Roman Churches: February 2007 Archives



Today's reflection on beseeching reminded me that I wanted to present one of Rome's loveliest churches for beseeching and for adoring: San Claudio on the Piazza San Silvestro. This is one of the many churches in Rome where the Blessed Sacrament is exposed during the day, drawing the faithful to beseech and to adore.

San Claudio is served by the Sacramentini, the Blessed Sacrament Fathers. A reliquary to the right of the sanctuary contains a likeness of the body of Saint Peter Julian Eymard which, in turn, contains the saint's head. The body of the saint is in the Church of Corpus Christi, avenue de Friedland, in Paris.

At the entrance of the church is a niche containing an image of the Madonna del Santissimo Sacramento: the Virgin holds the Infant Christ offering the mysteries of His Body and Blood. Around the apse of the niche one reads: "Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed" (Pr 9:5).

About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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