Station Wednesday in Holy Week: Statio ad St Mariam Majorem

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we who are continually afflicted by reason of our excesses, may be delivered through the passion of Thine only-begotten Son. The Station today is at St. Mary Major for the second time during Lent. As we set our eyes on the Sacred Triduum, it is good to stand in…

Palm Sunday: Statio ad St Ioannem Laterano

O God, whom to love above all is righteousness, multiply in us the gifts of Thine ineffable grace: and since Thou hast given us in the death of Thy Son to hope for those things which we believe, grant us by the Resurrection of the same to attain the end to which we aspire. The…

Station Thursday Passiontide I: Statio ad St Apollinarem

Grant, we pray Thee, almighty God, that the dignity of humankind, impaired as it is by self-indulgence, may be restored by the practice of wholesome self-denial: through Our Lord… The Station at Rome is in the church of St. Apollinaris, who was a disciple of St. Peter, and afterwards bishop of Ravenna. He was martyred. The church was founded in…

Station Wednesday Lent III: Statio ad St Xystum

O Lord, may our fasting and our avoidance of sin win for us Your readier forgiveness. Through Our Lord . . . The Station, at Rome, is in the church of St. Sisto Vecchio. It was built in the 4th century, and was one of the first parish churches in Rome and was known as…

Monday Lent III: Statio ad St Marcum

Pour forth in Thy mercy, we beseech Thee, O Lord, thy grace into our hearts, that as we abstain from carnal food, may we also restrain our senses from harmful excesses. Through our Lord… The Station is in the church of St. Mark, which was built in the fourth century in honor of the evangelist,…

Saturday Lent II: Statio ad Ss Marcellinum et Petrum

Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, a saving virtue to our fast: that the chastisement of the flesh, which we have taken upon us, may bestow new life to our souls: through Our Lord… The Station is in the church of Sts. Peter and Marcellinus, two celebrated martyrs of Rome under the persecution of Diocletian. Their relics were brought…

Ember Saturday Lent I: Statio ad St Petrum

We beseech thee, O Lord, graciously to hear the prayers of thy people; and of thy great goodness turn aside from them the scourges of thine anger: through Our Lord… St. Peter’s Basilica (Italian San Pietro in Vaticano) built by Constantine in 323, the basilica was erected over the place where St. Peter was buried, it is a major…

Station Thursday Lent I: Statio ad S. Laurentii

Mercifully look down, we beseech Thee, O Lord, upon the devotion of Thy people, that they who are mortified in  the flesh by abstinence, may be refreshed in mind by the fruit of good works: through Our Lord… Station at St Laurence’s in Panisperna (via Panisperna on the Esquiline Hill, close to S. Mary Major) The…

Stational Churches in Lent: A pilgrimage

Historically, on particular days the faithful of Rome would gather (or collect together) with the pope at a designated church called the ecclesia collecta. After the recitation of a prayer there, the assembly proceeded to another church referred to as the stational church. In procession, they chanted the Litany of the Saints. At the stational…

Station Wednesday Passiontide II: Statio ad St Mariam Majorem

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we who are continually afflicted by reason of our excesses, may be delivered through the passion of Thine only-begotten Son. The Station today is at St. Mary Major for the second time during Lent. As we set our eyes on the Sacred Triduum, it is good to stand in…

Station Tuesday Passiontide II: Statio ad St Priscam

Almighty and everlasting God, grant that we may celebrate the mysteries of our Lord’s Passion that we may deserve to receive Thy pardon. Through Jesus Christ our Lord… The Station today is at the church of St. Prisca. Saint Prisca was baptized by Saint Peter when she was thirteen. She was thrown to the lions…

Station Monday Passiontide II: Statio ad St Praxedem

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who ail through infirmity in our many difficulties, may be relieved through the merits of the passion of Thine only-begotten Son. The Station today is at the church of St. Praxedes which was built over St. Praxedes’ house. It was one of the twenty-five original parishes in Rome. It is easily…