Friday, April 03, 2009

Via Crucis in Rome with Litany of the Saints

Tonight in Rome: hope you like it!


JohnB said...

John, this is probably your best-filmed clip so far. Really impressive. The finale of entering the door and panning up to the dome is stellar!
Im regretting I was too fatigued to go with you.

Carlos Echevarria said...

Thanks for posting...great site, I love the photos, hopefully I can travel to Rome this summer...

Anonymous said...

I know what Confraternities are (latmen in devout Catholic societies who dress in a special costume for great feasts and processions, especially in Italy, Spain, and Latin America (unfortunatly practically unknown in English speaking countries).

But from this video clip, it looks like the lead people in the procession in religious garb are actually friars of some Order (either new or ancient Order). I picked out the Heralds of the Gospel (the male branch more and more seems to be turning into a community of friars or monks...which would be wonderful.)

But I'm hoping that the guys in the lead with the candles and cross and the black scauplars are actually friars of an Order, and not just laymen in a Confraternity.

Sekman said...

Great video,
I was in Rome two weeks ago and stayed near the Spanish steps, do you happen to know what order has the church at the top of the Spanish steps, I believe they were french I went there one evening and they had sung vespers. There were about six to eight nuns and four brothers/some priests.

Anonymous said...

The lead was a confraternity. Some of the priests were religious(they wore cassocks instead of the habit though, like the lead singer)The Heralds are consecrated lay, but within they also have a clerical society of apostolic life and another of consecrated life. They just use the name Heralds of the Gospel for everyone, priests, sisters, consecrated lay and married lay.

Among the religious there were the Heralds with the shorter purple stoles, the Domincans (two from Santa Maria sopra Minerva) and the chaplain of the Parafinieri, an Agostinian and pastor of St. Anna in Vaticano if I am not mistaken.
At the end the bishop gave a blessing with the Lignun Crucis.
John, you forgot to take the chance to take pictures of the Parafinieri uniform!

Anonymous said...

That's Trinita dei Monte on top of the Spanish Steps. For almost 125+ years, it was run by the Religious of the Sacred Heart nuns, a French Order founded by St. Madeleine Sophie Barat. At their peak in the late 1950's right before the disaster of Vatican II, they had close to 8,000 nuns are because of their strict and traditional lives, were called affectionatly the "female Jesuits".
Their main apostolate was teaching, and they had a ton of boarding schools for girls in France, most of Western Europe including Italy, in Latin America, and the USA.
Today, there are less than 2,300 habitless, liberal dissident femminist nuns of this Order (what a surprise what happened to them..LOL). They gave up Trinita dei Monte in 2005 due to a severe lack of sisters (after all, what young Catholic girl who loves the Church wants to join an order of radical habitless nuns?).
The community which took over is also French, and I think they are called either the Community of the Beatitudes, or the Community of Jerusalem. They are traditional in the sense that they try to live authentic religious lives, and wear some form of monastic garb, but that's about it. Unless they've become more traditional, they were very much a pro-Vatican II/Novus Ordo group which does not foster traditional Catholicism. Again, unless they've changed, they are/were alot like the Protestant Taize community. And that's not a compliment.

Sid said...

Where in Rome? What streets? What church at the end?