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Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churchesby George Weigel
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The annual Lenten pilgrimage to dozens of Romes most striking churches is a sacred tradition dating back almost two millennia, to the earliest days of Christianity. Along this historic spiritual pathway, todays pilgrims confront the mysteries of the Christian faith through a program of biblical and early Christian readings amplified by some of the greatest art and architecture of western civilization.
In Roman Pilgrimage, bestselling theologian and papal biographer George Weigel, art historian Elizabeth Lev, and photographer Stephen Weigel lead readers through this unique religious and aesthetic journey with magnificent photographs and revealing commentaries on the pilgrimages liturgies, art, and architecture. Through reflections on each days readings about faith and doubt, heroism and weakness, self-examination and conversion, sin and grace, Romes familiar sites take on a new resonance. And along that same historical path, typically unexplored treasures—artifacts of ancient history and hidden artistic wonders—appear in their original luster, revealing new dimensions of one of the worlds most intriguing and multi-layered cities.
A compelling guide to the Eternal City, the Lenten Season, and the itinerary of conversion that is Christian life throughout the year, Roman Pilgrimage reminds readers that the imitation of Christ through faith, hope, and love is the template of all true discipleship, as the exquisite beauty of the Roman station churches invites reflection on the deepest truths of Christianity.
"A pilgrimage is an important practice in many religious traditions. Weigel, popular Catholic author (The Courage to be Catholic) and senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, traces an ancient Christian pilgrimage traditionally undertaken during the liturgical season of Lent. The fourth century practice of visiting the tombs of Christian martyrs evolved into a journey to churches built near martyrs' tombs. Gorgeous photographs by Stephen Weigel — of churches, basilicas, and cathedrals — accompany in-depth historical accounts and fascinating insights from Lev into the role these edifices play in the life of the larger Catholic Church. Each chapter begins with the day's Scripture readings and a brief exegesis, along with practical advice on living one's faith in a more authentic way. These reflections bring the traditional Lenten ascetic practices of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving into a contemporary context. This valuable companion for the Lenten journey works best slowly digested through the liturgical season, concluding with Easter, the most holy day in Christianity. Agent: Loretta Barrett, Loretta Barrett Books." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
In recent decades, Americans in Rome have revived an ancient Christian custom: the daily pilgrimage to dozens of Romes most striking churches during Lent and Easter Week. Along this historical and spiritual pathway, pilgrims encounter hidden artistic wonders and treasured Christian commentaries, while also confronting the great mysteries of the Christian faith through a program of biblical and early Christian readings. The itinerary of the Roman station church pilgrimage offers Christians an opportunity to reflect on their religion and ponder the quality of their discipleship. In Roman Pilgrimage, best-selling theologian George Weigel, art historian Elizabeth Lev, and photographer Stephen Weigel guide readers along this religious and aesthetic journey with gorgeous photographs and revealing essays on the pilgrimages art, architecture, and liturgies.
A reminder of the call for renewal and conversion during each Lenten season, Roman Pilgrimage reflects on the deepest truths of Christianity and the exquisite beauty of the station churches of Rome.
About the Author
George Weigel is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he holds the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies. The author of numerous books on Catholicism and faith, Weigel lives with his wife in North Bethesda, Maryland.
Elizabeth Lev is an American-born art historian living in Rome. She teaches art history at Duquesne Universitys Italian campus and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. She is the author of The Tigress of Forlì: Renaissance Italys Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de' Medici.
Stephen Weigel is a professional photographer and the principal of Stephen Weigel Photography.
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