Saturday, 11 March 2017

Saturday Of Ember Week In Lent. Lenten Station At The Basilica Of Saint Peter's.



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

Saturday of Ember Week in Lent.
   Station at Saint Peter's.

Indulgence of 10 Years and 10 Quarantines.

Violet Vestments.


Interior of Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome.
Artist: Giovanni Paolo Panini (1692–1765).
Date: 1731.
Current location: Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri, United States.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Station for The Saturday of Ember Week is always at the great Basilica erected by Emperor Constantine and rebuilt by The Popes in the 16th- and 17th-Centuries. It is on The Hill of The Vatican, on the spot where Saint Peter died on The Cross and where his body rests. Besides, the Gospel is about The Transfiguration, of which Saint Peter was the chief witness.

It was in this Basilica that Ordinations took place, preceded, during the night, by Twelve Lessons. We have a trace of these Lessons in those occurring in The Mass for today. The Introit Verse alludes to this Nocturnal Vigil: "I have cried in the day and in the night before Thee."


Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome.
The Apse, showing the Cathedra of Saint Peter,
supported by four Doctors of The Church, and The Glory.
Designed by Bernini.
Photo: April 2010.
Source: Wiki Commons.
Author: Vitold Muratov.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Like The Apostles selected to be present on Mount Thabor at The Manifestation of The Divine Life of Jesus (Gospel), the new Priests will ascend the steps of the Altar to enter into communication with God. It is they, who, in His name, will exhort us to Prayer, to Patience and to Charity.


Interior of Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome.
Photo: April 2007.
Source: Own work.
Author: Nserrano.
(Wikimedia Commons)

If we abstain during Lent from even the appearance of evil, our Souls and our bodies will be preserved unstained for The Day of The Eternal Pasch, when Christ (Epistle) will allow us to participate in The Glory of His Transfiguration for all Eternity.

Let us Pray to God to fortify us with His Blessing, so that, during this Lent, we may never depart from His Holy Will (Prayer Over The People).

Mass: Intret orátio.

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