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Memorial of the Dedication of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

August 5th, 2011, Promulgated by Bernie

Today, August 5, is the optional Memorial of the Dedication of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (St. Mary Major), in Rome.

“The Patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major reigns as an authentic jewel in the crown of Roman churches. Its beautiful treasures are of inestimable value, and represent the Church’s role as the cradle of Christian artistic civilization in Rome. For nearly sixteen centuries, St. Mary Major has held its position as a Marian shrine par excellence and has been a magnet for pilgrims from all over the world who have come to the Eternal City to experience the beauty, grandeur and holiness of the basilica…

“Among the Patriarchal Basilicas of Rome, St. Mary Major is the only one to have kept its original structure, though it has been enhanced over the course of years. Special details within the church render it unique including the fifth century mosaics of the central nave, the triumphal arch dating back to the pontificate of Pope Sixtus III (432-440) and the apsidal mosaic executed by the Franciscan friar Jacopo Torriti at the order of Pope Nicholas IV (1288-1292). Other gems of the church include…

“Every August 5th, a solemn celebration recalls the Miracle of the Snows. Before the amazed eyes of the congregation, a cascade of white petals descends from the coffered ceiling, blanketing the hypogeum…”










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Excellent Panoramic View (Move your cursor to look all around, even at the beautiful floor)


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One Response to “Memorial of the Dedication of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore”

  1. Raymond F. Rice says:

    Your articles seem to be enhancing my Catholicism! ! ! LOL LOL

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