Monthly Archives: September 2014

Our Lady of Sorrows

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.  Yesterday was the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross.  Here are some photos I took on Calvary.  You can read about devotion to Our Lady’s sorrows here.  Scroll down and you will find links to sermons of St. Lawrence of Brindisi and St. Bernardine of Siena on Our Lady’s sorrows.

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“His Mother was standing by the cross.”

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This is the altar of Our Lady of Sorrows next to the place of the crucifixion.

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A close-up of the image of Our Lady of Sorrows on Calvary.

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This altar to the right of the altar of Our Lady of Sorrows is where Jesus was nailed to the cross.

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The altar over the place of the crucifixion.

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The place of the crucifixion.

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Feast of the Birth of Mary

Today the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated.  Here are some photos from Jerusalem.  Enjoy!

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The entrance to the birthplace of the Blessed Virgin.

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The place of her holy birth.

Very near the place of her birth is the Proabtica pool.  “Now there is at Jerusalem a pond, called Probatica, which in Hebrew is named Bethsaida, having five porches” (Jn. 5:2).

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The Church of St. Anne is also nearby.  You have to pass it to get to the Probatica pond.  The acoustics in this church are amazing!

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Pope St. Gregory the Great

Today is the Feast of Pope St. Gregory the Great, who was pope from 590-604.  He made several changes in the Roman Canon of the Mass: (1) he added the names of seven female saints (Sts. Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, and Anastasia), having noted that none had been included; and, (2) he added the phrase: diesque nostros in tua pace disponas (order our days in Your peace), because of the invading barbarians.

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The tomb of Pope St. Gregory the Great in St. Peter’s basilica (Rome).

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The church of San Gregorio on Rome’s Caelian Hill.  It was from this church that Pope St. Gregory sent St. Augustine of Canterbury to evangelize England.

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The interior of the church

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The altar of the Blessed Sacrament

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An inscription in honor of St. Andrew the Apostle

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An inscription in honor of Pope St. Gregory I

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Gregorian Masses are named after Pope St. Gregory.  To the dismay of the monks in the monastery, money was found on a monk who had died.  St. Gregory offered Mass for the repose of his soul for 30 consecutive days, and on the last day saw the soul of the monk ascending to heaven.  This is reputedly the altar which St. Gregory used.

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“St. Gregory freed the soul of his monk by thirty Masses.”

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A close-up of the inscriptions on the altar

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The inscription over the cell where St. Gregory used to repose “by night and by day.”

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The throne of Pope St. Gregory the Great.  Notice the grate on the wall to the right.

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To the right of the throne of Pope St. Gregory is this grate, which protects hundred of relics.

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The church of San Gregorio (in the middle of the photo) seen from the Circus Maximus.  Some ruins on the Palatine Hill are to the left, and you can see the bell tower of San Francesca Romana in the Roman Forum.

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