Monday, December 22, 2008

Advent Calendar: Roman Door 22

Door in Piazza Sant' Egidio. This piazza in the Roman neighborhood of Trastevere has not changed much in appearance since the 17th century and has been part of the "beaten track" since ancient times when it was on the ancient consular road known as the Aurelia Vetus, leading travelers and troops to the sea. At the center of the piazza is the small church dedicated to Sant' Egidio which has become the center of the Comunità di S. Egidio. The police car stationed permanently in the square is to there protect the Community from threats received several years ago when it was involved in peace negotiations in Mozambique and Africa and in the Middle East. 

O Rex Gentium, et desideratus earum,
lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum:
veni, et salva hominem,
quem de limo formasti.

O King of the nations, and their desire,
the cornerstone making both one:
Come and save the human race,
which you fashioned from clay.

"For a child has been born for us, a son given us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6
"He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore." Isaiah 2:4

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