Monday, March 5, 2012

Monday, Second Week of Lent - San Clemente

San Clemente, one of the oldest churches in Rome, is unique for its structure of two superimposed churches sitting above vast subterranean grounds containing the remains of the house of Clement, and other roman buildings.

Relics of St. Clement
The relics of St. Clement, the third successor of St. Peter, can be found enshrined in this Basilica by Pope Adrian II, around 839. His relics were brought back to Rome by St. Cyril and Methodius, the Apostles to the Slavs. Later the remains of St. Ignatius of Antioch were also reposed here.

On the Feast of St. Clement in November, the sisters decided to travel to this Church after work to pray Vespers before his tomb. To our surprise, we were able to participate in a procession throughout the neighboring streets, with a live band, fireworks, and continuous singing. It was truly a magnificent display which showed the Italian spirit and love for their parish patron. After the procession, Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, OP offered Mass. 

Procession in the streets with fireworks

Entering the Basilica after the Procession

Homily, Archbishop Di Noia. OP

On the Monday of the Second Week in Lent, we gathered at San Clemente, for early morning Mass. The older church with some beautiful surviving frescoes, as well as, some older Roman structures including the Temple to Mithras, can be seen.
Mass offered on Monday, Second Week of Lent

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