Category Archives: Mother of God

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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Colonna dell’Immacolata

“Let us remember and often recall that a single turning to the Immaculate will suffice, either by word or glance or only a thought, so that She will repair all that we have ruined both in ourselves and those around us.  She will guide us at the present moment and take our future and the results of our future work under Her care.  For that reason, let us often have recourse to Her.” (St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe)

This column, near Piazza di Spagna,  commemorates Bl. Pope Pius IX's definition of the Immaculate Conception.

This column, near Piazza di Spagna, commemorates Bl. Pope Pius IX’s definition of the Immaculate Conception.

The building behind the column is the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

The building behind the column is the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Pope Benedict XVI (Emeritus) visits Our Lady's column on Dec. 8.

Pope Benedict XVI (Emeritus) visits Our Lady’s column on Dec. 8.

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Latin inscriptions!

These are some of the magnificent Latin inscriptions on the Roman Patriarchal Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore.

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Santa Maria Maggiore

Santa Maria Maggiore

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St. Maximilian Kolbe (2/14)

“Let us love Mary Immaculate every moment of each day and let us encourage others to love Her even more than we ourselves do.”

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St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe (1/27)

“It is important to Satan to divert souls from their unity with the Immaculate.  So doing, he knows that the individual soul will exclude the mediation of the Immaculate from its life, and so offer the Lord gifts that are filled with imperfections, more worthy of punishment than of reward.  And what is worst of all, these gifts are afflicted by the disease of pridefulness, for they testify that one does not need the Mother of God.”

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St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe (1/18)

“Her will does not differ from the will of God. Calling upon Her will without reserve, you manifest a love for the will of God, for Her will is so perfect that in nothing does it differ from His. Thus you give glory to God that He created so perfect a creature and took Her for His mother.”

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Sant’Alfonso

Sant'Alfonso

The church of Sant’ Alfonso possesses the original miraculous image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. It is on the Via Merulana between Santa Maria Maggiore and St. John Lateran.

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January 12, 2014 · 6:00 PM