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Lenten Station Churches of Rome

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About the Station Churches

Pilgrims who travel to Rome during Lent can participate in a beautiful custom that dates back to the fourth century. It’s a custom that began as a way to strengthen the sense of community in the city while honoring the holy martyrs of Rome. The faithful would end their daily lenten fast by gathering at a church, called the collect. From here they would be met by the bishop of Rome, the Holy Father. Together they would process through the streets while praying the Litany of Saints. Once they arrived at that day’s station church, the pope would celebrate Mass for the local community.

Though this practice was around for years, Pope Saint Gregory the Great established the order of the churches to be visited, the prayers to be recited, and designated this as a Lenten practice. The tradition continued until 1309, when the papacy moved to Avignon. Pope Leo XIII revived the tradition and it was fully restored by John XXIII in 1959.

These days, the Holy Father only joins the local community for the first Mass on Ash Wednesday.

Throughout Lent, we’ll visit these station churches together. Forty churches in all.

Week of Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021 – Santa Sabina
Thursday, February 18, 2021 – San Giorgio al Velabro
Friday, February 19, 2021 – Santi Giovanni e Paolo
Saturday, February 20, 2021 – Sant Agostino

First Week of Lent

Sunday, February 21, 2021 – Saint John Lateran
Monday, February 22, 2021 – San Pietro in Vincoli
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 – Sant’Anastasia
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 – Saint Mary Major
Thursday, February 25, 2021 – San Lorenzo in Panisperna
Friday, February 26, 2021 – Santi Apostoli
Saturday, February 27, 2021 – Saint Peter’s Basilica (Part 1)

Second Week of Lent

Sunday, February 28, 2021 – Santa Maria in Domnica
Monday, March 1, 2021 – San Clemente
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 – Santa Balbina
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 – Santa Cecilia
Thursday, March 4, 2021 – Santa Maria in Trastevere
Friday, March 5, 2021 – San Vitale
Saturday, March 6, 2021 – Santi Marcellino e Pietro

Third Week of Lent

Sunday, March 7, 2021 – San Lorenzo fuori le Mura
Monday, March 8, 2021 – San Marco
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 – Santa Pudenziana
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 – San Sisto
Thursday, March 11, 2021 – Santi Cosma e Damiano
Friday, March 12, 2021 – San Lorenzo in Lucina
Saturday, March 13, 2021 – Santa Susanna

Fourth Week of Lent

Sunday, March 14, 2021 – Santa Croce in Gerusalemme (Part 1)
Monday, March 15, 2021 – Santi Quattro Coronati
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 – San Lorenzo in Damaso
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 – Saint Paul Outside the Walls
Thursday, March 18, 2021 – Santi Silvestro e Martino ai Monti
Friday, March 19, 2021 – Sant’Eusebio
Saturday, March 20, 2021 – San Nicola in Carcere

Fifth Week of Lent

Sunday, March 21, 2021 – Saint Peter’s Basilica (Part 2)
Monday, March 22, 2021 – San Crisogono
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 – Santa Maria in via Lata
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 – San Marcello
Thursday, March 25, 2021 – Sant’Apollinare
Friday, March 26, 2021 – Santo Stefano
Saturday, March 27, 2021 – San Giovanni a Porta Latina

Holy Week

Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021 – Saint John Lateran (Part 2)
Monday, March 29, 2021 – Santa Prassede
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 – Santa Prisca
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 – Saint Mary Major (Part 2)
Thursday, April 1, 2021 – Saint John Lateran (Part 3)
Good Friday, April 2, 2021 – Santa Croce in Gerusalemme (Part 2)
Holy Saturday, April 3, 2021 – Saint John Lateran (Part 4)
Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 – Saint Mary Major (Part 3)