The Cloisters. Basilica of Saint Paul-without-the-Walls, Rome. Author: Dnalor 01. Licence (CC-BY-SA 3.0). Wikimedia Commons.

Friday, 22 March 2019

Friday Of The Second Week In Lent. The Lenten Station Is The Basilica Of Saint Vitalis.




Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Friday of The Second Week in Lent.

Station at Saint Vitalis's.

Indulgence of 10 Years and 10 Quarantines.

Violet Vestments.



The High Altar, Santi Vitalis, Rome, Italy.
Photo: November 2006.
Photo taken by BruceJWebber;
Transferred from en.wikipedia; description page is/was here
Author: Bruce J Webber.
Original uploader was BruceJWebber at en.wikipedia
(Wikimedia Commons)


This Station is made in the Basilica, one of the twenty-five Roman Parishes in the 5th-Century A.D., which was dedicated to Saint Vitalis by Pope Innocent I. Saint Vitalis shed his blood at Ravenna, Italy. He was the father of the glorious Milanese Martyrs, Saint Gervasius and Saint Protasius.

The Epistle and Gospel describe to us, the one in figure, the other in Parable, the destiny of the heathen and that of the Jews. The Catechumens saw in Joseph, Christ, denied by His own people, transferring to The Church, formed henceforth by all peoples, the abundance of His Blessings. They, likewise, saw in the Parable of The Rebellious Workers in the Vineyard, the reprobation of the Jews and the election of the Gentiles.

The brothers of Joseph and the Unfaithful Workers of the Vineyard uttered the same death cries: “Come, let us kill him.” But, whilst the first repented and obtained the pardon of their victim, the second persisted in rejecting Christ, the Corner Stone, and were crushed by it (Gospel).

Let us purify ourselves by the salutary Fast of Lent, in order that we may prepare ourselves to Celebrate, in a Holy Way, the coming Easter Festivals (Collect).

Mass: Ego autem.
Preface: Of Lent.


The Basilica of San Vitalis, with a Christmas Crib set up in the middle of the Nave.
This Church is 5th-Century A.D. in origin, but underwent renovations in the 15th-Century.
Photo: January 2006.
Author: Anthony M. from Rome, Italy.
(Wikimedia Commons)


The following Text is taken from http://romanchurches.wikia.com/wiki/San Vitale.

San Vitalis is a Minor Basilica, as well as a Parish and Titular Church, Dedicated to the legendary Martyrs, Saint Vitalis, his wife, Saint Valeria, and his sons, Saint Gervase and Saint Protase. It is located at Via Nazionale 194/B, in the rione Monti, Rome, and amounts to a fragment of an Early-5th-Century A.D. Basilica.

The full name of the Church is Santi Vitale, Valeria, Gervasio e Protasio or, alternatively, Santi Vitale e Compagni Martiri in Fovea, which is its official name.

The Church used to stand on the ancient Roman street known as the Vicus Longus, which ran between the Forum of Augustus and the Baths of Diocletian. It arrived at the latter establishment just where the Church of San Bernardo alle Terme now stands, and ran down the valley between the Quirinal and Viminal hills. There were two Tituli on it, this Church and San Ciriaco, which was near the Baths.

In The Middle Ages, the area became completely de-populated and amounted to a pocket of Countryside, right up to the Late-19th-Century. The Vicus Longus became the Via di San Vitale, which only ran from Via Mazzarino near Sant'Agata dei Goti to Via delle Quattro Fontane and on which the Church was the only building. However, when the Via Nazionale was built, this street was mostly destroyed. A short length survives at the Eastern end, and also towards the West, where it is known as Vicolo dei Serpenti.


English: Entrance to the Basilica of San Vitalis, Rome.
Italiano: Roma, porta d'accesso alla basilica di San Vitale.
Photo: June 2011.
Source: Own work.
Author: Gregorovius
(Wikimedia Commons)


It seems that a small Church was built on the site at the end of the 4th-Century A.D., perhaps for Milanese expatriates (the City was the Western Capital of The Roman Empire at the time). As a result of a benefaction by a lady called Vestina, who gave her name to the Titulus, it was rebuilt about 400 A.D., as a Basilica with Nave and Aisles. This was Consecrated by Pope Innocent I in 402 A.D. The Dedication to Saint Vitalis was first recorded in 499 A.D., when it was referred to as Titulus Sancti Vitalis.


Pope Saint Innocent I (401 A.D. - 417 A.D.)
Consecrated the Basilica of San Vitalis in 402 A.D.
Date: 5th-Century A.D.
Source: http://cckswong.tripod.com/pope1_50.htm ("Pope's Photo Gallery")
Author: Unknown.
(Wikimedia Commons)


The Church has been restored several times. The first restoration, on record, was that of Pope Leo III, about 800 A.D., during which he donated many precious items to the Basilica.

The most comprehensive rebuilding was that of Pope Sixtus IV, before the 1475 Jubilee. The Aisles of the Nave were demolished and the Arcades walled up, to create the rather elongated Single-Nave Church which exists now. The Apse was left untouched, but the ancient Narthex was also enclosed and converted into a Vestibule. After this, the Church was then granted to The Theatines after they were founded in 1525. However, it was then transferred to The Jesuits, in 1598, by Pope Clement VIII. They carried out a complete restoration, and used it mainly as a subsidiary Church for their Novitiate, based at Sant'Andrea al Quirinale. It is clear that the Church lacked a Pastoral Function at the time.


English: The Basilica of Saint Vitalis, Rome.
Italiano: Roma, interno della basilica d San Vitale.
Photo: 23 May 2016.
Source: Own work.
Author: Gaux
(Wikimedia Commons)


It was restored again in 1859 and has been served by Diocesan Clergy since 1873. After the construction of the Via Nazionale, the previous, very quiet, area became rapidly and completely built-up and, as a result, the Church was made Parochial by Pope Leo XIII in 1884.

The new road was actually the result of a proposal by Pope Pius IX, in response to the obvious need for proper access to the City Centre from the Train Station, but the Italian Government, after 1870, mutated this into a typical straight-and-level 19th-Century Civic Boulevard. As a result, the Church, in its valley, was left well below the new road level, and is now accessed by a rather alarming flight of steps.

The Church was renovated in 1937-1938, the Narthex being restored to its original condition, and was again renovated in 1960.


English: Basilica of Saints Vitalis, Valeris, Gervase and Protase.
Italiano: Basilica di Santi Vitale e Compagni Martiri in Fovea.
Latin: Basilica Ss. Vitale, Valeria, Gervasio e Protasio.
Photo: September 2009.
Source: Own work.
Author: Gobbler
(Wikimedia Commons)


The first Cardinal Priest of the Church was Gennaro Cardinal Celio, appointed in 494 A.D., by Pope Saint Gelasius I. Saint John Cardinal Fisher, who was Martyred by King Henry VIII of England during The Reformation, was the Titular of Saint Vitale in 1535 A.D. The current Titular is His Eminence, Adam Joseph Cardinal Maida, Archbishop Emeritus of Detroit in the USA.

The Portico, or Narthex, is the most ancient part of the Church, possibly dating back to the 5th-Century A.D. It was altered at the end of the 16th-Century, but restored to its presumed original condition in 1938. The Inscription over the entrance, with the Coat-of-Arms of Pope Sixtus IV, was, however, preserved.

The façade is very simple. The Narthex is of brick, and has solid walls at the sides and corners. In front, there are five Arches with Voussoirs of tiles on edge, and these are separated by four Marble Columns. These have debased Composite Capitals, carved in Travertine when the Narthex was built, and above these are Imposts.


Armorial Bearings of His Eminence, Cardinal Maida, Titular of Saint Vitale.
Date: January 2013.
Source: Own work.
Author: SajoR
(Wikimedia Commons)


The two outer Arches have Imposts only where they meet the walls, which looks odd. The roof of the Narthex is pitched and tiled, and slopes up to the absolutely plain Nave frontage, which contains a rectangular window, the sill of which is in line with the upper roof line of the Narthex. This window was apparently once an oculus.

The finely-carved wooden entrance doors have two relief panels depicting the Martyrdoms of Saints Cosmas and Damian, one on each door.

The Church has a single Nave, with no Arcades, but with two Pilasters, without Capitals, near the Triumphal Arch. There are two Side-Altars either side of the Nave, which are not recessed into Chapels, but are enclosed in Aedicules, formed of a pair of Marble Corinthian Columns, supporting an Entablature and Triangular Pediment. The modern Ceiling is flat and of varnished wood, and was inserted in 1938.


Saint John Cardinal Fisher, who was Martyred by King Henry VIII of England
during The Reformation, was the Titular of Saint Vitalis in 1535 A.D.
Date: 1497 - 1543.
(Original uploader was Mwanner at en.wikipedia)
(Wikimedia Commons)


The Apse has been preserved from the original building. The painting it contains depicts The Ascent to Calvary, and was executed by Andrea Commodi. To the Left, Saint Vitalis is depicted being Racked, and, to the Right, he is being Buried Alive. These frescoes are by Agostino Ciampelli.

The High Altar is decorated with The Arms of The Della Rovere Family, and a painting of The Saints to whom the Church is Dedicated.


Coat-of-Arms.

The House of Della Rovere. Royal Family. Rulers of Urbino, Italy.

Motto.

"Fortune Favours The Bold" (Latin: Audaces juvat).

English: The High Altar of the Basilica of Saint Vitalis
is decorated with The Arms of The Della Rovere Family.
Français: la famille Della Rovere souverains d'Urbin en Italie
Italiano: famiglia Della Rovere, signori di Urbino, Italia

Blazon:

English: Azure, a durmast oak Or with the branches put in saltire.
Français: d'azur au rouvre d'or aux rameaux passés en sautoir.
Italiano: d'azzurro, al rovere d'oro con i rami passati in decusse.
Date: 18 March 2007.
Image created for The Blazon Project of the French Wikipedia.
Source: Own work.
Author: ℍenry
(Wikimedia Commons)


The House of Della Rovere (literally "Of The Oak Tree") was a noble family of Italy. Coming from modest beginnings in Savona, Liguria, the family rose to prominence through nepotism and ambitious marriages arranged by two Della Rovere Popes, Francesco Della Rovere (Pope Sixtus IV )
(1471–1484) and his nephew, Giuliano (Pope Julius II) (1503–1513). Pope Sixtus IV built The Sistine Chapel, which is named after him. The Basilica San Pietro-in-Vincoli, in Rome, is The Family Church of The Della Rovere.

Guidobaldo da Montefeltro adopted Francesco Maria I Della Rovere, his sister's child and nephew of Pope Julius II.

Guidobaldo I, who was heirless, called Francesco Maria to his Court, and named him as heir of
The Duchy of Urbino, in 1504, this through the intercession of Pope Julius II. In 1508, Francesco Maria inherited the Duchy, thereby starting The Line of Rovere Dukes of Urbino. That dynasty
ended in 1626, when Pope Urban VIII incorporated Urbino into The Papal Dominions.

As compensation to the last Sovereign Duke, the Title only could be continued by Francesco Maria II, and, after his death, by his heir, Federico Ubaldo.


Vittoria, last descendant of The Della Rovere family (she was the only child of Federico Ubaldo), married Ferdinando II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. They had two children: Cosimo III, Tuscany's longest reigning Monarch, and Francesco Maria de' Medici, a Prince of The Church.

The walls of the Basilica are painted with scenes of Martyrdoms, painted in the 17th-Century, which, when you first see them, appear to be merely bucolic landscapes with views and trees. The scenes are separated by trompe-l'oeil Columns painted on the flat wall. There are Inscriptions on each scene, explaining whose Martyrdom is depicted. An amusing anachronism can be seen in the Martyrdom of Saint Ignatius of Antioch - he faces the lions in a meadow, with The Colosseum in ruins in the background. This cycle of frescoes is by Tarquinio Ligustri and Andrea Comodo.

The Feast of Saint Agnes is Celebrated on 21 January, with a Triduum starting on 19 January. Saint Vitalis and Companions are Celebrated on 28 April. Saint Giuseppe Cottolengo is Celebrated on 30 April - the new Calendar places his Feast on 29 April but, since that would mean Celebrating two major Feasts in a row, the old date is used.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Solemn High Mass. The Feast Of The Annunciation. On Monday, 25 March 2019. 5 p.m. At The Church Of Saint Michael The Archangel, Leawood, Kansas.



Text and Illustration: NEW LITURGICAL MOVEMENT


Saint Michael The Archangel Church, Leawood, Kansas.

By GREGORY DIPIPPO.

The Church of Saint Michael The Archangel, Leawood, Kansas, United States of America, will hold a Solemn High Mass, next Monday, 25 March 2019, on The Feast of The Annunciation, starting at 5 p.m., offered for the protection of pregnant mothers and their babies.

The Mass Setting will be William Byrd’s "Mass for Four Voices".


William Byrd's "Mass For Four Voices".
Available on YouTube at


The Church is located at 14251 Nall Avenue, Leawood, Kansas 66223.
Telephone: 913-402-3900.

The Church's Web-Site can be found, HERE.

Thursday Of The Second Week In Lent. Lenten Station At Basilica Santa Maria-In-Trastevere (Saint Mary's-Beyond-The-Tiber).




Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Thursday of The Second Week in Lent.

Station at Saint Mary's-Beyond-The-Tiber.

Indulgence of 10 Years and 10 Quarantines.

Violet Vestments.



Basilica of Santa Maria-in-Trastevere, Rome.
Photo: July 2008.
Source: Own work.
Author: Jensens
(Wikimedia Commons)


Today's Station takes place in a Basilica erected shortly after The Peace of Constantine, by Pope Saint Julius I, and which is one of the first Churches in Rome Dedicated to The Mother of God. Mary is represented seated among The Wise Virgins, who hold their lamps. This is an allusion to the spring of oil, which gushed out at this spot shortly before The Birth of Him Whom she had the happiness of carrying in her arms, and Who is called Christ, or, The Anointed of The Lord. This was one of the twenty-five Parishes of 5th-Century A.D. Rome.

Jeremias speaks to us in the Epistle of two men, one of whom put his trust in himself and the other in God. The first dries up like the heather in the desert, and the second bears the abundant fruits of his good works.

In like manner, says the Parable in the Gospel, there were two men, one of whom enjoyed life instead of doing Penance and the other suffered. The first went to Hell, whilst the second was carried by The Angels into Abraham's bosom.

This is a symbol of Israel, who rejected Christ and was cast out, whilst the Gentiles, through Baptism and Penance, enter into The Kingdom of God.

Let us implore The Lord to grant us, by His Grace, perseverance in Prayer and Fasting, in order that we may be delivered from the enemies both of Soul and body (Collect).

Mass: Deus, in adjutórium.
Preface: Of Lent.



The Apse, Basilica of Santa Maria-in-Trastevere, Rome, Italy.
Photo: April 2007.
Source: Own work.
Author: Goldmund100
(Wikimedia Commons)


The following Text is from Wikipedia.

The Basilica of Our Lady-in-Trastevere (Italian: Basilica di Santa Maria-in-Trastevere) is a Titular Minor Basilica, one of the oldest Churches of Rome, perhaps the first in which Mass was openly Celebrated. The basic Floor Plan and wall structure of the Church date back to 340 A.D. The first Sanctuary was built between 221 A.D. and 227 A.D. by Pope Calixtus I and Pope Julius I.

The Inscription on The Episcopal Throne states that it is the first Church Dedicated to Mary, Mother of Jesus, although some claim that privilege belongs to The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. In its Founding, it is certainly one of the oldest Churches in the City.

A Christian House-Church was founded here, about 220 A.D., by Pope Saint Callixtus I (217 A.D. - 222 A.D.) on the site of the Taberna Meritoria, an asylum for retired soldiers. The area was given over to Christian use by Emperor Alexander Severus, when he settled a dispute between the Christians and tavern-keepers, saying, according to The Liber Pontificalis: "I prefer that it should belong to those who honour God, whatever be their form of worship."

In 340 A.D., Pope Julius I (337 A.D. - 352 A.D.) rebuilt the Titulus Callixti on a larger scale, and it became the Titulus Iulii, commemorating his Patronage. It was one of the original twenty-five Parishes in Rome.


The Altemps Chapel, Basilica of Santa Maria-in-Trastevere, Rome, Italy.
Photo: October 2005.
Picture taken by User:Torvindus
(Wikimedia Commons)


It underwent two Restorations in the 5th- and 8th-Centuries A.D.. In 1140-1143, the Church was re-erected on its old Foundations, under Pope Innocent II. He razed the Church to the ground, along with the recently-completed tomb of his former rival, Pope Anacletus II, and arranged for his own burial on the spot formerly occupied by that tomb.

The richly-carved Ionic Capitals, re-used along its Nave, were taken either from the ruins of The Baths of Caracalla or the nearby Temple of Isis on The Janiculum. When scholarship during the 19th-Century identified the faces in their carved decoration as Isis, Serapis and Harpocrates, a Restoration under Pope Pius IX, in 1870, hammered off the offending depictions.

The predecessor of the present Church was probably built in the Early-4th-Century A.D., although that Church was the successor to one of the Tituli, those Early-Christian Basilicas that were ascribed to a Patron and perhaps literally inscribed with his name. The mortal remains of Pope Callixtus I (+222 A.D.) are preserved under The High Altar.



Pope Pius IV promulgating The Bull "Benedictus Deus".
Artist: Pasquale Cati. Fresco (1588).
The Altemps Chapel, Santa Maria-in-Trastevere, Rome, Italy.
Photo: June 2004.
Source: Own work.
Author: Torvindus
(Wikimedia Commons


Inside the Church, are a number of Late-13th-Century mosaics by Pietro Cavallini, on the subject of The Life of The Virgin (1291), centreing on a "Coronation of The Virgin" in the Apse. Domenichino's Octagonal Ceiling Painting, "Assumption of The Virgin" (1617) fits in the Coffered Ceiling that he designed.

The fifth Chapel, to the Left, is the Avila Chapel, designed by Antonio Gherardi. This, and his Chapel of Santa Cecilia in San Carlo ai Catinari, are two of the most architecturally-inventive Chapels of the Late-17th-Century in Rome. The Lower Order of the Chapel is fairly dark and employs Borromini-like forms. In the Dome, there is an opening, or oculus, from which four Putti emerge to carry a Central Tempietto, all of which frames a light-filled Chamber above, illuminated by windows not visible from below.


The Avila Chapel (designed by Antonio Gherardi), Basilica di Santa Maria-in-Trastevere, Rome.
Photo: October 2005.
Picture taken by Torvindus
(Wikimedia Commons)


The Church keeps a Relic of Saint Apollonia (her head, as well as a portion of The Holy Sponge). Among those buried in the Church are the Relics of Pope Callixtus I, Pope Innocent II, Anti-Pope Anacletus II, Cardinal Philippe d'Alençon and Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio.

The Romanesque Campanile is from the 12th-Century. Near the top, a Niche protects a mosaic of The Madonna and Child.

The mosaics on the façade are probably from the 12th-Century. They depict The Madonna enthroned and suckling The Child, flanked by ten women holding lamps. This image on the façade, showing Mary nursing Jesus, is an early example of a popular Late-Mediaeval and Renaissance type of image of The Virgin. The motif itself originated much earlier, with significant 7th-Century A.D. Coptic examples at Wadi Natrun, in Egypt.

The façade of the Church was restored by Carlo Fontana, in 1702, who replaced the ancient Porch with a sloping tiled Roof. The Octagonal Fountain, in the Piazza in front of the Church (Piazza di Santa Maria-in-Trastevere), which already appears in a map of 1472, was also restored by Carlo Fontana.


English: The Ceiling of The Basilica of Our Lady's-in-Trastevere, Rome.
Italiano: Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere, Roma (soffitto, un particolare).
Polski: Bazylika Najświętszej Maryi Panny na Zatybrzu w Rzymie (fragment kasetonowego sufitu).
Photo: September 2010.
Source: Own work.
Author: Fczarnowski
(Wikimedia Commons)


Ancient sources maintain that the Titulus Santa Mariae was established by Pope Alexander I around 112 A.D. Later Traditions give the names of the early Patrons of the Tituli and have retrospectively assigned them the Title of Cardinal: thus, at that time, the Cardinal-Patron of this Basilica, these Traditions assert, would have been Saint Calepodius. Pope Calixtus I confirmed the Titulus in 221 A.D. To honour him, it was changed into Ss. Callisti et Iuliani; it was re-named S. Mariae Trans Tiberim (Saint Mary's-Beyond-The-Tiber) by Pope Innocent II.

By the 12th-Century, Cardinal Deacons, as well as the Presbyters, had long been dispensed from personal service at the Tituli. Among the past Cardinal Priests holding the honorary Titulus of Santa Maria-in-Trastevere, have been the Cardinal Duke of York (whose Coat-of-Arms, topped by a Crown, rather than a Galero (Red Hat), is visible over the Screen to the Right of The Altar), James Gibbons and Pope Leo XII. Józef Glemp was the most recent Cardinal Priest of the Titulus S. Mariae Trans Tiberim, until his death in January 2013.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

"Somewhere In The Night".



"Somewhere In The Night".
Barry Manilow.
Available on YouTube at

Wednesday Of The Second Week In Lent. Lenten Station At The Basilica Of Santa Cecilia-In-Trastevere.




Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.

Wednesday of The Second Week in Lent.

Station at Saint Cecilia's.

Indulgence of 10 Years and 10 Quarantines.

Violet Vestments.



Santa Cecilia-in-Trastevere, Rome.
Photo: 2007-05-19 (original upload date).
Source: Originally from en.wikipedia; description page is/was here
Author: Original uploader was Dreamword at en.wikipedia
(Wikimedia Commons)



The Martyrdom of Saint Cecilia, by Stefano Maderno (1575 - 1636),
Church of Saint Cecilia, Rome. One of the most famous examples of Baroque sculpture.
Photo: January 2005.
Source: Flickr
Reviewer: Andre Engels
(Wikimedia Commons)


The Lenten Station is at the Sanctuary where the body of the illustrious Roman Virgin, Saint Cecilia, rests. It was there she lived and died a Martyr. In the 5th-Century A.D., this Church was mentioned as one of the most celebrated Parochial or Titular Churches of Rome. It is situated in Trastevere. It was customary to read, in this Church, the Gospel in which Jesus tells a woman it is necessary to drink His Chalice, if one is to participate in His Glory.

We read, at the Epistle, The Prayer of Mardochai, in favour of the Jewish people, whom the impious Aman had determined to destroy. He implored The Lord to turn their sadness into joy. The Christian people, in the same way, are mourning in their Lenten Penance and are looking forward to The Holy Paschal Joys. But, to deserve them, as the Gospel tells us, we must first drink The Chalice of The One Who came to shed His Blood to Redeem us, and Who will make us sharers in His Resurrection, if we die to our sins.

Let us abstain from the food which sustains our bodies, and from the vices which poison our Souls (Collect).

Mass: Ne derelínquas me.


Basilica di Santa Cecilia-in-Trastevere.
Photo: January 2006.
Source: Own work.
Author: MarkusMark
(Wikimedia Commons)



The Ciborium, Church of Santa Cecilia-in-Trastevere, Rome, Italy. Attributed to Arnolfo di Cambio.
Photo: June 2012.
Source: Own work.
Author: Ktulu
(Wikimedia Commons)



The Crypt Chapel of Santa Cecilia.
Photo: December 2006.
Source: Porkister
Author: Claudiu Georgescu.
(Wikimedia Commons)


The following Text is from Wikipedia.

The first Church on this site was founded probably in the 3rd-Century A.D., by Pope Urban I; it was devoted to the Roman Martyr, Cecilia, Martyred, it is said, under Marcus Aurelius Severus Alexander.

By the Late-5th-Century A.D., at The Synod of 499 A.D. of Pope Symmachus, the Church is indicated with the Titulus Ceciliae. Tradition holds that the Church was built over the house of the Saint.

The Baptistry associated with this Church, together with the remains of a Roman house of The Early Empire, was found during excavations under the Chapel of The Relics. On 22 November, 545 A.D., Pope Vigilius was Celebrating the Saint in the Church, when the Emissary of Empress Theodora, Antemi Scribone, captured him.

Pope Paschal I rebuilt the Church in 822 A.D., and moved here the Relics of Saint Cecilia from the Catacombs of Saint Calixtus. More Restorations followed in the 18th-Century.


The Crypt of Santa Cecilia-in-Trastevere.
Photo: 2005-06-01.
Photographer: tieseb
Original Source: Flickr.com
Original Photo: [1]
(Wikimedia Commons)


With the death of Carlo Maria Martini, in 2012, there is currently no Cardinal Priest assigned to the Titulus S. Caeciliae. Among the previous Titulars are Pope Stephen III, Adam Easton, Thomas Wolsey and Giuseppe Maria Doria Pamphili.

Among the artefacts remaining, from the 13th-Century, are a mural painting, depicting The Final Judgement (1289-1293), by Pietro Cavallini, in The Choir of The Monks, and the Ciborium (1293) in the Presbytery, by Arnolfo di Cambio. The Gothic Ciborium is surrounded by four Marble Columns, White and Black, decorated with statuettes of Angels, Saints, Prophets, and Evangelists. The Apse has remains of 9th-Century A.D. mosaics, depicting The Redeemer with Saints Paul, Cecilia, Pope Paschal I, Peter, Valerian, and Agatha.


English: Santa Cecilia-in-Trastevere. Looking towards the Organ Loft.
Italiano: Roma, Santa Cecilia-in-Trastevere:
Interno verso l'ingresso e coretti delle monache in luogo dell'organo.
Photo: December 2006.
User: Lalupa
(Wikimedia Commons)


Among the most remarkable works, is the graphic Altar sculpture of Saint Cecilia (1600) by the Late-Renaissance sculptor, Stefano Maderno. The pavement in front of the statue encloses a marble slab, with Maderno's sworn statement that he has recorded the body as he saw it when the tomb was opened in 1599.

The statue depicts the three axe strokes described in the 5th-Century A.D. account of her Martyrdom. It also is meant to underscore the incorruptibility of her body (an attribute of some Saints), which miraculously still had congealed blood, after Centuries.

The Crypt is also noteworthy, decorated in the Cosmatesque Style, containing the Relics of Saint Cecilia and her husband, Saint Valerian.
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