Rome – Day 1: Jet Lag Edition

We hit the ground running, as one must do in Rome… first: stay awake… eat… get sun… stay awake.

This is a good way to do it.

Later, I said Mass at Ss. Trinita.

They are having a novena to Our Lady and will consecrated the parish!

Well done.

This is how they have displayed Our Lady of Fatima.

A trip to Gammarelli began with a glimpse of this beautiful hand embroidered vestment.  Someone: feel free to send $10K.

Wow.  Right?

The vestments we ordered will have the coats of arms embroidered directly on the fabric.  However, we have a few others.  Here is one for the Extraordinary Ordinary.

The scene of Act I of Tosca.

Because today, in the traditional calendar (and that of the Augustinians) is St. Monica, we went to venerate her bone in the church names after her son.

I enjoy the street shrines.  After all these years they are like old friends.

Orata at a tiny, family owned place I’ve known and trusted for years.



Zucchini flowers.


One of the most beautiful squares in the world.


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  1. Kathleen10 says:

    Beautiful photos! Thanks for taking us along. Be safe.

  2. Zephyrinus says:

    Every visit to Rome, every visit to Gammarelli, every wundebar Italian dish, every visit to a Roman Church and Roman Liturgy and Roman Vestments, instil an “other-Worldliness” to our mundane existence.

    Thank you, dear Fr.

  3. Felipe says:

    Thanks for sharing!! Will visit the tomb of Pope Clement XIV?

  4. Julia_Augusta says:

    Carciofi alla giudia, carciofi alla romana, spaghetti alle vongole are some of my favourite dishes.

    Have a lovely time in Rome and don’t forget to post gelato photos, too.

  5. jaykay says:

    Just loved that pic of the P. Navona. Toooo many years since I’ve visited, 23, in fact. Eheu mi. Great memories of visiting the Forum, and latching onto a professor who was giving a lecture outside the Senate to his group, all modo Latino. I was struggling to understand it all, I must admit. Ma, che era bello. Your pics, Fr. Z,…
    vestments, food, Rome… what’s not to like.

  6. yatzer says:

    Oh my, spaghetti alle vongole!!! I’ve tried to find the exact same thing in the States, but those little clams don’t seem to exist here. I have found some that come close though. Still….

  7. jarocookies says:

    When I was last in Italy, 11 years ago, I went to Sant’Agostino because I’d heard that St. Monica’s bones were there. I was a Protestant at the time, a million miles away from even pondering the idea of becoming Catholic. But I had read St. Augustine’s “Confessions” a few years before and loved St. Monica for her piety and persistence in prayer. As I walked into that cool, dark church, I was there on a mission besides tourism: I went there specifically to pray for my then-boyfriend to become a Christian. If you had pressed me to explain why I should find any special reason to pray in a building with St. Monica’s relics, I couldn’t have given one. It went against all of my Reformed (Presbyterian) beliefs. Yet there I was, kneeling and even sheepishly and timidly asking St. Monica to be my role model in faithfully praying for the conversion of this fellow I cared for so much. John Calvin and John Knox would have boxed my ears for it, no doubt.
    Fast-forward to the present: as far as I know, that former boyfriend is no closer to being a Christian than he ever was, so that prayer has not yet been granted. But now I’m Catholic, which is possibly a greater surprise and miracle! Maybe St. Monica had that on her agenda first…

  8. wanda says:

    So beautiful. The churches and those beautiful vestments. Thank you Fr. Z.

    Jarocookies that is super news, welcome home. And thanks for encouraging me to keep after St. Monica.

  9. robtbrown says:


    Mitch Pacwa Expelled From Society Of Jesus After Being Caught With Catechism

  10. Semper Gumby says:

    Great photos Fr. Z.

    robtbrown: How dare he! What would they have done if they found Fr. Pacwa’s bible?

  11. As a member of the Diocese of Madison, WI, the coat of arms for my beloved Extremely Extraordinary Ordinary gives me pride of place! Now, to figure out where I can budget to drop off that 10G in Rome. ? If I could do it, you would already be flying that eye candy to Mad City. ooRah

  12. Sofia: Yes, it is amazing. In person it is stunning.

    And, it is actually only E.9500, with with the rounding up, etc….

  13. Supertradmum says:

    Lovely and the embroidered vestments are splendid…Raise a glass of wine for me. I am off wine in my new regime of eating.

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