Santa Sabina, First of the Lenten “Station Churches”

Santa Sabina - exterior

Today Pope Francis celebrated the Ash Wednesday liturgy at the Basilica of Santa Sabina, on the Aventine Hill.The choice of Santa Sabina for today's liturgy was not arbitrary. Santa Sabina is the first of the Lenten Station Churches. In a tradition dating back to the early Church, the faithful of Rome gathered each day of Lent for Mass at a different church. It was, in a sense, a “pilgrimage” for those who could not afford to travel to a distant shrine or pilgrimage site.Today, sem … [Read more...]