Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Rome, continued

Here are a few more shots from my recent trip to Rome.  On one particularly ambitious day, we started out at St. Peter in Chains (San Pietro in Vincoli) where we saw the chains that held St. Peter in prison.  Michelangelo's Moses is also in this church.

                                                                St. Peter's Chains

Then, we continued on to the Coliseum and next, my traveling companions went to the Mamertine Prison where St. Peter and St. Paul were held, and where they continued to evangelize fellow prisoners.  I, however, wanted to stop at the Basilica of Ss. Cosmas and Damian to pray for various intentions, but especially for Rosa who has a devotion to St. Damian.

Here's the basilica  of Ss. Cosmas and Damian (as you can see, it's in need of some upkeep):

Then, while I was waiting for the others at the Mamertine Prison, I noticed that the church above the prison was open.  It seems like they were doing a tour guide training and I was fortunate enough to be able to peek inside.  It is the church of St. Joseph the Carpenter:

I was happy to come across a church dedicated to St. Joseph, who does not feature prominently in Roman churches, as far as I could see, and to ask for the saint's intercession for my father, brothers, and other male friends and family who go to work each day, put food on the table, and care for their household.

Then we were off to the Pantheon:

At this point, I was dragging a bit and, unfortunately, Roman churches do not necessarily have pews.  For that matter, there aren't too many benches along the streets in Rome, either. 

After  the Pantheon, it was over to S. Maria sopra Minerva.  What a gem!  I had been looking forward to praying at the tomb of St. Catherine of Siena, but had no idea that the church would be so beautiful:

St. Catherine's tomb under the main altar:
A beautiful statue of Our Lady:
Believe it or not, we continued on to another church, the Church of St. Augustine, where we spent some time in prayer at the tomb of his mother, St. Monica (sorry about the dark picture):

Then it was time to crash!  We had a nice dinner ( I believe at la Sagrestia?) and probably had Carbonara which was a staple on this trip.  And I also got to use my new favorite Italian phrase "vino di casa bianco."

While I don't recommend cramming this many sites into one day,  I wouldn't be able to decide which one to leave out, either.

Then it was back to the Domus Sancta Marthae to drift off to sleep to the chiming of the bells of St. Peter's!

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Men of The Catholic Jedi Academy are also Men Of Saint Joseph!

Men of The Catholic Jedi Academy are also Men Of Saint Joseph!
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