Station Tuesday Lent IV: Statio ad St Laurentium in Damaso

Almighty and merciful God, heed our prayers and by Thy goodness grant us graces won by wholesome self-denial: through Our Lord… The Station today is in St. Lawrence‘s in Damaso—a church built by Pope St. Damascus in honor of the martyred deacon. It was one of the first parish churches in Rome and was rebuilt…

Station Sunday Lent IV: Statio ad St Crucem in Jerusalem

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we, who for our evil deeds justly deserve to be punished, by the comfort of Thy grace may mercifully be relieved. Through Our Lord… The Station at Rome is in the basilica of Holy Cross in Jerusalem, one of the seven principal churches of the holy city….

Station Saturday Lent III: Statio ad St Susannam

Grant, we pray Thee, Almighty God, that Thy servants, who afflict their bodies by fasting, may also abstain from sin and following after justice: through Our Lord… The Station is in the church of St. Susanna, virgin and martyr of Rome. The first Christian place of worship was built here in the 4th century. It…

Station Friday Lent III: Statio ad St Laurentium in Lucina

Accompany our fasts, we beseech, O Lord with Thy benignant favor, that, as in the body we abstain from food, so in spirit we may refrain from sin. Through our Lord… The Station today is at St. Lawrence’s in Lucina. Near the church was a well which was very dear to the Romans and which…

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…

Station Tuesday Lent III: Statio ad St Pudentianam

Almighty and merciful God, heed our prayers and by Thy goodness grant us graces won by wholesome self-denial: through Our Lord… The Station is in the church of St. Pudentiana, daughter of Pudens the senator. This holy virgin of Rome lived in the second century. She was remarkable for her charity, and for the zeal…

Station Sunday Lent III: Statio ad St Laurentium extra muros

Humbling ourselves before Thee, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, favorably to regard the desires of our heart: and in our defense to stretch forth the right hand of Thy Majesty. Through Our Lord… The Station for the Third Sunday in Lent is at St. Laurence-without-the-Walls in Rome which was built by Constantine on the Tiburtine…

Station Friday Lent II: Statio ad St Vitalem

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that, with the sacred fast to purify us, Thou mayest cause us to come with sincere minds to the holy things that are before us: through Our Lord… The Station for today is in the church of St. Vitalis, martyr, the father of the two illustrious Milanese martyrs,…

Station Thursday Lent II: Statio ad St Mariam trans Tibernim

Grant us, we beseech Thee, Lord, the help of Thy grace, so that we who are duly intent on fasting and prayer may be delivered from enemies of soul and body: through Our Lord… The Station for today is in the celebrated basilica, St. Mary‘s across the Tiber. It was consecrated in the third century,…

Station Monday Lent II: Statio ad St Clementem

Grant, we pray Thee, Almighty God, that Thy servants, who afflict their bodies by fasting may also abstain from sin and follow after justice: through Our Lord… The Station today is at St. Clement’s. The oldest level is thought to be the titulus Clementis, one of the first parish churches in Rome, and probably belonged…

Today’s Saint: St Patrick, Apostle of the Irish

Introduction from the Confession of St. Patrick, an autobiography I am Patrick, a sinner, most unlearned, the least of all the faithful, and utterly despised by many. My father was Calpornius, a deacon, son of Potitus, a priest, of the village Bannavem Taburniae; he had a government seat nearby, and there I was taken captive….

Station Ember Wednesday Lent I: Statio ad St Maria Majorem

In mercy heed our prayers, we beg Thee, O Lord; and stretch forth the right hand of Thy majesty against all that is hostile to us: through Our Lord… Today’s Station is at St. Mary Major. The spring Ember Week consecrated the new season to God and by prayer and fasting sought to obtain abundant…