Monday, December 7, 2009

Advent Calendar: Roman Gate 7

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

Garden Gate on Via di Porta San Sebastiano

The Via Porta San Sebastiano is a quiet tree-shaded road, leading from the Baths of Caracalla to the "Appian Gate." The road itself was originally part of the Via Appia Antica and outside of the earliest Roman walls. In the 3rd century, the Aurelian Walls were built which incorporated this area into the city.
Porta San Sebastiano, also known as the Porta Appia

Collect for the 2nd Sunday of Advent

Stir up our hearts, O Lord,
to prepare the paths of thine Only-begotten Son:
that we may worthily serve thee
with hearts purified by His coming:
Who livest and reignest with God the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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