The great church of Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini has over the main altar one of the truly great paintings in Rome: Most Holy Trinity by Guido Reni.
The church is a treasure with a rich history. This is where St. Philip Neri, co-patron of Rome with St. Peter, had his confraternity to care for pilgrims to the holy City.
I celebrated my third Mass there and helped with other solemn liturgies in years past.
And, friends, you should see the sacristy and the vestments. Unbelievable.
Now I learn that the FSSP may be given this church as a personal parish for those who desire the older use of the Roman Rite!
I just got off the phone with Fr. Kramer, the priest who is in charge of the FSSP mission in Rome. He is hopeful and asks for your prayers that everything be done according to God’s will. [BTW… to the right is a photo of your’s truly as celebrant at little San Gregorio for the 8 December Solemn Mass and Fr. Kramer is the subdeacon.]
With Summorum Pontificum in effect, and having seen tha the FSSP has made a real go fo things in Rome even in tough conditions, Card. Ruini is seeing the whole situation favorably. The Diocese of Rome will be taking action.
The FSSP guys might inevitably have to share a some space with the Communità di Sant’Egidio, (I am conjuring imagees of Felix and Oscar as I write). But since the Communità doesn’t use the church for very much, that shouldn’t be a problem.
The guys from the super-tiny S. Gregorio ai Muratori, where the FSSP is now in Rome, will be at Ss. Trinità (or Tirnità in Roman dialect) for Christmas Eve. It should be wonderful to see a glorious Solemn Mass at the altar with that painting.
The church will need some cleaning and fixing, but it is a glorious space, a classic Roman church.
Yes… it’s a lot bigger.