Rome – Day 6: Guts and Glory!

Wow, what a couple days. Today we went to the amazing, and super amazing Pizzarium, which has the most amazingest of all amazing pizza. Wow.

This one has tripe.

What’s wrong with this picture in S. Maria della Vittoria?

There’s nothing wrong with this picture.

In St. Mary Major, Salus Populi Romani.

I spent a good deal of time in this chapel, praying for several things.  I have personal petitions, but I also remembered readers “Urgent Prayer Requests” and I remembered benefactors.

Supper tonight.  A friend an I did a “bis”.  Artichokes and mushrooms.


Meanwhile, I said Mass at this altar in Ss. Trinita this evening.  Here are a couple charming details.

In the corner….


A sacrarium drain.

Notice anything interesting here?

Meanwhile in the Basilica of the Twelve Apostles, the tomb of Philip and James (whose feast it will be when I travel).

And.. in the same basilica, the final resting place of CLEMENT XIV GANGANELLI!

There’s more, but that’s it for now.

I had a good time today, visiting churches and meeting with friends and having a couple great meals.  Also, there was some pretty serious prayer involved.  I am rethinking some things.

Anyway… tomorrow, I have to travel early.  Please pray for me.

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  1. Gregg the Obscure says:

    I had to search Pajata. Talk about dining on the festive fatted calf! Sad to say I don’t believe I’m likely to ever be in a position to try it.

    Happy travels!

  2. Julia_Augusta says:

    I’m praying for you, Father Z.

    You are having such a great time in Rome! Any chance you could extend your stay a few days or one more week?

  3. lmgilbert says:

    Ummm, I was delighted to see that you pray for your benefactors. Do impecunious (or pecunious, for that matter) frequent commenters fall under this rubric?

  4. wanda says:

    Prayers for your safe travels, Fr. Z. Thank you for the visual delights.

  5. Maltese says:

    The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa is one of my favorite visions; Bernini did an excellent job depicting it:
    Today, Catholics in many countries make silly puppets to try and inspire in Cathedrals.

  6. Zephyrinus says:

    Good Morning, Fr Z.
    How wonderful. Rome in all its glory. Magnificent Basilicas. Mouth-watering Roman delights. And, Pizza for breakfast.
    And, it hasn’t cost me a penny !!!

  7. That rug in front of the Altar sure resembles the Holy Shroud. Does anyone else see it?

  8. Sonshine135 says:

    The altar appears almost to have eyes peering out from it.
    Also, the what’s wrong picture: My guess is the double altar and chair that is almost in front of the tabernacle. So wrong!!!

  9. Leppert says:

    In the what’s wrong photo I could take a few stabs in the dark;

    Missal on the low altar positioned to be read versus populum?

    Cheap looking pot plants at odds with a beautiful sanctuary?

  10. introibo2016 says:

    Boy, did I miss out on a lot during my first and only trip in the Eternal City. My classmates and I were there for a week before going to Assisi for our canonical retreat. Never made it to many of the places you have mentioned during the past week.

    I did however get to spend some time in the Basilica of the Twelve Apostles. I prayed especially for my father, whose name is Philip.

    I will remember you at my Mass today, Father. May you have a safe return.

  11. PTK_70 says:

    My guess: a potted plant on the altar.

  12. Fr. Kelly says:

    SemperfiCatholic: those marks on the rug are like the shroud, but in a deeply mystical way.

    They are the visible signs of Tradition.

    Those are the marks of the feet of the countless priests who have stood in the place of Christ and offered Him in Sacrifice at that altar.

    The two marks at the center, with the right side one shorter and wider shows where the priest stands for most of the Mass including the Consecration. the difference on the right is the genuflections.

    The fainter marks on the far right are from the Collect, and Postcommunion as well as the Lavabo and ablutions.

    It is through just such marks as these, that we can be made to understand the depth of our Tradition as handed on by Our Lord to Peter and the Apostles.

  13. Titus says:

    They have doled up the tomb of the apostles Phillip and James since I was there.

    Rigatoni a pajata. It’s much better than it sounds. Good luck finding that stateside.

  14. Brendon Ruelas says:

    Is that the Pizzarium near Cipro? Lived right by there for a while, great pizza!!

    [It is indeed and it is indeed!]

  15. Giuseppe says:

    Dear Padre,

    I love the Rome pics. I am gaining weight just looking at the food ones!

    May I pick your brain?

    If Papa Francisco/Francesco called you and said, “Juan/Giovanni, I want to elevate you to cardinal status and have you serve as the archpriest of one of the papal basilicas in Rome. Which do you want?”

    What would you say? (Yes, this is fiction, and I have my own answer to what I would say, but I’d love to hear what you think.)

    Choices –
    St. John Lateran
    St. Maria Maggiore
    St. Paul-outside-the-Walls
    St. Peters (Vatican City)

    I’d be curious what others might choose if they were priests and eligible to be named cardinal and offered such a position. And the reasons why.

    My other question I’d love to pose to the readers is – suppose the Pope made you a cardinal. What church would you take in Rome? Maybe Padre could make some of these as quiz questions.


  16. About the footpace before the altar… notice the wear!

    You can tell where the priestly “traffic” goes.

  17. I asked what is wrong with that altar pic in S.M. della Vittoria.

    To put that ridiculous table in front of that altar is just plain wrong.

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