Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Advent Calendar: Roman Gate 23

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

Gate to Cimitero Acattolico

This is the entrance to the Non-Catholic Cemetery here in Rome, often called the Protestant Cemetery or English Cemetery. Among those buried in the cemetery are John Keats, the poet Shelly, Goethe's illegitimate son August, American architect William Rutherford Meade (of McKim, Meade & White), Richard Henry Dana, the author of Two Years Before the Mast, Antonio Gramsci, a founding father of European Communism, and many other people who were painters, sculptors, authors and diplomats.

O King of the Gentiles
and the long-for Ruler of the nations,
You are the cornerstone Who make all one.
- Come and save those whom You have created.

O Emmanuel
our King and our Lawgiver
You are the Desired of the nations
and the Savior of all men.
- Come to save us, O Lord, our God!

From the Great "O Antiphons"

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