We had a late start today, which was welcome. Mass at S Maria della Scala. the sacristy situation was … just as Roman sacristies usually are, especially in the hands of religious. Any one who has lived here knows exactly what I mean.
In no special order…
Something from lunch. Many of you will recognize what this is.
A brief visit to S Maria in Trastevere.
Okay… more food.
A pair of ancient Christian birds from a funerary monument fragment. There are many of these in the entrance way to S Maria in Trastevere.
We darted up to S Pietro in Vincoli.
You know one. Moses by Michelangelo. It is said that, when he finished him, Michelangelo struck him with his hammer and said “Speak!”
Chains of Peter in prison. They say there are also fragments of chains of St. Paul.
Over at S Prassede… a must see church near S Maria Maggiore, a fragment of the column of the flagellation.
One of the great mosaics in the S Zeno chapel. Did you listen you my LENTCAzTs? I spoke about the Roman Stations each day and I described some of these things along the way.
This is the mosaic that the weird sisters freak out about. The Pope honored his own mother, Theodora, with her image in the mosaic. She is still alive at the time it is made, thus the square, not round, “halo”. She is called “episcopa” NOT because she is a bishop – which is laughable – but because she is the mother of the Roman bishop! It is an honorary title… for the Pope’s Mom!
Less controversial were our antipasti tonight. A little of everything.
The Great Roman Fabrizio and his wife the Incredible Claudia joined us this evening, which truly made the evening special.
One of my favorite fishes: Orata.
With His Excellency Bp. Paprocki, whom I met by happy chance. This guy is great.
Back to food. Baba al Rhum with little strawberries. Yes. This one can stay.
Most of the bottles removed, but it is still a worthy field of play.
And thus endeth the day, with Compline, for this Saturday in alibis.