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Friday, February 19, 2010

Station at Saints John and Paul

Friday after Ash Wednesday
Station at Saints John and Paul
(SS. Giovanni e Paolo)

Tomb of Saints John and Paul

This station at Rome was on Mount Coelius,
in the residence that the Christian senator Pammachius
in the fifth century transformed into a parish church,
which bears the title of Saints John and Paul.

Six frescoes of that period represent the captivity and death fo these two Romans,
"who in the same faith and the same martyrdom
were truly united as brethren."

(from the Collect of their feast day, 26 June)

Pursue with Thy bounteous favour,
O Lord, we beseech Thee,
the fasts we have begun,
that the observance that we keep bodily,
we may be able to practise with sincere minds.
Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord,
Who liveth and reigneth with Thee
in the unity of the Holy Ghost,
world without end. Amen.

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