ROME 6/22 – DAY 4: Guess the cheese

Today in Rome the sun rose at 5:33 and it will set at 20:44.  Even though in the now pathetic Roman Curia the Ave Maria bell will not chime as it ought at 21:00, it will chime in Rome!   I am informed that the Ave Maria is sounded at the correct time at – where else – Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini, Rome’s traditional parish.

The Ave Maria is struck, not peeled, in the pattern 3-4-5-1.

It is Pentecost Sunday today.  Today we have the lovely Sequence Veni Sancte Spiritus and the image of the sacrum septinarium.

At the Pantheon, there ought to be fireman on the roof who will drop rose petals down through the oculus.  I photo from years ago from my apartment window.



And now some odds and ends.

This is St. Raymond Nonnatus in the Church of Sant’Eustachio.

This also is St. Raymond Nonnatus in Sant’Eustachio.

St. Raymond has his name, “non-natus”, because he wasn’t born, but rather removed by caesarian-section when his mother had died.  He was Spanish, a Mercedarian and a close associate of St. Peter Nolasco. There is confusion about his having been a cardinal, as you see depicted in the first image. It was thought that Pope Gregory IX in 1239 made him Cardinal Deacon of Sant’Eustachio but he died going to Rome. However, scholars dispute this claiming that it was really an Englishman, Robert Somercote, who was Cardinal Deacon of S. Eustachio from 1238–1241 and they say St. Raymond was never a cardinal. I hope Robert Somercote was a saint. Raymond was canonized by Pope Alexander VII in 1657 and his feast in the Vetus Ordo is celebrated on August 31.

Can you guess the cheese?

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  1. Fallibilissimo says:

    Thank you Father, very interesting and beautiful, as always! Now as for that cheese, is it a Taleggio cremoso?
    Whatever it is, that bread and cheese look insanely delicious.

  2. donato2 says:


  3. Barnacle says:

    No, that’s not Taleggio,… is it? I think it’s not white enough for Taleggio. I don’t know what it is though…

  4. ex seaxe says:

    Robert Somercote(s) may have become Cardinal Priest of S. Crisogono (where he is buried) in 1339, which would have freed Sant’Eustachio, if Raymond had arrived. I can’t quite unravel the inscription on his tomb. He seems to have been building a curial career, but died during the conclave of 1341, possibly poisoned to prevent him being elected!

  5. Gregg the Obscure says:

    we had a knock-off of the Pantheon’s flourish today at the Cathedral. no hole in the roof (yet – i wouldn’t be surprised if there’s one after the next set of ‘mostly peaceful protests’!), but some gadget in a light fixture. Dropped during the Gloria and a few seconds thereafter. i was afraid they’d be pureed by foot traffic, but they weren’t.

  6. JonPatrick says:

    We didn’t have rose petals at our local church in Downeast Maine but we did have a wonderful singing of the Veni Sancte Spiritu by a cantor with a beautiful voice, in Latin no less, for our Pentecost NO Mass.

  7. universal doctor says:

    Taleggio- no brainer!

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