Rome Pilgrimage

Courtyard leading into Church

Courtyard leading into Church

My blogs for the next week will feature some of the churches I am visiting on a pilgrimage to Rome.

Today we visited two churches in district of Trastevere, the Basilica of Santa Maria and St. Cecilia Church.  In the first century Trastevere was a Jewish area of Rome.   It is believed that Trastevere is were saints Peter and Paul preached in the synagogues of Rome.  Both The Basilica of Santa Maria and St. Cecilia Church were originally house churches.   St. Cecilia was martyred in her home. In honor of her martyrdom a church was built on the site of her home.  The Basilica of Santa Maria is believed to one of the oldest churches in Rome and perhaps the first church in Rome were the mass was openly celebrated.  We celebrated mass at the Basilica.

Altar St. Cecilia Church

Altar St. Cecilia Church

Below the altar is statue made of St. Cecilia’s body.  The mold was made from her body that was exhumed 500 years after her martyrdom.  The canopy above the altar represents the tent where God dwelled with His people prior to the building of the Temple.

Nave St. Cecilia

Nave St. Cecilia

Circular halos are for deceased saints, while square halos are holy people who are still living.

Ceiling St Cecilia

Ceiling St Cecilia

Basilica of Santa Maria

Basilica of Santa Maria

Mosaic above Basilica of Santa Maria

Mosaic above Basilica of Santa Maria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Side Altar Santa Maria

Side Altar Santa Maria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Side altar where we had mass at the Basilica of Santa Maria.

 

 

 

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8 Responses to Rome Pilgrimage

  1. Enjoy your visit. Hope you visit the catacombs as you will see St Cecilia there as well. Love, love, love Rome.

  2. SaintlySages says:

    Touring Roman churches works up an appetite. Good thing there is plenty of calzone nearby 😉 Enjoy your pilgrimage, Michael. God bless!

  3. seeker says:

    Have a blessed Pilgrimage.

  4. Pingback: St Cecilia’s Day, November 22nd: Patron Saint of Musicians, | hungarywolf

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