Saturday, December 5, 2009

Advent Calendar: Roman Gate 5

Gates, lift high your heads,
raise high the ancient gateways,
and the king of glory shall enter.
Psalm 24: 7 (New Jerusalem Bible)

Porta del Popolo
The Porta del Popolo has been the main entrance to Rome for centuries. It is also called Porta Flaminia because it is the beginning of the ancient Via Flaminia that goes to the north. The outer part of this monumental gate was erected by Vignola in 1561. It is said that he worked on an original design by Michelangelo. This picture is of the inner gate which was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1655 to celebrate the arrival of Queen Christina of Sweden.

Advent Prayer

God our Father,
you loved the world so much
you gave your only Son to free us
from the ancient power of sin and death.
Help us who wait for his coming
and lead us to true liberty.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Liturgy of the Hours, Saturdays in Advent

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