Preparing for Lent

In the traditional liturgical calendar we find ourselves in the midst of Septuagesima, the preparatory season for Lent. Things have been busy and my Lent will be focused mostly only ways a maintaining a more balanced day.

There are so many holy sites in Rome, and saints to visit. My resolve is to visit more in a spirit of gratitude, joy, and emulation.

Saint Paul of the Cross, pray for us!

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Crucifix Chapel at the Gesù

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Yesterday we had a beautiful procession following the blessing of the candles for Candlemas and then a Solemn High Mass.

The Altar before the blessing of the Candles

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From the blessing of the candles

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Working my magic, as everyone else processed

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And from the Mass

 

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Some close-ups of art in the Church

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