Station Churches of Rome

The 1st Week of Lent

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Monday: St. Peter in Chains, where - according to tradition - a chapel was first built as shrine for the chains which bound St. Peter in 109.
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The high altar with baldachino
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In 436, the chains which had bound St. Peter in Jerusalem were brought here, and when place next to the chains from Rome, it is said they miraculously fused together to form the one chain that is preserved here. The inscription above says "He sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod".
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Also here is Michelangelo's famous statue of Moses "with horns", the result of a mistranslation of the passage which says "a light shone about his face".
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Tuesday: Sant'Anastasia, one of the original 25 parishes of Rome, it is still an active parish today. St. Anastasia, daughter of a Roman noble, was burned as a martyr in the early 4th century, and her name is in the Roman Canon of the Mass
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The Church is built on the sight of Anastasia's family mansion, and her relics are under the high altar.
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The tomb of St. Anastasia, who first escaped death by starvation and abandonment at sea through the intercession of St. Theodota, was later burned alive.
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Wednesday: Approaching St. Mary Major. After an apparition of Mary, on August 5, 353, a miracle of a bizarre snowfall which outlined the plan for this Church on the Esquiline Hill.
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The oldest western Church dedicated to Mary, it was erected in the 5th century, and here the city of Rome has always come to invoke Mary's protection.
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St. Matthias, the "13th" apostle who replaced Judas, and St. Jerome are both buried here. A side chapel reproduces the cave in Bethlehem where Jesus was born, with a fine nativity scene.
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This reliquary in the confessio holds 5 pieces of wood said to the from the Holy Manger which held Christ in Bethlehem.
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Thursday: St. Lawrence in Panisperna on the traditional site where St. Lawrence, a deacon of Rome, was martyred in 258.
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The painting depicts St. Lawrence being roasted on a grill, where he is said to have advised his tormentor that it was time to turn him, since he was "done" on that side.
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Ceiling painting of St. Lawrence in glory.
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A crypt chapel with the oven believed to be the one on which St. Lawrence was roasted alive.
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Friday: The Holy 12 Apostles (Santi Apostoli) A 6th century church dedicated to the apostles Philip and James the Less. The facade, with statues of the apostles, is 15th century.
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The Church is now dedicated to all the apostles, and after numerous floods, earthquakes and fires, little of the original remains.
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The confessio under the main altar.
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The tomb of the Apostles Philip and James (Note: This is my 1000th picture taken with this camera!)
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Saturday: St. Peter's Basilica, as the sun rises on the facade.
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The Chair of St. Peter
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The Baldachino of Bernini and the main altar with many relics.
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The tomb of St. Peter in the crypt under the main altar.
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St. Peter's Square (2 pictures pasted together)
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Michelangelo's famous Pieta.
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The length of St. Peter's - it has the distances of many other famous churches in the world on the floor, showing how they would fit inside.
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The tomb of Pope of St. Pius X.

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