Tuesday, May 12, 2009

1400th Anniversary

Tomorrow, there will be a Solemn Mass at the Church of Santa Maria ad Martyres in commemoration of its 1400 years as a Catholic Church.

At two o'clock.
In 609 the Byzantine emperor Phocas gave the building to Pope Boniface IV, who converted it into a Christian church and consecrated it to Santa Maria ad Martyres, now known as Santa Maria dei Martiri.

The building's consecration as a church saved it from the abandonment, destruction, and the worst of the spoliation which befell the majority of ancient Rome's buildings during the early medieval period.

Be there, or...


be in another country, I guess.

Can't think of any other reason you'd miss it.

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