ROME DAY 24: Talk, walk and balk

Sunrise in Rome – 7:33 and Sunset – 18:15. The Ave Maria is still pinned to 18:30.

I’ve been terrifically busy the last couple of days.   Hence, brief and less posting.

Lots of great people have descended on Rome for the Paix Liturgique conference and Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage.   Today, procession to San Pietro and Pontifical Mass.  Yesterday, the conference at my old school, the Augustinianum.

I gave one of the talks.  As people were filtering in!

After my talk, from the back.

A nice view of the Via Giulia.

The businesses have great signs.  Here’s one that is counter-intuitive to the environment.

At one of the confraternity churches on the way, they haven’t changed their papal stemma since…. who can tell us which Pope this is!

Last night there was a great Mass at the Pantheon, which is dedicated as a Basilica to Mary of the Martyrs.   Hungarians!   Norbertines and a choir from Budapest.  They were really good.

Raphael’s tomb.

This particular crucifix has always moved me.   I’d like to build a church around it.

My good friend Augustine, from Tokyo, of Una Voce Japan.

At Sant’Agostino a “light show was about to begin.  I didn’t stay for the abominable horrow show it was sure to be.

Just for nice.

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  1. un-ionized says:

    Whatever happened to asceticism?

    [Are you going to tell us? What happened to asceticism? Make it good!]

  2. MitisVis says:

    There is something haunting about that crucifix. Instead of looking upon what was done to our majestic Lord it is the reverse; this is the deformation of sin our Lord endured and conquered. It seems appropriate for our time and space as long as we keep our heads up.

  3. Mariana2 says:

    The stemma is Benedict XV’s (della Chiesa).

  4. veritas vincit says:

    I don’t know how Mariana2 could even make out that stemma (coat of arms?). It was really dark in that photo.

    When I visited Rome as a tourist, the tours would go to the Pantheon but I had to listen to the recorded talk to hear it was really St Mary of the Martyrs. Of course the early Christians would re-purpose pagan temples as churches, but we don’t really hear that in what passes for history in the US.

    The opening in the roof must make it an interesting place to have Mass when it rains.

  5. Dear Mariana2,

    I do believe that that stemma is not Benedict XIV. The (Sessite or Durmast) Oak tree (Rovere) is that of the della Rovere family, the last pope of which was Julius II.

    —AT op

  6. UncleBlobb says:

    Thank you, Father Z! Santa Agnese, ora pro nobis.

  7. Mariana2 says:

    Dear Brother Augustine, Father asked about the stemma over the church door. Which clearly ‘speaks’ della Chiesa : ) .

  8. Legisperitus says:

    I agree with Mariana2.

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