Every Christmas eve in Rome, for me, consists of a barnstorming tour which includes vespers at the Russicum as well as a visit to St. Mary Major (to see the true creche), etc.
The next time you find yourself in Rome be sure to attend vespers on a Saturday night at the Russicum which is just across the street from St. Mary Major.
What time is vespers at the Russicum? Any idea where one might find their liturgical schedule? Thanks!
Vespers is normally at 7pm on Saturday, and Divine Liturgy at 10am on Sunday. The rector, Don Claudio, (the celebrant whom you see in this picture), is very diligent about having a printed schedule of other services printed and available to all to take with them from the Church. They normally do Solemn Compline and Matins at 6pm before the 12 Great Feasts, and the Mass of the Presanctified or Canon of St. Andrew every Wednesday and Friday of Lent, also at 6pm.
Just spent a week in Rome, renting an apartment on the Via Merulana just four blocks from Sta. Maria Maggiore. Went to Mass daily there, as well as the nearby Basilica of St. Prassedes. Never saw the Russicum, let alone even knew it was so close.
What do you mean, "just across the street from"?
If you are looking at the Basilica, it is on the right. There is an UPIM on the corner (in the Lombard Seminary building) and then just beyond that there is the Oriental Institute and the Church attached, with stairs going up, is the Russicum. There are usually shoe and clothing mongers in front of the Oriental Inst portone.
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