Monthly Archives: January 2014
“Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, Sancta Dei Genitrix; nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus nostris; sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper, Virgo gloriosa et benedicta.”
We fly to thy patronage,
O holy Mother of God.
Despise not our petitions
in our necessities,
but deliver us always
from all dangers
O glorious and blessed Virgin.
“The first known Marian invocation goes back to the third century and begins with the words: “We fly to thy patronage (Sub tuum praesidium), O holy Mother of God…”.” (Bl. Pope John Paul II, 11/5/97)
A statue of St. Peter the Apostle sits atop Trajan’s Column. To the left of the column are the churches Santa Maria di Loreto and Santissima Nome di Maria al Foro Traiano (Church of the Most Holy Name of Mary at the Trajan Forum). To the right of the column, you can see some of the ruins of Trajan’s Markets.
“Rest confidently assured that who belongs to Her will not be lost, but will be Hers all the more and so Jesus’ and His Father’s.”
“Please tell the dear brothers that they should never be concerned that they might love the Immaculate too much, for as our Father Guardian expressed himself, we will never love Her as much as Jesus, nor as He did. And, after all, the imitation of Christ is the source of all our holiness.”
The basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, at the top of the staircase, is the home of several relics. Among them are:
a) A figure of the Child Jesus which was carved by a Franciscan friar in the Holy Land in 1480 and, according to legend, was painted partly by angels. The statue is venerated throughout the world. This is a replica, as the original was stolen.
b) The church is also the home of a 6th century image of Our Lady which is venerated under the title of “Salus Populi Romani”, the same title as the image of Our Lady at St. Mary Major.
c) A chapel dedicated to St. Helena (†330) in the left transept contains relics of the saint.
d) Relics of Sts. Zeno (†300), Abundius (†303), and Abundanitus (†303) are claimed by this church. The church also contains the tomb of Fra Juniper, a companion of St. Francis.
This basilica is absolutely gorgeous, and you will enjoy the many side altars. It is also sloped inside.
The staircase leading to the church has 124 steps (122 if you begin from the right), and was completed in 1348.
To the left of the church, you can see the Victor Emmanuel Monument, and to the right of the church, you can see the Cordonata, Michelangelo’s magnificent staircase, leading to the Piazza del Campidoglio. At the top of his staircase, you can see the Palazzo Nuovo, which houses the Capitoline Museums. The façade of the Palazzo Nuovo was designed by Michelangelo, but he didn’t finish it.
I highly recommend visiting this basilica and this part of Rome. It is definitely worth it, and is a very nice mix of the ecclesiastical and the classical.