Monday, May 31, 2010

Santa Maria in Trastevere

One of our favourite churches in Rome is also one of the oldest -- Santa Maria in Trastevere. It has a very strong spirit. For both Bill and myself there is always a strong feeling of God's presence. It could also be described as a strong feeling of hospitality in the church itself.
The Byzantine mosaics are some of the most powerful in Rome. Take a seat anywhere and have a quiet look. They really are stunning.
Here is Bill's detail of Mary enthroned with her Son.
Everything in this church is beautiful. Even the way the ancient columns meet the mosaic floor.
There is a strong cult of Saint Anthony in this church. Anthony is a favourite of my family. Bill and I made our handwritten requests to the saint for help for a friend and a family member and left them attached to his statue. There's Bill -- one of hundreds of supplicants a day. A busy saint.
We sat for a while, then realized preparations for a wedding had been in progress. It's a big church and can hold lots of different activities at the same time. Suddenly the church organ started up. Obviously official wedding photographers appeared. Then the bride appeared. She felt like a good omen.

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