saint Mary Major, Rome.
Português: Capela Borghese, Santa Maria MaggioreRoma.
Photo: 2005.
Source: Taken by Ricardo André Frantz
Author: Ricardo André Frantz (User:Tetraktys)
(Wikimedia Commons)


The two Lessons, the second of which is read as The Epistle, tell of Moses and Elias, who, before seeing the Glory of The Lord, Fasted Forty Days and Forty Nights. Called to take the place of the rebellious Jews, let us make ourselves worthy of the Fruits of Penance, as did the men of Ninive, who listened to the voice of Jonas, and the Queen of Saba, who came from her distant Country to learn the Wisdom of Solomon (Gospel). We shall participate, then, in the Resurrection of The Saviour, symbolised by The Prophet, who, after remaining three days in the whale’s belly, was vomited out alive.

Let us Pray to God that we may be strengthened in mind by the Fruit of Good Works, while we mortify our bodies by Abstinence (Collect).






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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The Holy Season Of Lent.






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Lenten Station At The Basilica Of Saint Anastasia. Tuesday Of The First Week In Lent.


Roman Text is taken from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal.

Italic Text, Illustrations and Captions, are taken from Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia,
unless otherwise stated.


Tuesday Of The First Week In Lent.
Station at Saint Anastasia's.

Indulgence of 10 years and 10 Quarantines.

Violet Vestments.


File:Basilica di Sant-Anastasia Rome 2011 1.jpg

Photo: April 2011.
Source: Own work.
Author: Karelj
(Wikimedia Commons)


The Station is at the old Church, which, in the 4th-Century, was the only Parish in the Centre of Rome and in its wealthy Quarter. Built at the foot of the Palatine Hill, this Church, which owes its name to The Chapel of The Resurrection (Anastasis) at Jerusalem, was also Consecrated to Saint Anastasia.

Saint Anastasia was put to death, under the Emperor Diocletian, at Sirmium, in Illyria (now Mitrowitz). Tradition seems to say that this "Title", mentioned in a Synod in 499 A.D., recalls the house of this Holy Martyr in Rome (?). It is more than likely, however, that it concerns but a simple identity of name between the Roman Foundress of this Basilica and the Titular Saint.

Lent is the time when "God is near to us and eager to forgive us, if we put aside our evil thoughts and forsake the way of sin" (Epistle). To do so, we must cast sin out from our hearts, as Jesus cast out the sellers from the Temple (Gospel), and receive the teaching of Christ with the simplicity of Children of God. Then, He will be able to cure our Souls, as He healed the lame and the blind who came nigh unto Him.

Casting out the vainglorious wisdom of the world, let us profit by the Holy Season of Lent, so that, "chastening our bodies by mortification, our Souls may be filled with Holy Desires" (Collect).


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Interior of The Basilica of Saint Anastasia, Rome.
Photo: June 2007.
Source: Own work.
Author: Lalupa
(Wikimedia Commons)


Santa Anastasia is a Basilica Church in Rome.

Santa Anastasia was built in the Late-3rd-Century A.D. - Early-4th-Century A.D., possibly by a Roman woman named Anastasia. The Church is Listed under the Titulus "Anastasiae" in The Acts of The 499 A.D. Synod. Later, the Church was En-Titled to the Martyr with the same name, Anastasia of Sirmium.

The Church was restored several times: Pope Damasus I (366 A.D. - 383 A.D.); Pope Hilarius (461 A.D. - 468 A.D.); Pope John VII (705 A.D. - 707 A.D.); Pope Leo III (795 A.D. - 816 A.D.); Pope Gregory IV (827 A.D. - 844 A.D.). The current Church dates back to the 17th-Century Restoration commissioned by Pope Urban VII.

Traditionally, the Church is connected to the cult of Saint Jerome, who possibly Celebrated Mass here. The Saint is depicted over the Altar, by Domenichino.


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Ceiling of The Basilica Sant'Anastasia, Rome.
Photo: July 2009.
Source: Own work.
Author: User:Mattes
(Wikimedia Commons)


The current Cardinal Priest of the Titulus S. Anastasiae is Godfried Danneels. Past holders have included John Morton, an Archbishop of Canterbury.

Art and Architecture

The last Restoration, after the Restoration during the Papacy of Pope Sixtus IV, occurred in 1636, when the facade, with, lower, Doric, and, upper, Ionic, order, was reconstructed in 1636, after the cyclone of 1634. The Nave recycles antique Columns. The Ceiling is frescoed with a Martyrdom of The Saints (1722) by Michelangelo Cerruti.


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English: Statue in Basilica di Sant'Anastasia al PalatinoRome, Italy.
Česky: Socha v Bazilice sv. Anastázie na PalatinuŘím, Itálie.
Photo: April 2011.
Source: Own work.
Author: Karelj
(Wikimedia Commons)


The Chapel, to the Right, has a painting of Saint John the Baptist by Pier Francesco Mola. While the last Chapel on the Right has a fresco of Scenes of the Life of Saints Carlo Borromeo and Filippo Neri by Lazzaro Baldi

The Right Transept has a painting of S. Toribio (1726) by Francesco Trevisani. The High Altar has a Nativity, by Lazzaro Baldi, and, below the Altar, is a statue of Saint Anastasia, by Ercole Ferrata. It clearly shows the influence of Bernini's Beata Ludovica Albertoni. The Left Transept has a Madonna of The Rosary, by Baldi. The last Chapel, to the Left, by Domenichino, depicts Saint Jerome. The other Chapel has Ss.Giorgio e Publio, by Etienne Parrocel.




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