Monthly Archives: August 2014

Dedication of St. Mary Major

August 5 is the Feast of the Dedication of St. Mary Major, which happens to be my favorite church in Rome.  Here you can read all about this glorious basilica.

The Borghese Chapel, with the image of Our Lady known as the 'Salus Populi Romani" (Salvation of the Roman people), attributed to St. Luke the Evangelist

The Borghese Chapel, with the image of Our Lady known as the ‘Salus Populi Romani” (Salvation of the Roman people), attributed to St. Luke the Evangelist

The dome of the Borghese Chapel

The dome of the Borghese Chapel

One of the basilica's vestments

One of the basilica’s vestments

Pope St. Pius V in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the basilica. The ring on his finger was donated by Napoleon Bonaparte.

Pope St. Pius V in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the basilica. The ring on his finger was donated by Napoleon Bonaparte.

The tomb of Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the basilica

The tomb of Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the basilica

The tomb of Pope Clement IX in the basilica. He had been canon and vicar of the basilica, and died on Dec. 9, 1669, in his 69th year, after a pontificate of 2 years, 5 months, and 19 days.

The tomb of Pope Clement IX in the basilica. He had been canon and vicar of the basilica, and died on Dec. 9, 1669, in his 69th year, after a pontificate of 2 years, 5 months, and 19 days.

Statue of Pope Sixtus V in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel

Statue of Pope Sixtus V in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel

From the statue of Pope Sixtus V, just beyond the Blessed Sacrament altar, you can see the tomb of Pope St. Pius V.

From the statue of Pope Sixtus V, just beyond the Blessed Sacrament altar, you can see the tomb of Pope St. Pius V.

The rear of the basilica

The rear of the basilica

The altar in the confessio which contains relics from the crib of Christ.  The reliquary was donated by Napoleon Bonaparte.

The altar in the confessio which contains relics from the crib of Christ. The reliquary was donated by Napoleon Bonaparte.

A close-up of the reliquary

A close-up of the reliquary

The altar in the confessio seen from behind the statue of Bl. Pope Pius IX

The altar in the confessio seen from behind the statue of Bl. Pope Pius IX

The portico of the basilica

The portico of the basilica

Another image from the portico

Another image from the portico

From the portico

From the portico

Statue of Our Lady on the facade of the basilica

Statue of Our Lady on the facade of the basilica

Statue of St. Charles Borromeo on the facade.  He had been archpriest of the basilica.

Statue of St. Charles Borromeo on the facade. He had been archpriest of the basilica.

The facade of the basilica

The facade of the basilica

Another image of the facade with a complete shot of the bell tower

Another image of the facade with a complete shot of the bell tower

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