Rome Day 8-9: Cheese, Anniversary, and Black Vestments

Some shots from my anniversary day in Rome and today.

First things first.

CHEESE! I hadn’t bought cheese from this guy before, but I tried some and it was simply marvelous.

And, of course, Holy Mass in the morning.   I was able to celebrate at the altar honoring St. Philip Neri.


In the afternoon we visited Chiesa Nuova and the rooms of the Saint.  Here is the Reni original.

A death mask.

The saint.

Beautiful Chiesa Nuova.  But what’s wrong with this picture?

Nothing is wrong with this picture!   And it was great carbonara.


And just for fun!

Today, Monday, I was at Gammarelli to get the BLACK Pontifical set underway.   I tried combinations.  I also brought friends to give additional opinions.

The violet fabric is what I chose, but it will be black with silver.   We pulled some black and silver to get the colors in our eyes.

Black and silver with silver column trim… and rose lining.

Red lining.  Hmmm…. talk about Say the Black…

Guess which I picked.

Also, they confirmed that our additional chasubles for the Easter set and Bp Hying’s new chasuble would be ready any time now.

Next door to Gammarelli, you can buy this exquisite glow in the dark statuette.   No, no… not everyone at once.

At lunch, I got a lesson (which I requested) about why the sommelier cup is the way it is.  Quite interesting, as it turns out.

And, in the spirit of interesting round things.

This evening, at Mass I was at the Gregory the Great altar.  Note the freeing of souls from Purgatory.   Remember the whole thing abut Gregorian Masses?


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  1. Kathleen10 says:

    The rose.
    Congratulations on your anniversary! Deo gratias, you’re a terrific priest and we all benefit from you. Your impact is far reaching.

  2. jameeka says:

    Thank you for the photos, Father Z, especially of the sweet “kids” who were singing Ave Maria through Mass yesterday. I sense Our Lady Queen of the Clergy, in collusion with St Philip Neri, is signaling lately she is giving you LOTS of children.

    Your Ordination 28 years ago has had many ripple effects you may not realize now, but please God, will realize in Eternity, for the greater Glory of God!

  3. Traductora says:

    Nothing better than CHEESE! Hope everybody has seen the British claymation series, Wallace and Gromit…Wallace is a cheese addict. It happens.

  4. Ed the Roman says:

    From twitter of recent days and today:
    For all the heartburn we may have with James Martin, S.J., he says he is a say the black do the red guy.
    Mass at Arlington today was said ad orientem in black vestments.

    [?!? Are you saying by this that MARTIN celebrated Mass ad orientem in black vestments?]

  5. therecusant says:

    The street sign is by a street artist named “Clet.” I’ve seen his whimsical street signs in Rome, Florence, London, and New York.

  6. Gab says:

    I do rather like the black/silver/red combo.
    More importantly, which cheeses did you purchase, Father?

    [I got a couple. One, a tomino (goat) and the other goat and sheep. Don’t know the name. Half a round that, whole, would be roughly the diameter of a baseball.]

  7. Clinton R. says:

    Black vestments!! Sure to frighten the faint hearted “Spirit” of Vatican II folks, lol. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful pictures, Father.

  8. fishonthehill says:

    Black and silver is the way to go!
    I have a number of them, with oxblood colored lining

  9. teomatteo says:

    Regarding the Carbonara. I have been making for some time. Easy. The only trick is before you drizzle the egg onto the pasta say an Our Father and a Hail Mary (or the egg will cook on the pasta). My question: what kind of cheese is used? My wife and i fight over it and Fr Z can settle it as per the Romans.

  10. Semper Gumby says:

    Excellent Church Militant photo and caption.

    There is an organization called “Soul Survivor Outdoor” that evangelizes active-duty military. From a recent article at The Stream:

    “Currently, there are approximately 43,000 nonprofits dealing with veteran issues registered with the IRS, but what about the active duty community?…How do we get engaged in that arena of faith before “the wheels come off the bus” so to speak?”

    “A June 2017 article in Christianity Today spoke to the success of the program. “From the article, an Iraqi translator noticed that a member of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne, had a book in his knee pocket all the time,” Wolf stated. “This book was the Bible, and the Iraqi translator that was assigned to the soldier’s unit immediately ‘realized there was something different about him.’ Not long afterward the Iraqi came to Christ by way of the American soldier. How many more stories there are like this one isn’t known, but it’s likely there are many.””

    And from the Register there’s this:

    “Warriors of Prayer: International Military Pilgrimage of Lourdes Honors Mary”

    “In the heart of the Marian month, May 17-19, the 61st International Military Pilgrimage (PMI) of Lourdes, in the south of France, took place. This year, 14,000 faith-filled soldiers and other military personnel from 40 countries on all five continents attended.

    “Every year, hundreds of wounded and ill soldiers take part in the activities and celebrations of the PMI. Through a partnership of the Knights of Columbus and the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, “Warriors to Lourdes” provides the opportunity for hundreds of American wounded, ill and injured soldiers to live the transformative experience of a pilgrimage in the French city where, in 1858, the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous in the cave-grotto at Massabielle.”

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