DAY 3 OF PILGRIMAGE: A day filled with emotion. First stop Tres Fontane, a trappist monastery. A bit of history... Belonging to the monastery are three separate churches. The first, the Church of St. Paul of Three Fountains, was raised on the spot where St. Paul was beheaded by order of the Emperor Nero. Legend accounts for the three springs (fontane) with the assertion that, when severed from Paul's body, his head bounced and struck the earth in three different places, from which fountains sprang up. These still flow and are located in the sanctuary.
The second church, Santa Maria Scala Coeli, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title "Our Lady of Martyrs", is built over the relics of Saint Zeno and his 10,203 legionaries, who were martyred at the order of Diocletian in 299. In this church is the altar of the scala coeli ("ladder to heaven"), from which the church receives its present name.
Third are the church and monastery dedicated to Saints Vincent and Anastasius, built by Pope Honorius I in 626 and given to the Benedictines. They were to care for the two older sanctuaries, as well as their own church.
After walking to various other Churches and sights including St Paul outside the wall, St Peter in Chains, the Colloseum, Forum and many more, we ended the day back at Tres Fontane for an incredibly moving Vespers (evening prayers) with Gregorian chanting. Ten hours walking in a 30 plus degree Rome was an experience in itself, especially trying to keep up with Brother Joe. Goodnight..I know I will sleep tight. ... See MoreSee Less