United to the Mystery of Jesus in the Desert

With the “Gesima,” pre-Lent Sundays we added a layer of context to our contexts: Roman Station churches. Each day of Lent has, by millennial tradition, an assigned church in Rome. On weekdays, people gathered at a nearby “collect” church and then processed singing penitential litanies and hymns to the “stopping” church, or “statio” where the Sacrifice of the Mass would be celebrated. The texts of the Lenten Masses in the Vetus Ordo are often connected to the locations of the…

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