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 journey through the streets to visit various churches. As they walked they would pray the Litany of the Saints. The bishop of Rome, that is the Holy Father, would join them, lead them in prayer, and celebrate Mass at the church.
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.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll visit these station churches together. Forty churches in all – a few are repeated.
New videos posted each day throughout Lent.
You should buy my dad’s Lenten song, 40 Days.
Week of Ash Wednesday
First Week of Lent
Sunday – Saint John Lateran
Monday – San Pietro in Vincoli
Tuesday – Sant Anastasia
Wednesday – Saint Mary Major
Thursday – San Lorenzo in Panisperna
Friday – Santi Apostoli
Saturday – Saint Peter’s Basilica (Part 1)
Second Week of Lent
Third Week of Lent
Fourth Week of Lent
Sunday – Santa Croce in Gerusalemme (Part 1)
Monday – Santi Quattro Coronati
Tuesday – San Lorenzo in Damaso
Wednesday – Saint Paul Outside the Walls
Thursday – Santi Silvestro e Martino ai Monti
Friday – San Eusebio
Saturday – San Nicola in Carcere
Fifth Week of Lent
Sunday – Saint Peter’s Basilica (Part 2)
Monday – San Crisogono
Tuesday – Santa Maria in via Lata
Wednesday – San Marcello
Thursday – San Apollinare
Friday – San Stefano
Saturday – San Giovanni a Porta Latina
Palm Sunday – Saint John Lateran (Part 2)
Monday – Santa Prassede
Tuesday – Santa Prisca
Wednesday – Saint Mary Major (Part 2)
Thursday – Saint John Lateran (Part 3)
Good Friday – Santa Croce in Gerusalemme (Part 2)
Holy Saturday – Saint John Lateran (Part 4)
Easter Sunday – Saint Mary Major (Part 3)