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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Saint Pudentiana. Virgin. Feast Day 19 May.

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

Saint Pudentiana.
Feast Day 19 May.


White Vestments.

English: Saint Pudentiana.
Detail of a mosaic in the Apse of Santa Pudenziana,
Rome, Italy.
Deutsch: Pudentiana, Mosaik aus Santa Pudenziana.
This File: 25 October 2005.
User: Marcus Cyron.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Nave,
Basilica of Santa Pudenziana,
Rome, Italy.
Photo: 13 May 2009.
Source: Own work.
Author: Welleschik.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Pudentiana, in this part of the Cycle, participates in the Triumph of Christ over the Devil, the Flesh, and the World. The daughters of Pudens, a Roman Senator, she and her sister, Praxedes, Consecrated their Virginity to Jesus.

At the death of her father, she distributed all her riches to the Poor, in agreement with her sister, and she was barely sixteen years old when she died, in the Reign of Emperor Antoninus.

Her remains rest in her house, which she had converted into a Church. Her father had received Saint Peter there and she had placed it at the disposal of Pope Pius I, who Celebrated The Holy Mysteries there during "The Persecution".

This is the "Title-Church" of Pudentiana, where The Station is held on the Tuesday in The Third Week of Lent. ["Title-Churches", bearing as Title the name of their Founder or Foundress, were the usual Meeting Places of Christians in Rome, and became the first "Parish Churches".]

Mass: Dilexísti.

"Saint Praxedes and Saint Pudentiana collecting the Blood of The Martyrs".
Artist: Giovanni Paolo Rossetti (1621).
Painting in the Basilica of Santa Pudenziana,
Rome, Italy.
Photo: 13 April 2010.
Source: Own work.
Author: Georges Jansoone (JoJan).
(Wikimedia Commons)

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