Rome's ancient Churches: A Lenten Pilgrimage

S. Martino ai Monti

in the 4th century. At the beginning it was an oratory devoted to all the martyrs. It is known that a preparation meeting for the Council of Nicaea was held here in 324. The current church of San Martino ai Monti dates from the Carolingian era, but a 3rd century pillared hall has been located below and adjacent to the later church.

The priest Equitius built an oratory on his own land. Symmachus rebuilt it, dedicating it to St. Silvester and St. Martin of Tours, and then again to St. Martin, Pope. In 1559 it was given to the Carmelites, who in 1650 remodelled it. It is notable for its landscapes by Poussin.

Rome's Hidden Churches: A Lenten Pilgrimage

Timothy T. O'Donnell, KGCHS

President of Christendom College

Professor of Theology & History


The practice of the bishop, his clergy and people processing to different "stational churches" for Mass during Lent dates from fourth century Jerusalem. In Rome this pious Lenten pilgrimage was greatly enriched with indulgences. Today, the Pope still begins Lent by traveling to Santa Sabina, the first Station Church of Rome. Prepare for Easter yourself by joining EWTN as we visit many of Rome's Stational Churches this Lent.

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