Happy Feast of Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows! (Novena: DAY 9)
From yesterday’s station Church (photos by Mr. Madison Hayes): San Clemente
Today’s station Church: Santa Balbina
It was Saint Balbina who found the chains of Saint Peter at the request of Pope St. Alexander I, for he said she would be healed of her infirmity if she would find the chains that bound the first Pope and kiss them (rather than kiss the chains of Alexander who was bound in prison under the reign of Trajan). She did so and it was with on account of these chains that Saint Peter in Chains was built.
The father of Balbina converted and was sentenced to death. Saint Balbina is believed to have been sentenced to death under Hadrian in 130 A.D. She is one of the Saints that adorns the colonnade of Saint Peter’s Square.
Prayer over the People:
Let us pray.
Bow your heads to God.
Mercifully heed our humble prayers, O Lord, and heal the weakness of our souls, that having obtained forgiveness, we may ever rejoice in Your blessing. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.
Last year’s meditation by Saint Thomas Aquinas: Tuesday after the Second Sunday in Lent
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