Feast of the Dedication of the Church of Our Lady of the Snows / Mary Major
Dom Guéranger – the Liturgical Year
Rome, Peter, the first of this month, delivered from the bondage, offers a wonderful spectacle in the world. Wisdom, which since the glorious Pentecost have walked the earth, in what place was there any truth to this point of singing that you sprained your victorious feet superb heights? Idolatrous Rome had seven hills spread its splendor and built the temples of their false gods; seven churches appear as highlights on which Rome purified supports its now truly eternal basis.
Now, however, through their site itself, the basilicas of Peter and Paul, those of Lawrence and Sebastian, placed at the four outside corners of the city of the Caesars, reminiscent of the long siege continued around three centuries of ancient Rome, during which the news was based…
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