Lent has arrived and an ancient tradition resumes: The Station Churches of Rome
Here in the Eternal City, at the beginning of Lent, an early morning ritual commences once again: Known as the Station Church Pilgrimage, hundreds of faithful make their way to a different church in Rome each day for Holy Mass. The majority of the group is made up of seminarians and priests from the Pontifical North American College, along with many English-speaking students from the various study abroad programs in Rome.
In order to give us enough to time to journey to the churches for Mass, we have to leave extra early, such as this morning, with a 5:55am departure time! I've always felt that there is something special about being outdoors and greeting the dawn- but it certainly wasn't easy getting up this morning. However, walking along the Tiber River and seeing another part of Rome was certainly worth it.
Today, on Ash Wednesday, we visited the ancient hill top church of Santa Sabina. Constructed in the mid 400's AD, it contains one of the earliest images of the crucifixion (carved into the cypress wood of its main door) and is also known as the headquarters of the Dominican order.
Ash Wednesday: Santa Sabina