Happy Feast of St. Benedict!
The tomb of St. Benedict at Monte Cassino
St. Benedict on the left, St. Scholastica, his sister, on the right
Scenes from Monte Cassino
The cell of St. Benedict in Rome
Today is the Feast of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians. She is one of the seven women mentioned in the Canon of the Mass. Her relics are contained here in the basilica named for her in Trastevere (Rome). The place of her martyrdom is also in the basilica, on the right side near the back of the basilica.
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.
The tomb of Pope St. Gregory the Great in St. Peter’s basilica (Rome).
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.
The interior of the church
The altar of the Blessed Sacrament
An inscription in honor of St. Andrew the Apostle
An inscription in honor of Pope St. Gregory I
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.
“St. Gregory freed the soul of his monk by thirty Masses.”
A close-up of the inscriptions on the altar
The inscription over the cell where St. Gregory used to repose “by night and by day.”
The throne of Pope St. Gregory the Great. Notice the grate on the wall to the right.
To the right of the throne of Pope St. Gregory is this grate, which protects hundred of relics.
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.
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.
Today is the Feast of St. Bridget. Here are some photos from the Brigittine convent in Rome.