Rome – Day 5-6: Processions and Purgatories

The last few days have been a busy blur. But here are a few images from the blur.

First, a shot of the interior of Santa Maria sopra Minerva. It is a rare Gothic church, in the hands the hands of the Dominicans, near the Pantheon. Bernini’s famous little elephant is just outside.


Over at Sant’Agostino, at the tomb of Monica, the mother of Augustine of Hippo.  The woman praying there was pretty focused.


At the little “Purgatory Church” on the banks of the Tiber, there are some items which show the “touch” of pugatorians.


In Santa Maria del Popolo, the chapel where two painting by Caravaggio are found, the Crucifixion of Peter and the Conversion of Paul.


I was on the steps of San Carlo ai Catinari and … here came a procession from S. Maria in Campitelli.


It was a little disorganized, but that happens.


At supper, we were given this.


And I was given that.  Rabbit, of course.


For the Eucharistic Procession at Ss. Trinita dei Pelegrini, here is the “macchina”.


I gave a friend my camera and he got some great action photos.

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After the procession, it was off to pack and hop a ride to another country.




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  1. Andrew D says:

    The second photo of Sant’Agostino is especially nice. I love how you captured the sunlight shining diagonally from the heavens, to the Blessed Mother, then the Christ Child and finally ending on the face of St. Monica. Great photo Fr. Z. and an important reminder that “to Jesus, through Mary.”

  2. acmeaviator says:

    So beautiful- thank you Father for these and all the images and information you share with us!

  3. FranzJosf says:

    Three questions for anyone who knows an answer:

    1. Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, just around the corner from the Pantheon, doesn’t look Gothic from the outside; I almost missed it because there is a very plain, non-Gothic facade on the outside of the church. Does anyone know why the facade covers the Gothic?

    2. There is another Gothic, or neo-Gothic I suspect, church on the Tiber sort of above the Bridge of Angels. It has always been locked every time I’ve tried to go inside on periodic visits since 1995. Does anyone know the title or anything else?

    3. In the photo of the FSSP Procession, I notice that many priests are wearing chasubles rather than the more often-seen copes. Does anyone know of the tradition/custom/rubric governing this choice of vestment on this particular occasion?

  4. jameeka says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you Father Z, wonderful!

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