Sunday, 23 April 2017

Low Sunday (Quasimodo Sunday) (Dominica In Albis). Station Is At The Basilica Of San Pancrazio (Saint Pancras). Octave Of Easter.


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

Low Sunday, or, Octave of Easter.
   Station at Saint Pancras's.

Indulgence of 30 Years and 30 Quarantines.

Privileged of The First-Class.

Greater-Double.

White Vestments.



"Bring hither thy hand and put it into My Side, and be not Faithless, but believing".
Artist: Rene de Cramer.
"Copyright Brunelmar/Ghent/Belgium".
Used with Permission.


English: Basilica of Saint Pancras, 
Rome, Italy.
Italiano: Chiesa di San Pancrazio, a Roma, 
nel quartiere Gianicolense.
Photo: June 2009.
Source: Own work.
Author: Croberto68.
(Wikimedia Commons)

This Sunday is called Quasimodo Sunday, from the first words of the Introit, or Dominica in Albis (post Albas Depositas), from the fact that, on this day, the newly-Baptised had laid aside their White Vestments, or Pascha Clausum, because it finishes The Easter Octave, or, again, Low Sunday, perhaps in contrast to The Great Feast of the week before.

To teach those, who, in Baptism, have just been born to The Life of God, the generosity with which they ought to bear testimony to Christ, The Church leads them to the Basilica of The Martyr, Saint Pancras, who, when only twelve years old, offered to Christ the Testimony of his blood.


The entrance avenue to the 
Basilica of Saint Pancras, 
Rome, Italy.
Photo: January 2006.
Source: Own work.
Author: Lalupa.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Christians must stand firm, resting on their Faith in Christ, The Risen Son of God. Saint John tells us that this is The Faith that overcomes the World, for it enables us to resist all efforts to make us fall (Epistle). Thus, it is important that it should have a firm foundation, which The Church gives us in today's Mass.

Saint John says, in the Epistle, that this Faith is founded upon The Witness of The Father, Who, at Our Lord's Baptism (with water), proclaimed Him His Son; of The Son, Who, on The Cross (by His Blood), showed Himself as The Son of God; and of The Holy Ghost, descending on The Apostles on The Day of Pentecost, according to Our Lord's promise, confirmed what Christ had said about His Resurrection and His Divinity; Dogmas, which The Church, guided by The Holy Ghost, never ceases to proclaim.


Interior of the Basilica of Saint Pancras, 
Rome, Italy.
Photo: January 2006.
Source: Own work.
Author: Lalupa.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Our Faith rests, also, on The Testimony of Angels, who announced Our Lord's Rising from The Dead (Offertory), but it is based, chiefly, on His appearances to His Apostles. Further, the Gospel shows us how Christ, appearing twice in The Cenacle, overcame the unbelief of Saint Thomas, praising those who, not having seen, should yet believe.

Let us believe in Jesus, Risen from The Dead, and, in the presence of The Blessed Sacrament, let us repeat Saint Thomas's cry of Faith and humility: "My Lord and my God."


Interior of the Basilica of Saint Pancras, 
Rome, Italy.
Photo: August 2012.
Source: Own work.
Author: Luc.
(Wikimedia Commons)

By our steadfast Faith, and our blameless conduct, let us bear witness to Our Lord Jesus Christ, before an indifferent World.

Every Parish Priest celebrates Mass for the people of his Parish.

Mass: Quasi modo.


English: Saint Pancras before the Emperor,
in a 19th-Century tableau 
in the Church of Saint Pancras, Griesheim, Alsace, France.
Français: Alsace, Bas-Rhin, Griesheim-sur-Souffel,
Eglise St Pancrace, 
Maître-autel (XIXe), tableau de St Pancrace (1855).
Date: 2012.
Source: Own work.
Author: Ralph Hammann.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

The Church of San Pancrazio (English: S. Pancras; Latin: S. Pancratii) is a Roman Catholic ancient Basilica and Titular Church, founded by Pope Symmachus in the 6th-Century, in Rome, Italy. It stands in Via S. Pancrazio, Westward beyond the Porta San Pancrazio that opens in a stretch of the Aurelian Wall on the Janiculum.

The Cardinal Priest of the Titulus S. Pancratii is Antonio Cañizares Llovera. Among the previous Titulars are Pope Paul IV (15 January - 24 September 1537) and Pope Clement VIII (18 December 1585 - 30 January 1592).

The Basilica of Saint Pancras was built by Pope Symmachus (498 A.D. - 514 A.D.), on the place where the body of the young Martyr, Saint Pancras of Rome, or Pancratius, had been buried. In the 17th-Century, it was given to The Discalced Carmelites, who completely remodelled it. The Church underwent further rebuilding in the 19th-Century, but it retains its plain brick facade of the Late-15th-Century, with The Arms of Pope Innocent VIII. Below the Church, there are huge Catacombs, the Catacombe di S. Pancrazio or di Ottavilla. The entrance is next to the small Museo di S. Pancrazio, with fragments of sculpture and pagan and Early-Christian inscriptions.


THIS CONCLUDES THE SERIES OF ARTICLES ON THE LENTEN STATIONS IN ROME.

ZEPHYRINUS HOPES THEY HAVE BEEN OF VALUE TO READERS, ON THEIR LENTEN JOURNEY, AND LOOKS FORWARD TO TRAVELLING THAT SAME JOURNEY WITH YOU NEXT YEAR.

GOD WILLING (DEO VOLENTE).

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