Friday of Week III of Lent

Lucina owned a house at this site and hid Pope Marcellus here during persecutions. Pope Damasus was elected pope in this house in 366. Later the Basilica of St. Lawrence in Lucina was built over the house. Read about the story of the deacon Lawrence. Read also about the Papal Basilica of St. Lawrence Outside the Walls which we visited last Sunday.

Above the high altar is a famous painting of the crucifixion of Christ by Guido Reni. Below the altar is the gridiron on which Saint Lawrence was martyred, which has become the symbol of the saint.

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige, the former Secretary of the Congregation for Liturgy, , is the Cardinal-Priest of the titular church. He is now the Archbishop of the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, a respected liturgist and pastor who has helped to make peace among racial groups in the country.

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